The Ohio Stadium Cake
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OSU North Post Newsletter of The Ohio State Alumni Club of Greater Cleveland
October, 2000

Stadium Cake Scholarship

Once each year, a dedicated group of Buckeyes makes a Stadium Cake-yes, a cake in the shape of Ohio Stadium. For a donation to the Stadium Cake Scholarship Fund, you can have a piece of this cake. This year's cake will be available after the Michigan State game on November 4. After the game, go to the northeast corner outside of St. John Arena to get your piece of cake. The cake will be a 50 lb. [sic, 250 lb.] cake this year! Additionally, the group has a black and white sketch of the new stadium (suitable for framing) that is available for a $10.00 contribution. So for $10 you get both a piece of the Stadium Cake and a copy of the sketch. The sketches will also be available before the game at the same location. Or, you can order the sketch from their website . . . .

Piece of cake, right?

The Lantern
Thursday, November 2, 2000

Buckeyes celebrate Charity Week

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Saturday offers two more opportunities for athletic-based giving.

The 10th annual Ohio Stadium cake will be on display outside the southwest doors of St. John Arena from 8 a.m. until kickoff of the OSU-Michigan State football game. After the game, pieces of the cake will be sold to the public.

All proceeds from the cake will benefit the Ohio Stadium Cake Scholarship Fund.

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The Logan Daily News
Friday, November 3, 2000

Ohio Stadium replica takes the cake
Idea among friends turns into 10th annual event

By Janey Saving

Thanks to the efforts of several Logan High School graduates, the 10th annual Ohio State University Stadium cake will be displayed in St. John Arena parking lot, just outside of the northeast doors during the OSU and Michigan State game Saturday.

The idea of baking and designing a huge cake which resembles Ohio Stadium was a cooperative brainstorming effort by Beth Tucker, Mark Tucker, MorraLee Holzapfel and Kim Cottrill Tucker, all Logan High graduates who are also graduates of Ohio State University.

The original stadium cake was baked and decorated a decade ago. However, in the past couple of years, the originators have been aided in their efforts by Christopher Conrad, 1992 LHS grad and OSU graduate, and Brian and Deb Papesh, who happen to be graduates of the University of Illinois, but have relocated to the Central Ohio area and have become good friends of the Tucker family members.

The 10th annual cake has proven to be a real challenge for the designers since Ohio Stadium underwent extensive renovations. “Since we build a form for the cake that resembles the ‘Horseshoe’ we had to construct a new form before the baking process could begin.

“My brother, Mark, served as the engineer for the redesign process. When the renovations are actually completed next year, we will have to make the necessary changes to properly create the final replica of the newly renovated Ohio Stadium,” Beth said.

The 10th annual stadium cake will be larger due to the expanded stadium. When completed, the nearly four-foot long cake will weigh in at 300 pounds. To bake and frost the cake, the ingredients include 81 cake mixes, 243 eggs, 21 pounds of shortening, 124 pounds of powdered sugar, 1 ½ gallons of oil; 1 ½ gallons of milk, and 24 ounces of vanilla.

The OSU alumni members graciously thanked The Kroger Company for providing all of the ingredients for the cake, while additional support was contributed by TERI—The Education Resource Institute; Office Depot and National City Bank.

According to Beth, the cake takes 167 man hours to complete the baking and decorating process. In addition, the cake must be transported in a van to its destination—the ultimate tailgate party at OSU.

The 2000 stadium cake will feature construction equipment since the stadium is still being renovated, and legos will be used to create several of the designs, while cows will represent the Spartan cheerleaders.

In addition, a featured attraction to this year’s cake will be a replica of Katie Smith, 1992 LHS graduate and OSU grad, as she displays her gold medal she earned during the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, Australia. Smith was a member of the United States of American women’s basketball team.

The purpose of offering pieces of the unique cake is to raise money for the Ohio Stadium Cake Scholarship Fund.

For the second consecutive year, the original artwork for the Ohio Stadium Cake invitation was designed by Deb Papesh, artist and stadium cake crew member. This year’s artwork depicts the partially completed Ohio Stadium, featuring renovations Buckeye fans have witnessed throughout the 2000 season.

Beth Tucker noted that last year, 100 prints of Papesh’s initial sketch were distributed to donors of the scholarship fund.

“These extremely limited edition prints have become highly sought after. As an extra incentive, in addition to appearing on the cover of the 10th annual Ohio Stadium Cake invitation, 300 8-by-10 limited edition prints of this year’s sketch are being made available in exchange for a $10 donation to the Stadium Cake Scholarship Fund,” Beth explained.

