Cakes that Span the Decades – Experience the Tie Dye Blast From the Past 60s Cake!

July 28th, 2014 by Jenny Streicher

The 1960s marked the birth of a rebellious spirit – a cosmic counterculture of peace, love, music and art! The younger generation was no longer satisfied with blindly following the rules. They were asking questions, taking action and changing the world.

60s-cakeIt was a time when flower children stood for freedom and equality, and they let everyone know. The Peace Corps was born out of the shadow of the Cold War. If young people couldn’t be making a difference in a remote corner of the world, they were in San Francisco celebrating the Summer of Love. They rocked to the sounds of The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Santana at the very first Woodstock Music Festival in New York. Appropriately for such a rebellious generation, they did it all in a new style.

Pumps were pushed away for go-go boots, and poodle skirts were wiped out for groovy bell-bottom jeans and tie-dye threads. Life was all about being hip, and that’s exactly what the Tie Dye Blast from the Past 60s Cake is. I designed this cake as a trip into the vibrant colors and personality of the 1960s.

What makes the cake really stand out is its new tye dye technique, which was brought to life by Wilton cake decorator Valerie Pradhan. To create the far-out pattern, Valerie sprayed yellow, pink and blue Color Mist™ food color spray in spiral shapes and brushed the colors together. The tye dye design is topped with a fondant plaque spelling out “LOVE”.

We want to continue capturing the spirit of each decade, so let us know what you think! What ideas come to mind when you think of the 1970s? Leave a comment below and your idea just might be featured in our next decade cake! We’ll be releasing the 1970s cake in just a few weeks.

Jenny Streicher Jenny has been a cake decorator in the Wilton decorating room for almost five years. She worked at a bakery while working on her culinary degree. Though she was experienced decorating with buttercream, she hadn’t had much experience with other mediums but was very eager to learn. She has been a quick learner and continues to learn every day at work. Her favorite projects to work on are wedding cakes, anything with fondant, and she always loves a challenge. In her personal time she really enjoys traveling as much as possible with her husband.

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