The Most Popular Cake The Year You Were Born

The Most Popular Cake The Year You Were Born

Chances are, you have your favorite, go-to
birthday cake — but how about enjoying the one everyone was eating on the day you were
born? Let’s take a walk down memory lane and look
at all the biggest, best, and most popular cakes that have trended over the years. So, what was the most popular cake the year
you were born? 1948-1956: Chiffon cake A light, dairy-free cake that looks a lot
like Angel Food, Chiffon has the same spongy texture, but this cake is made with both egg
whites and yolks, along with fruit juice. Invented by a guy with the perfect name of
Harry Baker, Chiffon cake was popularized in 1948 after he sold the recipe to Betty
Crocker. 1957-1960: German chocolate cake German chocolate cake isn’t actually German,
says NPR, and was instead named for Sam German, the creator of a sweet baking chocolate aptly
called German’s Chocolate. Even though the chocolate hit the market in
1852, it wasn’t until 1957 that it became hugely popular when a Texas baker sent her
chocolate cake recipe to a Dallas newspaper. German’s sweet baking chocolate was the key
ingredient, and the cake was so popular their sales rose around 73 percent. 1961-1965: Pink champagne cake Chocolate cakes made with cola have been popular
across the southern US for decades, but in the beginning of the 1960s it was the West
Coast’s pink champagne cake that rose to the top. The layers of this sweet, light cake were
usually separated by a layer of coconut or Bavarian cream then covered in fondant, for
a delicious, unique flavor. 1966: Tunnel of Fudge cake In 1966, America was all about the decadent
Tunnel of Fudge cake, which popularized Nordic Ware’s Bundt baking pan. The pan was almost discontinued by the company
until Houston’s Ella Helfrich used it for her Pillsbury Bake-Off competition cake in
1966. Her Tunnel of Fudge cake — with its chocolate-nut,
Bundt-shaped cake and fudgy middle — came in second, but it became so popular, Nordic
Ware was making 30,000 Bundt pans a day to keep up with demand. 1967-1971: Carrot cake Carrot cake got a major boost in the late
1960s when the cream cheese frosting we know and love today became the go-to topping. And let’s be honest here — it’s the frosting
that makes it. Couple that with an increasingly health-conscious
country, and carrot cake surged in popularity. It stayed near the top for years, too, because
the carrots make it healthy, right? “So you’re getting carrot cake? Isn’t that a little cliche? Rabbits? Carrots?” 1972-1973: Sock-it-to-me cake The 1970s’ Sock-it-to-me cake was a kind of
coffee cake, and it looked pretty boring from the outside. Cut into it, though, and you’ll find a layer
of brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecan filling. The main draw, though, seemed to be simply
that the name was a pop culture reference to one of the biggest shows on television
at the time, Laugh-In. “Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to
me, sock it to me.” “Sock it to yourself.” “Sock it to me?” 1974: The Watergate cake Some events define an era, and Watergate was
one of those events. It was so earth-shattering that it even spawned
a dessert, a white cake colored bright green with the help of club soda and pistachio Jell-O.
Sounds weird? It totally was, and it was also massively
popular around the time of President Nixon’s resignation. According to Atlas Obscura, it was defined
as a cake hiding a ton of nuts beneath a heavy cover-up of icing, and it was timely. At least the Watergate cake usually came with
a sweet center. 1975-1977: Jell-O poke cakes Jell-O was huge in the 70’s, and the invention
of the Jell-O cake put it over the top. Integrating the cake and the Jell-O only requires
poking some holes in the cake and pouring in the Jell-O. It’s both simple and tasty, so it’s no wonder
this slightly psychedelic cake was so popular. 1978-1983: Hummingbird cake A light cake filled with the sweet flavors
of banana and pineapple, hummingbird cake hit the big time with the February 1978 issue
of Southern Living. That’s when Mrs. LH Wiggins’ recipe was published,
and for decades, it’s remained their most requested recipe. 1984-1987: Tiramisu The origins of Tiramisu are shrouded in mystery,
and so is its sudden rise to fame as America’s favorite cake of the 80’s. The word “tiramisu” first appeared in print
in 1982, and the first recipe for the spongy, chocolately, espresso infused cake was published
in 1983. Within a year, tiramisu was a national craze,
right up there with leg warmers and Cabbage Patch Kids, only much, much tastier. 1988: Chocolate praline layer cake In 1988, Pillsbury Bake-Off competition introduced
another star to the dessert world with the chocolate praline layer cake. Julie Bengtson’s recipe for a Devil’s food
cake layered with sugary pecans and whipped cream proved that boxed cake mix definitely
doesn’t have to be boring, and that layered cakes don’t have to be difficult. No wonder it was a massive hit! 1989-1990: Funfetti In 1989, Pillsbury did something revolutionary:
they put rainbow sprinkles in the cake batter itself, instead of just on top. It’s a pretty simple idea, but according to
The New York Times, Funfetti kicked off a craze that defined 1990s cakes. Hey, it’s got “fun” right in the name, so
you know it’s good! 1991-1994: Chocolate lava cake Hard to believe, but once upon a time, nobody
had ever heard of chocolate lava cake. That changed in the early 90’s when this warm
chocolate cake with a gooey center became what chef Sherry Yard calls “the viral dessert
of the 90s.” It soon spread from coast to coast, and now
just about every mid-priced restaurant in America offers it as a delicious dessert option. 1995: Viennetta In 1995 you couldn’t turn on the television
without seeing commercials for Breyer’s Viennetta. Eater called it “the most distinguished ice
cream cake of the 90s”, and it definitely was. Unfortunately, these days you have to go overseas
to discover the decadence of mid-90’s ice cream cake, as Vienetta is no longer widely
available in America. But we think it’s worth the trip. 1996-1999: Red velvet According to food historian Kim Severson,
red velvet dates back to the 19th century, with the red part just a gimmick to sell more
food coloring. But the recipe took off after a cameo appearance
in the 1989 film Steel Magnolias and led to a new version of the cake being introduced
by New York City’s Magnolia Bakery in 1996. Red velvet everything became the rage. Our taste buds thank you, Shirley Maclaine! 2000: Anything in cupcake form The Magnolia Bakery also helped turn cupcakes
into a national obsession after the delicious treat was featured in an episode of Sex and
the City. Not everyone was a fan, though, as some felt
the fad drove quirkier foods out in favor of chasing the latest hot trend. But hey… cupcakes! 2001-2007: Bacon cakes According to the National Pork Board, bacon
sales jumped 25% in 2001, and we haven’t looked back since. With recipes for maple bacon cakes, bacon
and blueberry cakes, bourbon bacon cakes, and cakes filled with brown sugar and bacony
goodness, bacon reigned for years in a delicious dictatorship of savory goodness. 2008: Anything in cake pop form Thanks to social media, it’s all about the
trends. Cakes gave way to cupcakes, and in 2008, blogger
Angie Dudley, better known to some as Bakerella, created the cake pop. After Dudley appeared on The Martha Stewart
Show to demonstrate her genius invention, cake pops became a national obsession, turning
her book Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats
into a New York Times bestseller. Our review: yum! Thanks for watching! Click the Mashed icon to subscribe to our
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52 thoughts on “The Most Popular Cake The Year You Were Born

