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Combatting Blahs
with Community Bliss

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Combatting Blahs <br> with Community Bliss
Muddy's Bake Shop's Prozac Chocolate Cake / Text by Katie Friedman / Photos by Amanda Raney

For those who visit Muddy’s Bake Shop in Memphis, Tennessee, smiling is as inevitable as indulging. With clever names for their cakes that range from Pucker-Ups to Plain Janes, Muddy’s actively combats the blahs with granulated sugar and an extensive sense of humor—and their signature Prozac might just take the cake. Made with fresh, local ingredients and thoughtfully layered chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream icing, this decadent dessert not only lifts the spirits in an organic way, but also embodies Muddy’s commitment to promoting happiness, kindness, and independent businesses in the Memphis-area.

Photo by Amanda Raney
Muddy's Bake Shop / Photo by Amanda Raney

Since the Bake Shop’s opening in 2008, founder and owner Kat Gordon has made it her mission to include several programs for sustainability and social outreach. While guests enjoy slices of Prozac and other sweet treats, Muddy’s diligently reciprocates the support via local initiatives like Project Green Fork, through which the Bake Shop, an offsite kitchen, and the Grind House—Muddy’s spin-off coffee business—all follow six steps to being environmentally friendly. In their combined efforts to reduce local waste, these locations recycled more than 10,800 gallons of non-paper items and 4.6 metric tons of cardboard and paper products in 2014.

Moreover, by incorporating volunteer hours into their employees’ schedules, Muddy’s only reaffirms their commitment to the local community. Each week, eligible staff may opt to serve alongside community partners like GrowMemphis, Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, and Street Ministries in an effort to eliminate hunger and educational inequity. And in lieu of accepting tips, Muddy’s also donates all proceeds from their “Refill Our Community with Positive Change” jar to a nominated non-profit. This “small” gesture raised more than $12,600 last year. Although small in stature, Muddy’s serves up immeasurable bliss in and out of the kitchen.

You don’t need any cake to feel good about that.