The India Depressed Cake Shop!

16 Nov

‘Stressed spelled backwards is Desserts’. I’ve seen this line in many posters at cake shops and I couldn’t agree more. Many of us often pick up a dessert to lift our mood when we feel low. But what about those who live in a state of distress day in and day out? On 16th November, desserts played a big role in making a difference in their lives. Lavonne decided to raise awareness and support a global movement for those suffering from depression and mental illnesses by organizing a one day pop up cake shop – The India Depressed Cake Shop in Bangalore. The idea was simple – every baker in the city who wanted to support this cause could volunteer to display and sell their goodies and the proceedings would go to an organization named ‘Medico Pastoral Association’.

When so many bakers come together, ofcourse there has to be a creative twist. The only condition was to ensure all desserts have an element of ‘grey’ – a colour to signify depression. Over thirty bakers from the city came together to support this cause and showcase their goodies.


Expecting to see a lot of grey colored desserts, there I was, ready to do my rounds at the stalls. As I started chatting with the bakers I realized how every dessert was so thought through and had a story behind it.

Sandhya, a software engineer by profession and a home baker (Cake My Heart) by passion told me about her ‘Vanilla Confetti Cake Pops’. Each one of them had a different shape but with pretty grey flowers on top to state that each person is different but pretty in their own way. And then there was her Chocolate Blackout Cake that was covered with glitter with a message that there is a bright side to everything that’s dark.


Similarly Purbasha of Sweet Nothings offered me a beautifully layered jar with a cinnamon infused biscuit layer at the bottom, a layer of dark chocolate cake and ganache and on top of was a layer of grey coloured Swiss meringue. When I dug into the jar for my first bite, pop came out a bright red cherry. The message she wanted to convey was simple – no matter how grey we feel on the outside, but inside all of us have a heart which is pretty similar.


It was great to see support with stalls by established names such as Chef Girish Nayak of Olive Beach, Monica Manchanda of Sin-a- Mon and Leela Thomas of Cupcake Noggins to bakers who have ventured into the baking world just off late. One such baker was Hajra who was filled with excitement to showcase a beautiful Ombre Cake for the first time, especially for a noble cause.


I absolutely loved the whole idea behind this pop up cake shop! It definitely made me give this cause a thought. Kudos to Chef Vinesh Johny, Jonnie Tan and the entire Lavonne team for bringing this to life.



One Response to “The India Depressed Cake Shop!”

  1. Hajra Fahad November 17, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    Wow a lovely post . Thank you 🙂

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