442 S. Demazenod Dr., Belleville, IL, 62223 / Cake artist: April Morrison
One of the largest outdoor shrines in North America is in Belleville, with 212 acres of scenic beauty. Our Lady of the Snows is a Catholic shrine to the blessed Virgin Mary. The Shrine name refers to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome. Legend has it that snow fell on the shrine in 1562 (A.D.). The Shrine has 12 devotional areas, and it also offers its restaurant banquet center and hotel and a 5,000 sq. ft. gift shop and bookstore, as well as over 50 events/programs each year, including a variety of Holy Week and Easter Services. It is also well-known for its holiday lights display during the winter.
Cake placement date: April 24
Where is the cake now?: The cake sold in the biddingforgood auction for $455 on 1/1/2015.