Cake Shop Wants Us to Talk About Depression
In addition to the sale of gray baked goods donated by local bakers, 13 restaurants and chefs are participating in the Depressed Cake Shop and will make full-size cakes. Stevens from Jodycakes and Mendoza from Triniti will be joined by chefs from Uchi, The Pass & Provisions, Brooklyn Athletic Club, Bar Boheme, Eatsie Boys, Americas, Paulie's, Phoenicia Specialty Foods, Mr. Peeples and Underbelly. Ja'Nel Witt, winner of the latest season of the reality show Hell's Kitchen, will also be participating.
Photo by Kaitlin Steinberg Sample depressed baked goods from Jodycakes, left, and Boheme, right.
Mendoza says she's going black -- instead of gray -- and making a chocolate and raspberry cake with a crunchy chocolate feuilletine in the middle.
Kaz Edwards of Uchi is working on a cake with basic flavors of yuzu (similar to a sour mandarin) and blackberry, along with lime and lemon ash to create a gray color.
"There are a couple of elements that we're still kind of hashing out," Edwards says, "but we'll definitely do something with rainy clouds, and we toyed with the idea of incorporating Eeyore (from "Winnie the Pooh") somehow."
Over at Boheme, chef Rishi Singh has created an Asian five-spice apple cake (we tried it, and it's delicious) that he plans to ice with a chai/cardamom cream cheese spread colored gray.
"I think you could say that cake is an antidepressant," Singh says. "Oh, and I think the cardamom in chai is mood-elevating as well!"
Small baked items will be available for sale at the event, but all the cakes that the participating chefs and restaurants produce will be raffled off. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased online now or at the event. You needn't to be present to win.
As if cakes and cookies (gray though they may be) aren't good enough, Deep Eddy Vodka is mixing up complimentary greyhound cocktails, and Phoenicia Specialty Foods will provide appetizers.