Think back to your first birthday party (think hard). You might have sat at a table with your family. Maybe they put you in a dopey hat. Eventually they might have brought out a cake for everyone to enjoy.
But here’s the problem. You were a baby. You probably weren’t eating that cake at all, and if you were there's no way you remember what it was. But in case you were wondering, and even if you weren't, Delish has done us all a solid and rounded up some of the most popular cakes of the past years/decades to show us what we might have missed out on enjoying that fateful day. For a complete year-by-year breakdown, take a look at the full article, and check out a few of our favorite standouts below.
1966: The Tunnel of Fudge Cake
Back in the swinging sixties—maybe your parents were the babies back then—big Bundts were all the rage. That might (might) explain why this “Tunnel of Fudge” cake, incredibly off-putting name notwithstanding, was the most popular cake of 1966. Delish reports that the cake only came in second place at the Pillsbury Bake-off that year, but the company was subsequently bombarded with requests for the recipe. Time for a comeback?
1972: The Watergate Cake
Sorry ’72 babies. We’re sure you’ve heard 1,000 times that you were born in the same year as Richard Nixon’s infamous wire-tapping scandal, but what you might not have heard is that a topical cake was also invented to commemorate one of the darkest moments in American history. (We don’t mean the scandal; we mean the addition of the suffix “–gate” to our collective vocabulary.) This cake calls for gobs of pistachio pudding and a maraschino cherry topping, and if you're not a professional cake stylist, it might come out looking about as attractive as Nixon himself. But it actually sounds pretty intriguing. Could this cake be due for a comeback tour right about now?
1990: The Better Than Sex Cake
While that may seem like a pretty subjective name for a cake on first glance, you’ll change your mind once you see what’s in it: chocolate cake, caramel, sweetened condensed milk, whipped topping, and crushed candy bars. Forget sex, this should be called the Better-Than-Everything-No-Seriously-Everything-Even-Breaking-Bad-Or-Champagne-Or-Fireworks Cake. Gets a little wordy, but it's hardly an exaggeration. Want to try it yourself? Here's how:
1993-1995: Barbie Cake
The early-to-mid 90s were peak Barbie-resurgence years. Seriously, if you forgot, just ask yourself if there are any other years when a totally legit Barbie workout VHS could be released. So it makes sense that not even the cake industry would be immune to Barbie’s plastic clutches. She probably never even gave Skipper a cut of the royalties.
Adorable? Terrifying? Only you can decide.
Millennium babies just had to make that whole year about themselves. Remember those twins who were born before and after midnight? Showoffs. No wonder their cake of the year is a cupcake, which isn’t even a cake. It’s cake that is lying about being cake. We’re not trying to start a controversy here, but get it together, 2000.
2012: Rainbow Cake
As Delish reports, 2012 was the year Pinterest exploded in popularity, along with a desire to turn every food into a full representation of the color spectrum. It brought us Rainbow Salsa, Rainbow Grapes, even, for some puzzling reason, Rainbow Cauliflower Pizza. All things considered, Rainbow Cake is the least offensive off these colorful concoctions so we’ll give it a pass and say go on, babies of 2012: have your cake.
And yeah, go ahead and eat it too.
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