Giant Birthday Cake to be Served During the State's 150th Birthday Celebration

Celebration begins at 1:50 p.m., Thursday, June 20th

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced details of the giant birthday cake to be served during the birthday celebration at the State Capitol later this week. The main cake will be a detailed replica of the State Capitol building. The structure is 8 feet long, over 3 feet tall, and decorated with nearly 900 pounds of fondant icing. Over 15,000 pieces of birthday cake will be served Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the Great Hall of the Culture Center.

"This is a big birthday for the State of West Virginia, so we're having a cake that fits the occasion," said Governor Tomblin. "Joanne and I are looking forward to enjoying it with West Virginians from all corners of the state. Come hungry!"

The structure underlying the Capitol replica was built by a father-and-son team of Culture Center employees, David and Darren Husband. The detailed icing and baking was done by Sara Lane of Cross Lanes.

Lane, a local baker who took up cake decorating as a hobby several years ago, says it has been a great honor to work on this project, which has changed her perception of the Capitol. "I studied the Capitol's architecture as a history major and have been in and around this marvelous building many times. But studying the details of every corner, every symbol, and every shape---and their place in the building's overall design---has changed the way I look at it. It is truly an awe-inspiring structure."

Gov. Tomblin will cut the cake following the 1:50 p.m. Sesquicentennial Ceremony on Thursday. To view a complete schedule of events for the Capitol City celebration, visit

* All photographs are courtesy of the West Virginia State Archives
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