How much would you bid for a cake? That depends on the cake and the cause. Enter the cake-walk, a fundraiser held by the Edina Education Fund. The goal is charitable—to provide more funding for Edina Public School programs.
Local bakeries donate custom-made cakes for auction. Bidders had more than a dozen choices spread over three tables. Some cakes rivaled fancy yet edible object d’art originals. Others looked more traditional, representing the tasty mainstays of the dessert world. All were tempting. The Cookie Cart deserves an honorable mention for its towering plate of snow-themed cookies.
Cake-Walk Creations By The Dozen
A good helping of creativity went into the cakes and the cookies. Cakes defined edible excellence in shades of green and gold. Others tapped into the traditional pinks and reds of Valentine’s Day or the chill of wintery blues. Each cake had a different character and held its own pedestal proud.
An olfactory of cinnamon and sugar radiated from Keys Café’s rhubarb cream cake. Dairy Queen featured a decorated frozen cake in namesake DQ style. Seasonal themed cakes from Yum!, Target and Queen of Cakes came in pastel shades of spring. Deep shadows of cocoa contrasted in the chocolate cakes from Cub Foods, Patisserie Margo, and Honey and Rye.
Cake For A Crowd
Cake was everywhere and so were cake-eater fans. A supportive crowd filled the event room at St. Patrick’s Church.
The Peoples’ Choice Of Cake
Attendees voted for their favorite cakes (a piece of candy served as a ballot to be cast in a plain box by each cake). Everyone could write in bids during a preliminary silent auction.
Judging cake kicks up an appetite fast. It was impossible to go without eating something sweet. Luckily, samples of the cakes were available from white apron-clad volunteers. They dashed from group to group offering a taste of the splendor.
Bidding To The Finish
After the silent auction period ended, a trio of cakes went head-to-head in a bidding war. Drama emerged from layers of whipped cream, buttercream, mouse, ganache and fondant. The competition heated up as bids volleyed and bidders went against each other. One lady propped up her friend’s hand in an earnest attempt to nab a top-tier cake. The bidding had all the excitement of a horse race photo finish down to the last crumb. A round of applause please for the top winners:
· $1,600 for Jerry’s Foods’ stack of math-science-history text books, crowned by a big red apple and a smiling green worm.
· $850 for Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique’s towering vision of Edina green and gold. Festoons of magnolia blossoms and glittery macarons gilded the cake.
· $650 for Kowalski’s A-B-C, 1-2-3, blackboard, apple and ruler cake.
A cake slice trophy went out to Jerry’s Foods but everyone came out a winner in support of a good cause. The cake-walk was a sweet success of fun and community building.
In-kind donors deserve sincere thanks. Cake donations came from local bakeries and restaurants, including:
· The Cheesecake Factory
· Cub Foods
· Dairy Queen
· Jerry’s Foods
· Keys Cafe
· Kowalski’s Markets
· Honey and Rye Bakehouse
· Nothing Bundt Cakes
· Patisserie Margo
· Patrick’s Bakery Café and Restaurant
· Queen of Cakes
· Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique
· Target with three cakes
· Yum! Kitchen and Bakery
Giving To The Edina Education Fund
Missed the cake-walk event? There’s still a chance to give. It’s still possible to make a donation to the Edina Education Fund online.