E tūtaki ana ngā kapua o te rangi, kei runga, kei runga te Mangoroa e kōpae pū ana | The clouds in the sky close over, but above them spreads the milky way

Thank you so much to the incredible cake designers this year who  generously donated their time and talent to our event.  Once again everyone was completely blown away by the level of thought, amazing skill, and moving inspiration that went into the array of cakes on display. Check out the magnificent and decadent creations!

Cake generously donated to our Depressed cake auction by Made by Marie
Made by Marie

My inspiration is my daughter. Her and I love unicorns and here are our lessons from a unicorn :-

There’s magic inside you
Anything is possible
Dreams can come true
You don’t need wings to fly
It’s okay to be different
And always believe in yourself even if no one else does

No one can go through life feeling amazing all the time.
Without the hard times, how would we know the Good Times?

Sadness – Inside Out Movie

Cake generously donated to our Depressed cake auction by Stiletto Studio http://stiletto-studio-cakes.myshopify.com

My name is Greta Gilbert, I am 12 years old and I am the baker of this cake. I have two little sisters, a mum, a dad, a dog and a cat. I have a disability called cerebral palsy which for me is a mild paralysation on my left side. I suffered from anxiety and depression. Earlier on this year I got bullied by someone that I thought had been my friend, my only friend for the past year and a half before that.  That event left me with no friends and I fell into severe depression. But I have now overcome that state of depression and I am happy at the new school I’m at with all my new friends. I was inspired to make this cake by sad, depressed, emotions and the transition of them turning into happy and cheerful emotion displayed by… you guessed it emojis.

Thank you so much Greta for your amazing cake donated to our auction!

Stephen Fry said “It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.” I made the quiet, listening puppy cake to remind us all to be that friend, be loyal.
Cake generously donated to our Depressed cake auction by
Bridget Cheesman – Cake it Forward Cake Deco Wellington


The Keys to Happiness

There are many quotes about the Key to Happiness – One of my favourites is “The Key to Happiness is letting each situation be what it is instead of what you think it should be”

For every situation or challenge in my life, including bouts of depression, I find myself looking for the Key to deal with it – be it looking for a silver lining, or a lesson to be learnt, a habit to be changed, or to find the right person/solution. Once I find the Key, a Paradigm shift happens which enables the change to happen, or which breaks a cycle, or which simply brings Peace.

I created these cookies around the promise of finding the right Key to Happiness which takes us from grey into light and colour and happiness. Knowing it is just ‘..through that door if we can but find the Key’
Cake generously donated to our Depressed cake auction by ibicci – a heavenly taste of art

I have suffered with depression for many years and have found that mindfulness has become an invaluable part of my life, this has manifested itself into an obsession with crochet and wool! Even in my darkest moments crochets helps to clear my mind and restore peace within.
Cake generously donated to our Depressed cake auction by Sarah Haran 

“The inspiration for these cupcakes is the idea that depression is like a black dog; the kind of black dog that follows you around, is menacing and growls and shows it’s teeth, and if left unchecked, is the kind of black dog that will sink it’s teeth into you and won’t let go.”
Cake generously donated to our Depressed cake auction by Cupcake Sweeties

My design reflects the belief that you can never give up, as you never know what the next “chapter” in your life will bring. The colourful butterflies represent change, hope and life as there is always another “chapter” you can open. Cake generously donated to our Depressed cake auction by Caroline Eade