5600 Clayton Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63110 / Cake artist: Henryk Ptasiewicz
The World’s Fair Pavilion was built in 1909 with proceeds from the 1904 World’s Fair, which mostly took place in Forest Park. Sitting on top of Government Hill, this open-air facility can fit 1,000 people! It is mostly used for gatherings, picnics and even weddings. During the World’s Fair, the Missouri State Building (which to fair goers was considered luxurious because of its decor and it had air-conditioning!) was located where the Pavilion sits now. The Missouri State Building burned down that same year, just 11 days before the Fair was to end. It was never rebuilt, as it had been intentionally a temporary exhibit.
The cake spotlights the ice cream cone, which was famously invented at the World’s Fair! Other foods that were rumored to be invented at the fair were the hot dog, iced tea and Dr. Pepper. Instead, these are foods that became more popular as a result to being featured at the festival.
Cake placement date: February 27
Where is the cake now?: This cake sold in the biddingforgood auction for $955 (3rd highest bid!) on 1/1/2015.