You have probably seen ‘unofficial cakes’ around the St. Louis area. First, what is an ‘unofficial cake’? It is simply one that was not on the official stl250 list. It is also a cake that was not painted on the original cake mold that was used in 250+ places.
There are several businesses and places that did not get an stl250 cake in 2014. Still, that did not stop those places from being part of the celebration. Many have decided to do one out of their own heart. A lot of them happened to have their milestone birthday/anniversary in 2014! Some of the cakes have been displayed outside, some have been placed inside. Some of the cakes made short appearances. There were also cakes that were made and displayed at private residences! Most of the cakes were not made with fiberglass, like the official ones. Some were even one-dimensional (like the Arch Lawn one). These unofficial cakes were great to look at, and they took in so much creativity. There is even one with a flame that lights up!
Below is a list of places (some with notes) that have made their own ‘unofficial cake’. A lot of them are no longer available to be seen. Please note that cakes that are located at private residences were omitted. Many thanks go to Chris Davidson and others for compiling this list! Photo credits by Chris unless otherwise noted
Abiding Faith Lutheran School
The private school’s address is: 4353 Butler Hill Road, St. Louis, MO, 63128
Acme Printers Lithographers
This place celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2014!
Arch Lawn Cake (no longer available)
Bellerive Elementary (Parkway)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri
In addition to their official cake, there was an extra cake in sight….this one made a brief appearance, including on a parade float
This giant birthday cake is set up at Benham Street and Raider Road next to the electronic sign to let everyone know it’s Bonne Terre’s 150th anniversary!
Daisy Girl Scout
This cake was at a Daisy event, but it is no longer available.
Fenton Town Clipper
Final Destination Bar
Florissant Community Center (James Eagan)
No longer available
German Cultural Society of St. Louis
Grace’s Glendale Bus Stop
Located at Lockwood Avenue at Austin Place, this is one of many decorated bus stops in Glendale. Grace Mehan, a recent high-school grad with down-syndrome, is a rider of the 56 Metro Bus stop. Since the start of its Facebook group in 2012, it has been a wide community and online effort to show her determination for becoming an active member of society. The bus stop is decorated throughout the holidays of the year, and on October 1, 2014, a cake was placed there. It was unfortunately destroyed by weather and construction crews, but according to Grace’s mother, ‘It was fun having our own 250 cake while it lasted!’. Grace has been featured as the Huffington Post‘s ‘Greatest Person of the Day’!
The Hawken House is the 1857 home of the Hawken family, which manufactured rifles. There was a special event that took place in October at this historic house in Webster Groves. While it is not an official cake, it looks about 90% like its official counterparts. It was painted by Henryk Ptasiewicz, who did four official cakes.
Several Home Depot stores in the St. Louis area (all of them Missouri side) have made their own cakes! Locations include Brentwood, Bridgeton, Cave Springs, Kingshighway, Mid Rivers and O’Fallon (MO).
The Ice Cake at the Lemp Mansion
Not sure to call this a cake, but it sure looks like one! This is from the fountain outside the Lemp Mansion
This was placed in January 2015, celebrating their 175th birthday this year. Located in Arnold.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School
Lab School (in Kirkwood)
Mad Art Gallery/Capitalist Pig
This is located directly across the Visitors Center at the Anheuser-Busch brewery. Address: 2727 South 12th Street, St. Louis, MO
Meramec College Library
This was posted on their bulletin board
Montgomery County Health Department
Located in Montgomery City, MO.
Mount Lebanon Cemetery
Located behind the Alexander/White/Mullen Funeral Home on St. Charles Rock Road (in St. Ann, Missouri), the cemetery is known for its unusual tree carvings. 43 trees were destroyed in a March 11 tornado, and artist Ryan Meyer transformed them into many works of art! Meyer sculpted its model of a ‘stl250 cake’ around Memorial Day 2014. (I do not know about the names and dates that are shown on the sides of the cake. I’m assuming they are people who are interred there)
Mount Pleasant Estates
In addition to their official one, they had another in their tasting room
The Naked Cake
This was a temporary cake painted by multi-cake artist Rich Brooks, for St. Louis’ annual Naked Bike Ride, which took place in late-July at The Grove neighborhood. The cake was later re-painted. (Some people consider this one as an official, but it was not on the stl250 list)
Neuwoehner High School
Rich Brooks took some time out to paint an unofficial cake for this school (in the Special School District). Along with Jennifer Stanfield, they had the students get involved in the 250th birthday celebration of St. Louis by painting a special cake. It was a silhouette of the cake cut from a 4×4 sheet of plywood, and folded in half so it can stand up. Brooks was their honored guest to help them paint the cake.
Our Savior Lutheran
A church in Fenton celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2014. This one was placed inside their gym. The address is : 1500 San Simeon Way, Fenton, MO 63026
In addition to their official one, they had a special unofficial cake decorated for their parade float
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital
Located in Maryland Heights
Saint Norbert Catholic Church
Located on New Halls Ferry Road in Hazelwood.
This was a cake that surely fooled a lot of people! At their Hampton Ave. location
Schnucks (Hampton Village and House Springs)
The Schnucks company, based in St. Louis, celebrated its 75th birthday in 2014! Both cakes no longer available.
Special School District
Located at Town & Country.
Stephens Institute of Business (SIBA)
Possibly made by the SIBA Student Government.
St. Louis Activity Center
Located at Arsenal, this one actually has a glowing flame at night!
St. Louis Ethical Society
Here’s a post about their cake that includes a video: http://ethicalstl.org/blogs/ethical-navigators/a-birthday-cake-for-st-louis-from-the-ethical-navigators/ The cake has since been dismantled.
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Located at a gas station (between two pumps), off of old Hwy. 3 in Columbia, IL.
Tower Grove Art Camp
Webster Hills Preschool
Address is 698 W. Lockwood.
This Crestwood park that was once a quarry made a cake out of wood. Set designer or park employee made. Summer theater is free, bring your own lawn chair!