She said that each print will be signed and numbered by the artist. The prints will be distributed on a first come first serve basis, by sending $12 ($10 for the print and $2 to cover the cost of shipping and handling) to: Ohio Stadium Cake, 3307 Rockland Court, Dublin, Ohio 43017.

Please make checks payable to “The Ohio State University,” and write “Stadium Cake Scholarship” on the memo line of your check.

The $2 shipping fee covers the cost of shipping regardless of the number of prints ordered.

To learn more about the Ohio Stadium cake and scholarship fund, visit their Web site at

Mansfield News Journal
Sunday, November 5, 2000

Stadium takes the cake
Buckeye fans bake, sell cake to raise money for a scholarship

by Jason Maddux

COLUMBUS—Normally, most people don’t want to find out what Ohio Stadium tastes like.

But Saturday, plenty were willing to make an exception.

OK, not THE Ohio Stadium. It was a smaller, sweeter version.

The 10th annual Ohio Stadium Cake was on display near St. John Arena before Ohio State’s Big Ten clash with Michigan State. The cake is a replica of Ohio Stadium, right down to the new scoreboard and construction cranes outside.

Morra Lee Holzapfel, who graduated from Ohio State in 1981 and earned her master’s in 1985, is one of the organizers of the cake. She was there in the beginning.

“It started as a dare,” she said Saturday as fans milled around the cake.

Ten years ago, her tailgating friends made Brutus Buckeye cakes, and she dared them that they couldn’t make a cake that looked like Ohio Stadium.

They succeeded, and cakes have grown more elaborate and more popular each year. This year’s version is about 3½ feet long and about a foot tall.

The cake started to gain popularity in about its fourth year. Before that, they would have to throw it out and even took it to a homeless shelter one year.

Now it helps a good cause. The cake is cut up into 750 to 1,000 pieces after the game, and they are sold to help raise money for the Ohio Stadium Cake Scholarship fund. This is the first year a fund has been established just for cake sales. Holzapfel hopes to raise $3,000. Organizers should know in about a week how much they raised.

As another way to raise funds, Stadium Cake Crew Member Deb Papesh, an area artist, drew the stadium.

“We already had $800 coming in, from sketch sales,” she said.

The Stadium Cake changes slightly every year. New additions for 2000 included OSU grad Katie Smith in the stands, complete with her basketball gold medal. There was the Spartan mascot in a chariot on the field. And Michigan State running back T.J. Duckett was on the visitor’s sidelines . . sort of. He was represented as a duck, with T.J. written on it.

“That’s where we want him this afternoon,” Holzapfel said. “On the sidelines.”

There are other traditions as well. For example, the Michigan State cheerleaders are cows. This is how they are depicted every year, for each team.

And of course, the cake bakers had to replicate the changes to Ohio Stadium. They lowered the field, added the south stands and scoreboard and put some cranes around the outside to capture the entire effect.

The cake crew started the creation last Sunday, and it took more than 150 hours to get it done. There is a core group of about 10 people who do most of the work.

“People come and go during the week,” Holzapfel said.

Charity Ramey of Johnstown said it’s a tradition to come see the Ohio Stadium Cake.

“We try to see if we can lick the frosting,” she said.

Bruce Manning of Wadsworth appreciated all the hard work.

“It’s realy cool. I like the fact that it shows it in construction,” he said.

The Lantern
Monday, November 6, 2000

The Dublin Villager & This Week Newspapers
Wednesday, November 8, 2000

Stadium cake now an OSU tradition

By Candace L. Preston

Kim Tucker had a prediction for her friends and relatives as she bent over a table in her Dublin kitchen last week:

"Someone's going to have carpal tunnel syndrome before this week is over."

From Monday to Friday last week Tucker (OSU Class of 1987) and her husband, Mark (OSU Class of '83 and '87), turned their Rockland Court home into a confectionery as they - and about 15 friends and relatives - stirred, poured, baked, cut and stacked 81 cakes, 12-by-18 inches, into the shape of the football stadium at Ohio State University.

This is the 10th anniversary of the OSU Stadium Cake, an exact replica of the famous football stadium down on Woody Hayes Drive. Last Saturday tailgaters and other football fans had a chance to view the cake set up outside St. Johns Arena. After the game the cake was cut into pieces and offered for sale. All proceeds will go to the Stadium Cake Scholarship Fund, which gives scholarships to academically qualified and needy OSU students.

