FROM READERS: Cupcake Club encourages creativity, community, friendly competition

Monday, November 11, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST
Members of the Cupcake Club learn new decorating styles and techniques each month. Photo shared by Patricia Robb.

Patricia Robb, the event coordinator of the Cupcake Club, encourages students to get involved with what they love.

Joining clubs and organizations is a great way to partake in activities that you enjoy, while doing it with people who enjoy it, too. Whether your activity is ballroom dancing, bowling, scuba diving or pottery-making, there is a club out there for you. For those students who like to socialize, decorate cupcakes, learn and have fun, the Mizzou Cupcake Club is a great organization to join.

Cupcake Club consists of different exciting themes, games and fundraisers. Each month, we try a different style, technique or theme. In September, we had a fall-themed cupcake topped with acorns made with chocolate Kisses and vanilla wafers. Then, during the October meeting, members created spooky owls, made of Oreos and M&M’s, to top Halloween-themed cupcakes. Cupcake Club also teaches different decorating techniques such as making roses, grass and mini stars.

Cupcake Club also likes to throw a little competitiveness into the mix with our feature game, Cupcake Wars. Based on the popular Food Network show, the goal of the game is to create delicious cupcakes from unusual ingredients. In the past, our unusual ingredients have included applesauce, Mountain Dew, hot cocoa, licorice and M&M's. With this game, Cupcake Club members are given the chance to get more hands-on involvement and show their creativity.

Giving back is also a big part of Cupcake Club. Every semester, Cupcake Club participates in a philanthropy. In the past, the club has conducted bake sales and cupcake delivery services, and has donated cupcakes for fundraising events. This semester, Cupcake Club sponsored a cupcake booth at a fundraising bike-a-thon for the Ronald McDonald House Charities to raise funds for a new house. Having a philanthropy allows the members to connect to the community they are now a part of.

Involvement in organizations and clubs is greatly encouraged for all students. Joining organizations is a large part of campus life. It allows students to connect with fellow students over common interests, have an outlet to express themselves, and learn new and exciting skills. So no matter what you are interested in, or even if you just want to learn something new — get out and get involved.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.

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