Society Spotlight: Cake Decorating Society

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Today marks the beginning of one of the best weeks of the year, National Cupcake Week. Yep, it’s a thing! Originally created by British Baker magazine, National Cupcake Week is a special week set aside to celebrate the “gloriously sweet bundles of joy that are cupcakes.” However, we all know decorating them is the best bit (or maybe it’s eating them?) and this society definitely agrees. 

No one loves cupcakes as much as our very own Cake Decorating Society. They hold cake decorating sessions fortnightly creating delicious little masterpieces based around a new theme each time. These have included themes such as, mythical creatures, summer cocktails and even the Olympics. Each session there is a demonstrator to help teach you all kinds of new skills to create Bake Off worthy decorations. 

If you’re not quite up to Bake Off standard just yet don’t worry, “we‘re a really friendly society” says Vice-President, Catherine, “we welcome all skill levels even those who have never decorated before.” 

So what can you expect if you sign up to the Cake Decorating Society? “At the sessions two cupcakes will be demonstrated to teach members new skills. Everyone then decorates their two cupcakes, either as demonstrated or as creatively as they like.” But what we’ve all been wondering is, do you get to eat the cupcakes? “Absolutely” says Catherine, “you can take them home and eat them, everything we use to decorate is fully edible.” 

“You get to eat cake at the end which is always a good thing”

Cake decorating is, of course, loads of fun but it also has other benefits too, “its a great way to meet new people and also a great way to de-stress when deadlines approach”says Catherine, “it’s also a great way for people to learn a new skill or continue to improve cake decorating skills without having to buy all the equipment as we provide everything for the session. You also get to eat cake at the end which is always a good thing.” 

It’s not all just sprinkles and icing, the team hold socials too, “we have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic based socials, such as a trip to Jesters or watching the Bake Off final.”

It can also be a fun way to fundraise for charity events too, the Cake Decorating Society hold two charity sessions each year, one in each semester to try and help raise money and awareness for different charities: “last year we also held a session for Branch Up where the kids decorated cupcakes in a Halloween theme which was great fun and brilliant to see their creativity. We were also at the Avenue Street Party helping locals and students decorate cupcakes.”

As well as meeting lots of new people over this years Freshers’ events, the Cake Decorating Society are busy working on plans for this academic year, “working with other societies, charities and within the community is something we really want to build on this year.” 

You can catch the Cake Decorating Society as well as the rest of our clubs and societies at this years Bunfight

If you would like to give cake decorating a go you can join the Cake Decorating Society for a drop-in taster session Thursday 4th October between 3:30 – 5 pm. For more details you can find them on Facebook and Instagram


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