I have to give a big thank you to Ted Hutchens who did ALL of the research on this story! He kindly sent me the information that he found as he was researching it. I would like to point out that Ted has a really neat Beatles display currently available for viewing at the Springfield, Missouri Library. It has some one of a kind items, including the clarinet case that three of the Beatles autographed for a young fan while they were at Reed Pigman's ranch. If you live in the area, it would be well worth your time to go see the exhibit. I hope I can make it out there before it is taken down.
Ted also runs a facebook page called "MO Beatles" which is about the Beatles in Missouri (a topic that I love---since I have written an entire book basically on this topic!)
On New Years' Eve of 1964, a radio station from KICK radio station in Springfield, Missouri decided the best way to get the Beatles' to perform a concert in their area in 1965 was to send a cake to Liverpool. Now I am not sure what they really expected to happen since the Beatles themselves hadn't lived in Liverpool for at least 3 years by 1965, but maybe they thought the fan club located in Liverpool would eat the cake and spread the message to the Fab 4. Or maybe it was just a publicity stunt for the radio station....
But anyhow....a cake that was 8 foot 3 inches was baked and decorated in what was called a "Kaleidoscope of pastel colors" It appears that the cake had drawings of each of the Beatles in circles and wished the guys a Happy New Year for 1965. It was then put into a gold painted wooden box with Red letters that once again wished the Beatles a Happy New Year and had the names of the DJ's from KICK. It was locked up with 7 padlocks and the keys were mailed to Liverpool separately from the cake.
It then was loaded onto a Campbell 66 truck and was taken to the airport in St. Louis.