It’s not a birthday without cake, so to commemorate St. Louis’ 250th birthday, one cake just wouldn’t do. Public art exhibit Cakeway to the West invited local artists and organizations to design and decorate 250 4-foot tall fiberglass birthday cakes that will be displayed around the city throughout the year.

The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum, which will celebrate its 35th birthday this year, was one of the 50 area cake display sites chosen by voters. The museum commissioned local artist and elementary school teacher Jeffrey Arnold to decorate the cake. Arnold included The Magic House’s birthday in the design of the cake, which will be on display at the museum.

Several members of the Rosati-Kain High School community participated in Cakeway to the West. Art teacher Patty Spellman’s cake, Seasonal Memories, highlights her favorite seasonal childhood memories in St. Louis. Senior Moira Smith’s cake, St. Louis Roots, depicts local gardens, from Citygarden to the Jewel Box. Junior Sarah Cross, alumna Emily Cross and their father, Andy Cross, decorated several cakes featuring St. Louis landmarks. Pictured: Sr. Joan Andert, SSND, Patty Spellman and Moira Smith

The school also celebrated the city’s birthday with a mass, St. Louis dress-up contest, St. Louis-themed food for lunch and city facts and history. Several Rosati-Kain students delivered a birthday card to Mayor Francis Slay, designed by Spellman and signed by students. Pictured: Mayor Slay, Moira Smith, Meg Meyer and Judy Mohan

Local artist and designer Laura Genovese paid tribute to her alma mater when decorating her cake, including St. Joseph’s Academy motto, ‘Not I but we’ in the design. The cake also includes painted banners from other high schools in the area, with the words, Where’d you go to high school? Genovese teaches private painting lessons, and also does commissioned paintings and murals.

The Sappington House in Crestwood got help from several Ursuline Academy students to help decorate its cake. Seniors Emma Brinson, Taylor Enderle and Emily LaMarche incorporated Grant’s Trail, the city flag and their school’s mascot into the design of the cake, which will be on display at the Sappington House.

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