Does Baking Help Depression?

From a recent article in the Guardian,

They say baking soothes the soul. How can it not? There is something so reassuring about the ritual – quietly weighing out butter, sugar, flour, cracking eggs, whisking, beating and folding. "If you're feeling a little bit down, a bit of kneading helps," Mary Berry once said. It is not just indulging in the end results – the cake;the biscuits, the scones – that helps to brighten up a blue day, but the therapeutic process itself.
To bring awareness to the fact that 1 in 4 people are afflicted with some type of mental illness, the Buckwild Gallery in Los Angeles will become a pop-up cake shop. Many people who suffer from depression often suffer in silence. The Depressed Cake Shop is a different kind of cake shop – one that features gray, sad-looking cakes that are meant to represent the feelings of depression and other illnesses -- when people cut the cakes open, they’ll find a pop of color symbolizing hope. The weekend pop-up will open the doors for a conversation about depression to begin. On August 23rd and 24th, the Buckwild Gallery in Venice will be transformed into The Depressed Cake Shop.

The opening night party will have delicious grey baked goods, themed artwork and photography from renowned artists, complimentary beer and wine, and more.

All proceeds will benefit the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) Westside LA.
Dates: August 23 (7-11pm) and August 24 (9am-6pm)
Location: Buckwild Gallery, 12804 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles,

Want to get involved? Email Rebecca Swanner today. (


Unknown said…
Yes, it does help.
Michelle said…
I must agree with this. When I was having a rough day and feeling down, I made some Oreo Cake Pops and instantly felt better!