In the fabulous ’50s, teenagers were taking over! After the war, the economy was booming and teens were spending their allowance at the malt shop. It was the place for teens to feed the jukebox to hear the latest 45s while they fed themselves with burgers and shakes.
The songs jukeboxes played became the sound of a revolution. Crooners were out. Rockers were in. Elvis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and other singers ruled the charts and they became the icons of cool. The beat was faster, and the lyrics of songs like “Summertime Blues” and “Johnny B. Goode” summed up what being young was all about – waiting for the school bell to ring or the work day to end, so you could let loose and have fun.
There were new looks to go with the new sounds of the ‘50s. Kids wore blue jeans and bobby socks, poodle skirts, and pedal pushers. The optimistic mood was reflected in dynamic colors: shocking pink and cool turquoise, plus the great contrast of black and white showed up both in clothes and in décor.
My 1950s fondant cake, brought to life by Mary Gavenda, Wilton senior cake decorator, is designed to take you back to the malt shop on a Saturday night. It’s all there: from the black-and-white checkerboard linoleum floor to the teal jukebox on top. In between, tiers are decorated with colorful ice cream treats and a cute poodle skirt topped by a fondant neck scarf.
I had so much fun creating this blast from the past cake design, and your memories of the 1950s were an invaluable resource. Now we would like you to help us again.
Leave a comment below telling us some of the images that pop into your head when you think about the 1960s. Who knows-your feedback might spark our design concept for the upcoming 1960s Cake, so leave us a comment! We’ll be releasing the 1960s Cake in just a few weeks.