Who's Hungry? Ohio Stadium Cake Weighs 350 Pounds

October 18, 2013 at 3:45p    by Kyle Rowland    
[Insert Brady Hoke joke here]

This monstrosity can be viewed on Saturday on the south lawn of St. John Arena. 

  • Weight: 350 pounds
  • Number of Cake Mixes Used: 90
  • Number of eggs used: 264
  • Serves: 1,000

The Stadium Cake was devised in 1991 as a light-hearted means of celebrating the great tradition of Ohio State football. In the fall of 1991, a group of five dedicated Buckeye alumni constructed the first cake replica of the Horseshoe during the week of the Ohio State v. Iowa football game for display at their pre-game tailgate party in the north lot of St. John Arena. Why? Because one of those tailgaters proclaimed that it couldn't be done. Wrong thing to say to people who worship poisonous nuts!

Although they considered their creation a confectionery masterpiece, like all great artists, the bakers immediately began contemplating improvements. Their ideas and the drive for perfection gave rise to the new and improved Second Annual Ohio Stadium Cake, this time for display prior to the 1992 Ohio State v. Michigan game. Since then, the 200-plus pound cake has been constructed for display at the creators' tailgate party before and during one home football game each year.

By its third year, the annual cake had become such a big hit with Ohio State fans that the cake crew decided to take advantage of the cake's popularity to raise funds for Ohio State's general need-based academic scholarship, the Scarlet and Gray Scholarship Fund. From the third through the eighth year, the confectionery masterpiece was served following the game for donations to that fund.

In 1999, the Stadium Cake Crew established the Stadium Cake Scholarship Fund within OSU's general need-based academic scholarship fund, and the money donated by loyal Buckeye fans since that year has been deposited into the new fund. With the Thirteenth Annual Ohio Stadium Cake, the Crew raised enough funds to fully endow the Stadium Cake Scholarship Fund as a permanent means of financially assisting worthy Buckeye students. Donations since have helped grow the fund to over $135,000. Way to go Buckeye fans!

Since 2004, the University has awarded 44 scholarships from the earnings of the Stadium Cake Scholarship Fund, including seven for 2013-14 academic year.



Orlando Pancakes's picture

There is no way that I could take the first bite and ruin that cake.

jeremytwoface's picture

I would take out the Iowa fans in the Northeast corner.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

SMP's picture

Sweet! I love the little section of black and yellow for the visiting Iowa fans.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Hoke is about to commit to Ohio State.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Unky Buck's picture

Wait, there's BBQ ribs inside the cake too?


Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Fat man code says: Sweets>>ribs.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Unky Buck's picture

But what if they're covered in sweet BBQ sauce?


Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Check to see if you're in heaven.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Unky Buck's picture

This is just awesome. To create something so large yet fun while being able to provide scholarships to numerous students in any given year from the donations to it is just fantastic. Another reason to love the alumni and fans of this great university.


Michael Citro's picture

Someone should eat that visitors' section over around 4 or 6A (or thereabouts).

Hovenaut's picture

Coming here was a mistake. 

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doodah_man's picture

Is that Hoke's sister?

Jim "DooDah" Day
It is hard to play dirty against a man who picks you up.

Hovenaut's picture

Doubt it.
She'd be much skinnier, or fed at different times growing up. There's no denying him at the buffet dinner table. 

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Bucksfan's picture

No, Hoke ate his sister when she was a baby.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Wow. You can get the most random scholarships to Ohio State. I was the benefactor of one of those but nothing this odd. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


OSUStu's picture

This replica must be pre-south stands, which I support.  Horseshoe forever!

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Somebody should call the Cake Boss and have him make an Ohio Stadium cake, and when he gets to Columbus with his cake, it's a surprise competition.  Ending with the first 2,000 students arriving at the 'Shoe on game day getting a free piece of cake.  Suck it, Hoke, suck it hard with those doughnuts.

Class of 2010.

Sauce Bauss's picture

Looks delicious! 

ohiowhitesnake's picture

Did you say cake? I'm always hungry

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Back off Jabba, it's mine!


"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Aesculus.'s picture

Hey it's my Birthday today!!  I'm taking the cake.

Idaho Helga's picture

I think I'm that red dot in C deck, section 3

Jack Burton's picture

TSUN tried to make one as well but they are having trouble getting past Cupcakes.

It's all in the reflexes - Me