1980s cake ideas

By Stephanie Kelley
The Rubik's cube was popular in the 1980s.

Big hair, men in pastel suits and jelly bracelets were all a part of the 1980s. If you are having an '80s-themed event, such as a birthday party, you will want to reinforce the theme by having a cake that also reflects the era. With such a variety of imagery from which to choose, it can be hard to decide on the perfect cake design.

Popular 1980s Music

The 1980s was the era of Michael Jackson and Madonna. It was also when MTV went on the air and introduced us to the concept of music videos. Incorporate images of 1980s musical icons or the MTV logo into a 1980s-themed cake. Alternately, write the titles of popular songs from the era on the cake's top.

Popular 1980s Movies

"Back to the Future" and "Sixteen Candles" were two popular 1980s teen movies. Choose imagery from either of these movies or another popular movie of the era for inspiration for an '80s-themed cake. A DeLorean car that was featured in the movie "Back to the Future" makes for an interesting and theme-appropriate 1980s cake.

Popular 1980s Slang

Writing "Radical, Dude!" and other 1980s slang words and phrases can make appropriate cake decorations for an '80s-themed party. Write the phrases and words that were popular in the 1980s in bright neon lettering on a sheet cake. Cover the entire top of the cake with the words.

Popular 1980s Toys

The Rubik's cube is a toy that was very popular in the 1980s. The brightly coloured cube makes for an interesting and 1980s theme-appropriate cake. A square cake decorated with small, coloured fondant on all sides is a good way to represent the Rubik's cube. Pac Man ruled the 1980s video game world, and can be easily made from a round cake. Simply cut a slice out of it and frost the cake in yellow.

About the Author

Stephanie Kelley has been writing articles and columns online for SGM Radio and SGN Scoops Digital since 2005. She has a Bachelor of Arts in art history/anthropology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. and writes on a number of topics including art, frugal living, children and travel.