We’re of the opinion that any cupcake is a good cupcake. But when sweets serve a greater purpose? Give us a baker’s dozen. It turns out that as part of her Forces for Change, Meghan Markle just promoted an “inspiring and sustainable grassroots organization” called Luminary Bakery on Instagram. The Instagram post showed off some delicious looking treats decorated with loving affirmations. “Be kind to your mind,” “Stay strong,” and “You are so loved,” are just a few of the message etched into the lovely works.
The Luminary Bakery, which is based in East London, is dedicated to empowering vulnerable women by offering kind words with every sweet treat. The shop was included in Duchess Meghan’s “Forces of Change” September Issue of British Vogue, which the new mother recently guest-edited. Markle has a connection to the bakery, as it was the shop that baked her a cake for her birthday earlier this year.
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“What they’ve created at Luminary Bakery is exceptional — it’s a space for baking, healing and rebuilding. When I visited the women earlier this year I was struck by how the baking, itself, is a means of therapy for these women – which in many ways makes complete sense – feeling they had no control over their lives based on their previous (and often harrowing) circumstances, they found comfort in the measured nature of baking,” the Duchess of Sussex wrote in her Instagram post.
“Mixing equal parts of one ingredient and another could yield the perfect dessert, but the act of doing so provided personal balance,” she continued. “So while the baked goods are absolutely delicious, it’s the story of how the program at Luminary reshapes lives through baking that is the actual icing on the cake.” With a royal seal of approval, Meghan Markle signed the post, ‘The Duchess of Sussex.’
The Duchess of Sussex also included more background to the Luminary Bakery: “This bakery is making a substantial difference to the lives of women in the local area over the last five years since opening its arms to vulnerable women and providing job skills, career support, mentoring and coaching,” the post noted. “The combination of these like minded women supporting each other, both on the staff side and from the students, is proving to be the perfect recipe in creating this amazing, positive environment.”
With Markle’s strong feminist background, we’re not at all surprised she’s highlighting such a worthy business.