Sadly—but not unexpectedly—there will be no Ohio
Stadium Cake for the 2020 football season.
This would have been a milestone, as it would have been the
Thirtieth Annual Ohio Stadium Cake. Let’s
hope that things get back to normal soon so that the Ohio Stadium Cake can
return for the 2021 season.
Despite no Ohio Stadium Cake for 2020, we have a
special 2020 Ohio Stadium Cake sketch that you can add to your
collection. The sketch is now available
in exchange for a donation to the Scholarship Fund. Some past sketches are also still
available, so click here to see all the
sketches that are available and to get details on ordering.
And finally, we are pleased to announce that The Ohio State University awarded seven
Stadium Cake Scholarships for the 2020-21
Alexa Ellwood from Powell,
from Columbus Grove, Ohio
from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Emilee Robb from Bethesda,
Kendall Sharp from Tampa,
Kirsten Talley from Bellevue,
from Strongsville, Ohio
Congratulations to all of the
Stadium Cake Scholarship recipients!
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
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 $214,000. Way to go Buckeye
Since 2004, the University has awarded 97
scholarships from the earnings of the Stadium Cake Scholarship Fund,
including seven for the 2020-21 academic year.
Please take some time to learn more about
the Ohio Stadium Cake and the Scholarship Fund it supports. Use the Menu
above to navigate around our web site to see photos, peruse press reports,
view video clips, and read about the Stadium Cake Scholarship.
2020 Ohio Stadium Cake Sketch, commemorating the Year Without an Ohio
Stadium Cake, depicts Brutus on the outside of the nearly empty Shoe during a
Buckeye football game. 500 limited-edition, numbered prints, each signed by
the artist, are available for a $10 donation to the Stadium Cake
Scholarship Fund. Click here to see
all the Stadium Cake Sketches and for ordering information for those that
are still available.
You can give to the Stadium Cake Scholarship
fund on OSU's secure web site. Here’s how:
here to be redirected to The Ohio State University site for giving to
the Stadium Cake Scholarship Fund.
Follow the instructions on that site to complete your
Second, click here to send the Stadium Cake
Crew an e-mail to let us know if you want a commemorative sketch or
Be sure to include your mailing address.
It’s that easy!
Ohio State University awarded seven Stadium Cake Scholarships for the
2020-21 academic year:
Alexa Ellwood from Powell, Ohio
Madison Langhals from
Columbus Grove, Ohio
Samantha Marszalek from Pittsburgh,
Emilee Robb from Bethesda, Ohio
Kendall Sharp from Tampa, Florida
Kirsten Talley from Bellevue, Ohio
Glenis Tocaj from
Congratulations to all of the Stadium Cake
recipients Philip Hurier and Michael Stoneburner-Ball with the 28th Annual Ohio Stadium
Thanks to the Kroger Company for supplying most of
the ingredients for the Ohio Stadium Cake. Kroger has been a generous
sponsor for many years.
Last updated: October 30, 2020