In the mid-40s, the war ended and a new era of celebration began: The Big Band Era!
Gone were the daily headlines of brutal battles overseas and the strict rationing of food and fuel at home. Now it was time to let loose and enjoy. It was a time to dance and dream to the sweet sound of big bands and crooners. From the hard-driving rhythms of Benny Goodman to the warm sophistication of Duke Ellington, the big bands led the tempo of the times.
After the tumult of the war years, people were ready for their night on the town. They flocked to nightclubs like Ciro’s in Los Angeles and hotel ballrooms like The Versailles Room in New York City for dinner, drinks and dancing. The champagne was sparkling and so were the décor and fashion.
If you couldn’t be there in person, the nightclub came to you. Many hotels hosted broadcasts featuring the live big band shows. With a turn of the radio dial, you could dance to the big hits of the day in your living room. And with vinyl readily available after the war, you could hear your favorite songs on records any time.
All of these influences come together on our Strike Up The Band cake. Wilton cake decorator Emily Easterly achieved a fun and jazzy look on this fondant design. The cake top musicians are the stars of the show. Emily created the detailed instruments and players using Shape-N-Amaze edible decorating dough and modeling tools.
We’re having a lot of fun creating cakes that define the decades. We want you to share the fun too. Help us get ready to create our salute to the 1950s! Leave a comment below telling us some of the images that pop into your head when you think about the 1950s. Who knows—your feedback might spark our design ideas for the 1950s Cake. So leave us a comment! We’ll be releasing the 1950s Cake in just a few weeks.