FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
And now, the questions…..these are those that have been asked several times by different people. Whether they are cake-hunters or not, there’s always something people are wondering about. If you have a question, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated: May 2017
How long will the cakes be out?
The cakes were to stay at their location until December 31, 2014. However, some of them were removed two days before so they can be part of a display that took place at the Nine Network Commons (and Grand Center Arts building). Starting January 1, 2015, some of the places decided to move their cakes inside and leave them on display, while some have been sold and auctioned off. To see where a certain cake is now, please check the 2017 Cake Status page or that particular cake under “Cakes and their Locations”.
How long have they been out?
The cakes were put out at various times throughout 2014. Starting in February, the cakes have been placed little by little. The 250th cake was placed at Lafayette Square Plaza in late July. Since that time, a few extra cakes have appeared.
Why are there cakes in far-away places like Warrenton? Carlyle? Greenville? What do they have to do with St. Louis?
This is a question that was raised several times on the Cakeway to the West Facebook group by many members. From our understanding, stl250 wanted to include all 15 counties in the St. Louis region. Most of the outlying counties (like Warren County, MO and Clinton County, IL) had at least one cake that represented it.
Why doesn’t (a particular location inserted here) have a cake?
From what I’ve been told, several places were asked to have a cake. Some have rejected one (ex. Fast Eddie’s Bon Air). Ted Drewes almost didn’t accept theirs because they believed there would be no room for it. Gus’ Pretzels reportedly was intended to have one, but didn’t.. I’ve heard two different reasons: 1) they didn’t have room and 2) they didn’t turn in the forms on time. I’m not sure what to believe, but it is what is I guess. The STL250 organization did their best to make sure all the important places in the St. Louis region were represented.
Do the cakes show detail about the area they are placed in?
Most of them do. There are some instances where cakes were placed at the wrong location, and some that were put there at last minute. Example: the cake at Gateway Harley-Davidson was originally supposed to go to Fast Eddie’s Bon Air. But to also be fair, some of the artists were not told ahead of time where their decorated cake was going, while some were notified in advance. That might be the reason why you’ll see a Tower Grove-themed cake at the Eugene Field House. Some of them, including the ‘cow cake’ at the Bonhomme church, have a general stl250/St. Louis theme.
What were the rules for the artists doing the cakes?
The artists were given a set of rules when decorating the cakes. They had to follow a lot of parameters – including these few: they had to spend at least 20 hours per cake; they were not allowed to cut the cake (unfollowed by one); do not attach anything to make it 3-D (unfollowed by some); and to not make them site-specific unless the location has specifically have “signed” the contract (there were several that changed from the original list of 250 and there was at least one that was site specific and had to be repainted).
Have there ever been any vandalism issues on the cakes?
Yes, unfortunately. As in vandalism, I’m talking about graffiti and damaging parts of the cake. The most notable one is the cake that was at the Original Imo’s location. Apparently someone had taken the candle off and spray-painted the top of the cake. (It was removed for repairs for quite some time now) I’ve also seen graffiti on the Blueberry Hill and Centennial Greenway/KATY Trail cakes.
I’ve seen a lot of cakes that look like the stl250 ones, but they are smaller and they are very different. Are they official stl250 cakes too?
No, those are ‘unofficial cakes’ that some businesses, groups, and people from different places that were able to take the time to make a cake for themselves. For more information, check out the ‘unofficial cake’ page.
How long did it take people to hunt for cakes? Was it possible to get 250 cakes in one day?
Many people started around the Spring/Summer part of 2014. There were even some that started from the get-go…in February! It took awhile for public interest to kick in. Some have even started as late as the Fall. Those that did were not able to get the Busch Stadium cake, along with a few others. All the ‘cakers’ went at their own pace. (It took me close to four months to get to #250) As of 2017, there are still people hunting for cakes, even though most are no longer for public viewing.
As for getting them all in one day….in my humble opinion….no. Do the math – in a 24-hour period of time, one would have to average 8-10 minutes per cake. Sure, there are some that are very close to each other (think the Delmar Loop cakes) but then you have those that are very far out there (Meramec Caverns, Hardin, Carlyle…). It certainly hasn’t been tried yet. I never say never, and I don’t doubt anyone. There was a cake-hunter who was able to get all of the Illinois cakes in one day (name unknown at the moment). My advice is: take your time and enjoy the journey.