On Thursday the volunteers were bent over A- and C-Deck, frosting bags in hand, putting colored dots in the 98,000-plus seats of the stadium. There were white dots, scarlet dots, gray dots and black dots, and a handful of green dots representing the Michigan State Spartans.

The project began on a dare 10 years ago, said Mark Tucker.

At the time he dabbled in cake decorating for birthday and tailgate parties. At one tailgate he commented that he could make a cake replica of the stadium.

"My cousin MorraLee (Holzapfel, OSU Class of '81 and '85) told me I couldn't do it. My friend Ted (Drydek) and I said yes we could," Tucker said.

The stadium cake premiered in 1991, he said.

"Nobody ate it. We pulled up to a dumpster after the game and threw it away," Tucker said.

"The second year we cut it and gave it away. The third year we thought giving it away was silly and started accepting donations" for the university's Scarlet & Gray general scholarship fund, he said.

The project has now taken on a momentum of its own, and last year the group began the process of raising $25,000 needed for an endowment of their own scholarship, the Stadium Cake Scholarship.

There is now a core group of seven spearheading the project, the Tuckers and Holzapfel, Mark Tucker's sister Beth Tucker (OSU Class of '87), Christopher Conrad (OSU Class of '96 and '98) and Brian and Deb Papesh.

There is no OSU after their names because both are 1988 grads of the University of Illinois. They got pulled into the project through their close friendship with the Tuckers.

The couples tailgate on football Saturdays at the 'Shoe and travel to away games together. Brian, however, draws the line when the two schools play each other.

"Most of the time they are OSU fans," said the Papesh's 11-year-old daughter Ashley. "But my dad wears his Illinois clothes for the game with OSU (this Saturday, at Illinois) but my mom is a traitor, she wears OSU colors."

The first memory 11-year-old Lindy Tucker has of the project is from when she was 3.

"I remember seeing these big people putting icing on this huge cake and asking 'Is this for me?'" she said.

The whole project is "amazing," said Lindy. "Last year it took them a week. This year they did it in three days ... They have a whole system."

The renovations to the stadium this past year forced Mark to make some renovations of his own.

The addition of seats in A and C decks forced him to go from two layers of cake to three to accommodate the additional seats, he said. The South Stands were redesigned, as was the scoreboard, which prior to the game predicted a 31-3 outcome in favor of the Buckeyes.

The continued renovations after this year's season is over are forcing him to redo the design of the west side of C-Deck and the press box, to mimic the coming changes in those areas, and to add B-Deck luxury boxes for the 2001 Stadium Cake.

None of this would be possible without the help of the project's sponsors, said Kim Tucker.

All of the cake's ingredients are donated by Kroger's, she said. Office Depot provided printing of invitations and fact sheets, Jerry Schueler of Atlas Blueprints donated the sign for Saturday's tailgate and TERI (The Education Resources Institute) provided all of the entertainment for the tailgate.

Monetary contributions for the tailgate came from National City Bank and the law firm of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP. City Barbeque provided the volunteers with dinner.

"Without their help we would never be able to do this for the scholarship fund," Kim Tucker said.

With the fans finally in the stands last Thursday night, there was suddenly a sense of tension in the air in the Tucker's garage. Five people ringed the table holding C-Deck. Carefully, they lifted it in the air as the columns that separate the sections of the stadium dangled underneath. Taking baby steps, they made their way to A-Deck.

Using dowels held by four people as guides, they slowly lined up the two structures and gingerly lowered C-Deck on to A-Deck.

A one-inch gap in the gray icing separated the two structures.

As Mark Tucker fretted over the "flaw," his sister came up with a quick fix.

"Fill it in with icing," she told him.

Fast facts
1.5 - Gallons of milk and oil
8 - Number of people needed to carry the cake from the garage to the car
21 - Pounds of shortening
24 - Ounces of vanilla
54 - Number of cake mixes for last year's cake
81 - Number of cake mixes for this year's cake due to stadium renovations
124 - Pounds of powdered sugar
167 - Man hours to put the cake together
243 - Eggs
300+ - Weight, in pounds, of this year's cake

Dublin News
November 7, 2001

Scholarship fund-raisers will have their cake and eat it too Saturday

By Shannon Mast

For the 11th year in a row, Riverside Elementary School parents Deb Papesh and Kim Tucker and several fellow Ohio State University alums will bake a cake for charity-just one cake-at the OSU vs. Purdue football game Saturday.

