GDMA students get frosty for a good cause

By Matt Law [Contributor]

Kwantlen students who attend the Richmond campus may have noticed an array of yummy cupcakes for sale in the rotunda over the last few semesters.

The Frostbites Cupcakery has been a fundraising project by students in the Graphic Design for Marketing (GDMA) program located on the Richmond campus.

“Frostbites started off as a project in our Packaging Design class in third year. Some of us genuinely enjoy baking and we needed to fundraise for the grad show… our solution was to throw in some good ol’ marketing to maximize earning potential,” said Romina Puno, a fourth year student in the GDMA program.

The bake sales have raised over $3,000 for the GDMA grad show, which is close to half of their total fundraising goal.

“I have been doing the majority of the work and have baked thousands of cupcakes in the last few months,” said Puno.

Puno spent last summer putting together a menu and gathering supplies to get Frostbites Cupcakery up and rolling.

Puno’s hard work and the support from her co-founders Vee Hui and Candace Cheung has led to orders from outside of campus as well.

Frostbites Cupcakery has now produced cupcakes for a wedding and the opening night of the movie New Moon at Oakridge Empire Theaters, which Puno described as being, “quite exciting.”

“I’m at a point where I’m considering it could be my back-up career later after graduation, which is funny because I’m in Kwantlen for graphic design, not cooking,” said Puno.

Frostbites offer a variety of cupcake flavours including vanilla bean, chocolate, and mocha.  And all of the cupcakes are completely vegan.

“The Frostbites Cupcakery proves that ethics can come in all shapes and sizes. We’re here to satisfy cruelty-free sweet tooths all over the Lower Mainland,” said Puno
But don’t let the vegan idea scare you, they taste really good.

A lot of effort and care is put into making the cupcakes. Everything is made from scratch and local organic ingredients are used.

The Frostbites Cupcakery has held a number of on-campus bake sales for special occasions like Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas.

They also offer custom orders for customers who want different flavours or decorations.

Their next event will be for Valentine’s Day, Feb. 10-11 in the Richmond rotunda from 10 a.m. – 12 noon, and will feature cupcakes and many other treats from the GDMA students.

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