  1. White people always been trying to claim black pop culture for their own, " sock it to me came from the hood of the late 50's & early 60's.

  2. Tiramisu isn't a cake. It's made with coffee-soaked Savoiardi – which are biscuits – layered with mascarpone cream. No cake involved.

  3. At least i love my Birth year cake Red Velvet my family hatea red velvet but heck i would devour it chocolate is my go 2 doe 4 desert and the fetti ice cream 😋

  4. Cake , hmmm, batter-mad yumm!! Man, no nasty sponge /fruit cake (BLECH!!!) No silverware!!!! Takes away the simple joy of enjoying CAKE ( hate plastic silverware!! Chocolate (NOT GERMAN) Ate cup cake ,frosting crutial,!!!! Carrot cake, / only good if fresh!Yeah man , forgot , ate wrapper& cup cake too ( can not wait !! Birthday Cake!!!!

  5. Red velvet!!! Yes!!!! 🙂 I love red velvet cake!!
    (Okay, I know it's just chocolate with red food coloring. But I will take it over bacon cake any day! xD)

  6. I was born in 1944, so very strict rationing meant people had to be creative with no butter, sugar or eggs. Wedding cakes were usually small and fairly boring, but with a cardboard cake painted white with plaster (inedible!) decorations to look like icing!

  7. Wtf America, a bacon cake???? What's next, a double-fried-quadruple-bacon-cheeseburger cake????

  8. So I wasted 6 minutes of my life…. just to know that bacon cake was popular when I was born…? I wanted some confetti cake or a cheesecake

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