Throwback Thursday: Vintage Cake Decorating

I’m feeling a bit nostalgic. With the fall weather (well, “San Diego Fall”) I tend to reminisce of my childhood days. It brings back memories of the celebrations that are to come and how I’m going to create new memories for my own children.


I acquired this cake decorating book, “The Wilton Way of Cake Decorating, Vol 1.” from my mother. I love this book in its full 1970’s glory. My mom learned to decorate cakes from this book and I have been perusing it since I was a kid. My mom made wedding and birthday cakes for family and friends and Mr. Wilton was a huge influence on her technique and style.

This book is very 70’s… I’m mean REALLY 70’s.

How would you like to treat your friend to a “Gay Pony” cake?

Or this groovy Noah’s Ark? I’m loving the minimalist animals… and how the chicks are just as big as the elephants.

It’s Adam’s 5th birthday! What kindergartener doesn’t like clowns and pink elephants? (Yes, I’m being facetious.)

All joking aside, this book is great. It has wonderful tips on how to pipe, make flowers and which piping tips make certain shapes. It even gives some advice on color… 1970’s color, too! I’m feeling the urge to make a vintage-decorated cake. I know my mom still has her pans from that era.

Did you have a memorable cake from your childhood? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!