Since it was founded in 2013, the Depressed Cake Shop has raised more than $60,000 for mental health-focused charities by selling pastries from pop-up shops at local events. Ranging from cupcakes and custom-designed marshmallows to cake pops and ‘misfortune cookies,’ all of the confections are stained dark gray to symbolize the one-in-four people that will suffer from a mental health disorder in their lifetime. Depressed Cake Shop’s mission became so popular that pop-up shops started showing up in Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, and right here in L.A.
But gray wasn’t the right color palate for their latest collaboration: a tribute to Robin Williams’ life and career by 24 different sugar artists and bakers from around the world. Dubbed the “Legacy of Laughter” project and organized by Jane Reyes, Laura Peterson, and Mary Tomaczek, each contributing artist chose a personal favorite character that Williams portrayed—one that brought a sense of brightness into their own lives—and used that as sweet inspiration. A few of the stunning results can be seen below.
“I was so upset when Robin Williams passed away,” says co-organizer Laura Peterson. “I saw a man who gave everything to bring joy to people’s lives. He was an alien, a Genie, a doctor, a lawyer—even a woman. I decided to put this collaboration together to showcase the legacy of laughter he left us and also, by aligning with Depressed Cake Shop, to let anyone who needs help know that they should reach out and ask for it. Together we will celebrate an unforgettable life and help as many people as we can along the way.”
The full gallery (which can be seen here) was released to the public on September 10th, the World Health Organization’s World Suicide Prevention Day. This year’s theme is “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives,” and will focus on raising awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death on a global level.
To get involved with the Depressed Cake Shop, or to open a pop-up of your own, email firstname.lastname@example.org.