On September 1, 2016, multi-cake artist Rich Brooks asked the Facebook world if they knew any cake owners that wanted their cake(s) repainted. A caker responded and the cake that sat at Vintage Vinyl for the longest time became that one. The Vintage Vinyl cake, which had suffered so much wear and tear due to various reasons (high pedestrian traffic, weather, outdoors, etc.), seemed to be the right choice. Nothing against the original design, but it had faded over time. Plus there was some minor graffiti on top of the cake.
Brooks, a long-time Soulard resident, wanted to paint a cake to help celebrate the legendary neighborhood’s annual Oktoberfest, which is cancelled this year (numerous reasons). Despite that setback, Rich still wanted to celebrate the festival in its spirit. First, he drew some graphics onto the cake, most that had St. Louis and Soulard themes. The pictures had to be colored in; that’s where the helpers and Rich came in. He invited all cakers to take part in repainting the cake at Soulard Art Market. There were some longtime cakers that participated!
Here’s a look at what will be displayed to the public soon:
For the record, Rich still keeps a close eye on his cakes that still sit around Soulard (Kiener Plaza, Soulard Restoration Group and Citygarden). He even washes them once a month!
The festival’s website: http://soulardoktoberfest.org/