Of course, it's important to mention that the cake weighs in at approximately 350 pounds and is capable of serving hundreds of hungry Buckeye fans.

"Eleven years ago, we started thinking about something exciting we could do for our tailgate party," Tucker said.

Tucker, Papesh and their fellow OSU grads came up with the idea of making an enormous cake and collecting donations for charity.

"(Tucker and Papesh) are both extremely active parents at Riverside, and they work for days on that cake," district spokeswoman Lynda Sirk said. "It's become a tradition."

The legendary cake starts out as several smaller cakes, since the parents lack an oven with the proportions to bake a 350-pound pastry.

"We're in the process of baking now and we'll start the carving process next," Tucker said.

Once the individual cakes are completed, she said, they are placed on a frame and carved, then frosted in a replica of the stadium.

"We usually try to have a little fun with the frosting," Tucker said. "We make some good-natured fun of the other team, and usually fans from the other school will stop by to take pictures with it."

The cake bakers try to choose a different opponent each year, she said.

This is the first time they have chosen to bake the cake for a game against Purdue.

"On the inside of the cake, the fans are represented with little scarlet and gray dots of frosting," Tucker said. "We'll have a few gold and black dots for Purdue fans, but not very many."

The mammoth project requires 84 cake mixes, 20 dozen eggs, 110 pounds of powdered sugar and a gallon of cooking oil. All ingredients are donated by Kroger, Tucker said.

The group will be located just outside the northeast doors at St John's Arena from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Fans can stop by and purchase a slice of cake after the game for a monetary donation.

"If people give a $1o donation, they can get a pen and ink sketch of the stadium done by Deb Papesh," Tucker said. "She does a sketch from a different vantage point every year."

Tucker, Papesh and their cohorts are in the process of endowing the Stadium Cake Scholarship, a needs- and academics-based scholarship for OSU students.

All the proceeds from the cake will go toward the scholarship, Tucker said.

"If we raise $25,000, the scholarship can sustain itself," Tucker said.

In its first 10 years, the project has generated almost $9,000.

The Logan Daily News
Saturday, November 10, 2001

Stadium cake tradition continues

By Janey Saving

The 11th annual Ohio Stadium Cake will be previewed at the Ohio State-Purdue game today.

The first Ohio Stadium Cake, constructed in 1991, was comprised of 21 cake mixes, 63 eggs, a half gallon of vegetable oil, 36 pounds of powdered sugar, nine pounds of shortening, three-fourths a gallon of milk and eight ounces of vanilla. It took 58 man hours to create.

According to Logan High School and Ohio State University graduate Beth Tucker, the cake crew used the same basic form for the cake for the second through eighth years, making slight variations to the cake each year.

However, with the stadium renovations that began in 1999, the cake underwent extensive renovations in 2000, making that cake larger than the previous nine cakes.

"This required the redesign and construction of a new platform for the cake," Tucker said. "The new design featured renovations that were consistent with the horseshoe. The cake design engineers lowered the field and expanded seating in all of "A" deck and "C" deck on the east side of the stadium.

"We also redesigned the scoreboard and south stands," Tucker added.

Last year's cake consisted of 81 cake mixes, 243 eggs, 1 ½ gallons of vegetable oil, 124 pounds of powdered sugar, 21 pounds of shortening, 1 ½ gallons of milk and 24 ounces of vanilla extract. It took 167 man hours.

The numbers grew even larger this year when the crew added an expanded "C" deck, luxury suites and the new press box located on the west side of the stadium.

The cake may be viewed at St. John Arena's North parking lot prior to the game today.

The original artwork designed for the Ohio Stadium Cake invitation was drawn by Deb Papesh, local artist and cake crew member. The 2001 design depicts the north entrance to Ohio Stadium with the Jesse Owens Memorial featured in the foreground.

Two hundred limited prints of the sketch are available for a $10 donation to the Stadium Cake Scholarship fund. Each print will be numbered and signed by the artist.

The sketches may be ordered by sending $12 ($10 for the print and $2 to cover the cost of postage and handling) to: Ohio Stadium Cake, 3307 Rockland Court, Dublin, Ohio 43107. Make checks payable to The Ohio State University and write "Stadium Cake Scholarship Fund" on the memo line of the check. Patrons need to enclose a single $2 fee for shipping regardless of the number of prints ordered.

There are a few of last year's prints still available for the same price, so indicate which print when ordering.

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