MUSCATINE, Iowa — Cakes came in many shapes, sizes and colors at the 26th annual Muskie Booster Club's cake auction, bringing out the community's most creative bakers Friday night. But it was the simplest cake that won.
The Muscatine High School class of 1971 donated a cake for the auction, sort of. The class, which participates in the fundraiser annually and competitively against the class of 1973, brought a box of cake mix and can of frosting. The class bought the cake back fro $15,000. That entire amount goes to the booster club.
While simple brought in a lot of dough, there were many elaborate cakes.
"This year's theme is 'Be A Hero for Your Muskies' so I like the ones here with the military theme. There is one cake for each branch of the military," said Carter Van Hemert, treasurer of the Muskie Booster Club.
"There's one down here that I kind of like the looks of. It's got Kit Kat bars on the outside filled with M & Ms."
A long line of people, young and old, walked around Friday night looking at the 80 cakes in the silent auction. They were displayed on long tables in the high school cafeteria.
Twenty cakes were on the auctioned off during halftime of each game and between the girls and boys basketball games.
All proceeds go to the Muskie Booster Club. The organization supports all school activities, both athletic and academic, at Muscatine High School.
The booster club's annual budget is just over $100,000. The cake auction is the club's largest fundraiser of the year.
The cake auction raised $32,203 last year.