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MUSCATINE, Iowa — One of the tastiest fundraisers in the county is underway as parents, businesses, professional bakers and giving donors prepare cakes for the 26th annual Muskie Booster’s Cake Auction. Some cakes will be larger-than-life and others will be small and traditional — but one thing is certain — local students will benefit.

“Some of my favorite cakes are the ones the students make themselves for part of the silent auction,” said Sara Carlson, vice president of the Muscatine High School Booster Club. “It is very rewarding to just see all the help that comes in that night and see the community so involved.”

The long-standing cake auction tradition typically consists of around 100 donated cakes. This year it will take place during the Muskie Varsity doubleheader basketball games against Davenport Central. Twenty-one of the cakes are chosen to be auctioned off at breaks and during intermission of the games, which begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. Remaining cakes are sold in a silent auction and cake and ice cream is served during the event.

Carlson said that while a specific fundraising goal isn’t set, it is always a mission to beat the previous year’s amount, which was $32,203 in 2015.

“(I’m) not sure on the most ever raised, but am excited that the MHS class of 1971 is having their 45-year reunion this year and making a big cake. Five years ago their cake sold for $5,000,” Carlson said.

The staff of Clove Dental of Muscatine is participating for the fourth consecutive year and has picked out the props for the event. This year’s cake theme is “Super Heroes,” however all cakes are accepted regardless of design.

“I am turning a Little Tikes car bed into the ‘Batmobile.’ We will be filling it with 150-200 chocolate cupcakes,” said Jodi Rezincek, marketing manager at Clove Dental. “It’s fun to have a theme. It allows people to think outside of the box.”

The blue child bed has been spray painted black with gold wheels and stickers were applied to convert it to Batman’s crime fighting machine.

In the past, Clove Dental’s cakes have made it to the live auction, which is a goal for many designers.

“When you drop it off you really don’t know if the cake is going to make it to the floor. It adds to the excitement. You never have a clue what they are going to sell for,” Rezincek said. “The idea is to raise money, but it’s fun to see what people bring.”

Carlson said that the event is very important to the school and that it couldn’t be successful without the community and the MHS staff. She said there is still time to donate and that donors do not have to preregister. Cakes can be dropped off Friday at MHS between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the main entrance to the school.

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