If you were on Twitter or Facebook at all yesterday, you probably saw the below image of an absolutely incredible, Penn State-themed groom’s cake:
Here’s the cake’s story:
It comes from humble beginnings. Originally, Lou Vastardis’ groom’s cake was to be something small to symbolize his love for Penn State. A helmet, his wife Kristall thought, would make sense. But Lou was adamant that the cake be of Beaver Stadium — after all, that’s where the reception was held.
Kristall figured she wouldn’t win that argument. Lou loves Penn State so much that he often jokes she’s his second love to Dear ‘Ol, and the first line of his wedding vows was, “I knew she was the one when she camped out with me to get into the  Notre Dame game.” Kristall was a townie before/when she went here and she once thought an over-the-top love of Penn State “was one of the most unattractive things in a guy,” until she met Lou (if the cake didn’t make it clear, she now loves Penn State).
The problem, of course, is creating a 22-inch long, 14-inch tall cake of the world’s fourth-largest stadium isn’t the most common request. Kristall and Lou reached out to baker Rachel Foust, who works out of her own State College kitchen. Foust said she’d never received such a request before.
“Two months before the wedding, they were like, ‘We wanna go big and we want this cake to be awesome,'” Foust said. “We decided we would make Beaver Stadium to the best of our ability and make it is accurate as we can.”
Foust had never baked a stadium replica before, as one might image. So, she sought the help of her father, a contractor who helped her with scaling the dimensions of the stadium.
“We decided to go big or go home,” she said.
Communication between the pair of 2007 graduates and Foust was actually limited throughout the process. Kristall said she didn’t talk to Foust about the cake’s progress until a few days before the wedding after having initially contacted her months in advance. Kristall and Lou knew the cake would be big, but were still surprised when Foust told them during her preparations that a styrofoam upper deck and press box would be parts of the package. Everything except for the upper parts were edible, even the field itself.
The finished product was a smashing success.
The couple did not see the cake until the reception itself, so Kristall said they jetted to the cake when they got there. Obviously, a positive reaction ensued, just like the one from the reception staff during set-up.
“A crowd filed around the cake of people just taking pictures around it,” Kristall said. “Everyone was like, ‘Did you see that groom’s cake?’ It was amazing for Lou because he bleeds blue and white, and it was amazing for me because it was the best wedding ever.”
One of the many pictures taken of the cake was the above Instagram. The couple and Foust said they had no idea the Instagram of the photo would do so well on social media.
“It was pretty much, ‘Holy crap, this is amazing,'” Foust said of the reaction within Penn State spheres.
Kristall, a teacher in the Bronx, was at work when someone tagged her in a comment about picture’s circulation.
“My phone was exploding with people like, ‘Oh my God, did you see this?'” Kristall said. “Lou even thinks it’s cooler than I did.”
Foust was pleased with the reception, but says she would straighten the yardlines and use some different text colors if she could do it over again. Small grievances aside, the cake is phenomenal.
“It was a great experience,” Foust said. “I never thought this many people would respond the way they have.”