Happy weekend all!
This weekend, the lovely @Bubakes has asked if she can host a week, and we are very happy for her to do so for this brilliant cause. There is also a prize for the winner!
This weekend’s theme is Grey Bakes, in order to raise awareness for the mental health charity MIND, and Help for Heroes, and to raise awareness of our own mental health. Many of us have been affected by this matter, and it is very close to our little hearts.
As @Bubakes puts it – Be it cakes, frosting, meringues, macarons, cookies or any other treats, we want to see your grey Depressed Cake inspired bakes. Bonus points will be given to those who can also incorporate a pop of colour! Please submit your bakes to @SBCTakeover @BuBakesCakes using #BakeADifference. The winner of the week will receive on of my limited edition Bake A Difference with BuBakes tea towels!
@Bubakes will be running the Baking Club through our takeover website – @SBCTakeover , so please join us!
Please see the below from Bubakes, and we look forward to seeing you all! For those in Essex, do pop along to the County Cricket Ground on the 7th as well.
Laura and Dominique xxx
The Depressed Cake Shop comes to Essex this August!
Local cake business BuBakes is hosting an event on Sunday, August 7th to raise money for Mind and Help the Heroes, and to raise awareness of mental health issues
On Sunday, August 7th, the County Cricket Ground in Chelmsford will play host to The Depressed Cake Shop, organised by me (AKA BuBakes!) to raise money for Mind and Help the Heroes.
As many of you will know I suffered a breakdown in 2014 and was subsequently diagnosed with anxiety and depression, I then left my job to found cake business BuBakes: for me, The Depressed Cake Shop is a perfect fit.
Baking and cake decorating help to ease my anxiety symptoms, I’m so pleased to have found a job that allows me to continue to work as well as helping me to feel better.
I’m excited about hosting The Depressed Cake Shop here in Chelmsford – I’m hoping that it will give those concerned about mental health a safe haven to talk openly and for the public to find out more about mental health issues, all while enjoying some delicious cakes and knowing that the proceeds are going to a good cause.
One in four people will be affected by a mental health issue at some point during their lifetime – either by being diagnosed themselves or by having a loved one diagnosed with a mental health issue.
Initially founded by Emma Thomas in 2013, the Depressed Cake Shop revolves around the simple act of baking and selling baked goods to raise both awareness and funds: the one stipulation is that these tasty treats must be grey (but can have a splash of colour to represent hope). Although Emma is no longer involved, the reigns have been taken up by a group known as the “Depressed Cake Shop co-conspirators” who continue to spread the word.
I am delighted to be named as the newest co-conspirator, and my Depressed Cake Shop event will take place…from 11am to 5pm on Sunday, August 7th, at the County Cricket Ground in Chelmsford. The trademark Depressed Cake Shop grey bakes will take centre stage, and there will be a number of activities – including a raffle, face painting and more – taking place on the day. All proceeds from the event will be split between mental health charity Mind, and UK military charity Help for Heroes.
To compliment my Depressed Cake Shop pop up, the lovely Sunday Baking Club have given me permission to take over for a week. So for the weekend d. 6/7th August the theme will be grey bakes. Be it cakes, frosting, meringues, macarons, cookies or any other treats, I want to see your grey Depressed Cake inspired bakes. Bonus points will be given to those who can also incorporate a pop of colour! Please submit your bakes to @SBCTakeover @BuBakesCakes using #BakeADifference. The winner of the week will receive one of my limited edition Bake A Difference with BuBakes tea towels!
(The tea towels are available to order via firstname.lastname@example.org and cost £10 + £1.99 P&P, will all profits being shared between Mind and Help for Heroes.)
A tiny bit about Bu
I publish regular blog posts on the BuBakes website: posts that cover both cakes and mental health. Since founding BuBakes, I’ve been honoured in both fields: depression suffered Stephen Fry endorsed one mental health blog post, Michel Roux Jr favourably critiqued a BuBakes cake on Great British Bake Off – Extra Slice, I also recently reached the final of the 2016 North Essex Business Awards.