Depressed cakes lift Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury’s Depressed Cake Shop proved to be a huge success as local cafes and bakers rose to the challenge and created delicious cakes to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, in partnership with Shropshire Mind, hosted the Depressed Cake Shop in October to coincide with World Mental Health Day. Stop Coffee Shop, Ginger & Co, O’Joy , CSons, Café on the Cop, Toot Sweets, Lemon Box Bakery, the Gallery Tearooms, Ana Ribeiro and local food blogger Kath at the Ordinary Cook all made special bakes for the event. But there was a twist – all the goodies on sale had an element of grey to signify the grey cloud that can descend over someone who is struggling with mental health issues.

Shrewsbury Museum’s Fay Bailey said, “Shrewsbury has a wealth of baking talent and we were blown away by the ingenuity bakers demonstrated making ‘depressed’ yet delicious grey cakes. They showed great generosity in helping us to raise over £250 for Shropshire Mind and to get people talking about mental health.”

The pop-up is part of a series of events aimed at welcoming visitors to Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. To find out more, email martha.mondon@shropshire.gov.uk.

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