Dessert trends come and go, but a sweet tooth
is forever. From elaborate chiffon cakes to gigantic frosted
cupcakes, dessert trends have certainly changed throughout the 20th century and beyond. At the peak of their popularity, some of these
desserts you’d find on practically every restaurant menu, and others could be found in the trendiest
cookbooks. We’ve rounded up almost 60 years of sugary
classics, some of which endured the test of time and others that were merely a flash in
the baking pan. Which dessert was the most popular the year
you were born? Find out here, and then whip one up for a
true taste of nostalgia. 1948-1952 Chiffon Cake Although the moist and airy chiffon cake was
invented in 1923, according to Food52 this cake didn’t truly become a sweets icon until
after the recipe was sold to General Mills in 1947. In 1948, Better Homes and Gardens published
an article about their “first really new cake in 100 years,” with an accompanying Betty
Crocker recipe for orange chiffon cake. The fluffy treat took off quickly and became
one of the premiere baking trends of the late ’40s and early ’50s. 1953-1957 Bananas Foster The iconic Bananas Foster dessert was invented
in 1951 at Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans. At the time, New Orleans was a major port
of entry for banana imports into the United States and it was not uncommon for restaurants
to receive giant shipments of bananas, according to New Orleans Online. The flaming recipe was published in Holiday
Magazine and became a dessert fixture of Southern Creole cuisine. 1958-1962 Baked Alaska Some of the most popular desserts of the mid-20th
century were whimsical gimmicks. Baked Alaska was considered a “surprise cake”
with stiff peaks of torched whipped meringue on the outside and contrasting, cold ice cream
cake on the inside. According to The Secret Lives of Baked Goods,
the dessert was then widely popularized when Alaska officially became the 49th state of
America in the 1950s. 1963-1967 Sparkling Jell-O Mold We can’t talk about 1960s desserts without
mentioning the king of all mid-20th century ingredients: Jell-O! According to Serious Eats, the Mad Men era
was brimming with all sorts of jiggly Jell-O recipes. The “sparkling Jell-O mold” made with Champagne
and fresh fruit was a dinner party favorite that made many 1960s shindigs feel fancier. Gelatin molds were an economical part of post-war
domestic life, and were featured in practically every cookbook on the market. 1968-1972 Chocolate Fondue Switzerland’s national dish may have been
around for centuries as a melted cheese dip, but the creation of the chocolate version
of fondue is actually pretty recent. Chocolate fondue was invented in New York
City in the mid-1960s, according to The Spruce Eats. Fondue sets began popping up in department
stores everywhere, and chic couples would throw fondue parties to dip skewers of fruit
into bubbling pots of chocolate with friends. 1973-1977 Carrot Cake In the more diet-conscious 1970s, carrot cake
may have been especially popular because it was made with vegetables, right? It’s also slathered in cream cheese frosting,
so it’s not quite as healthy as the name suggests. Nevertheless, carrot cake took the 1970s by
storm and packaged versions were seen in the frozen aisle of almost every major grocery
store. In 2005, the Food Network listed carrot cake
as one of the top five food trends of the 1970s. 1978-1982 Hummingbird Cake The Hummingbird Cake, popular in the South,
is thought to have been first invented in Jamaica in the 1960s, according to Jamie Oliver. The recipe was brought over to America in
the 1970s and caught on like sugar-glazed wildfire after a recipe was published in Southern
Living magazine in 1978. From there, it has popped up in numerous blue
ribbon-winning county fair contests around America and continues to be a Southern staple. 1983-1987 Jell-O Pudding Pops The trendiest dessert of the 1980s by far
was something you could buy from the freezer section of pretty much any grocery store:
Jell-O Pudding Pops. These refreshing chocolaty snacks were a staple
in most households even more popular than fudgsicles! According to Culinary Lore, even though the
widespread popularity of Pudding Pops continued well into the 1990s, they were eventually
discontinued before being licensed out to Popsicle. 1988-1992 Tiramisu Whoever thought lady finger sponge biscuits
soaked in espresso, layered with mascarpone, and topped with cocoa powder would become
one of the biggest dessert trends of the ’80s and ’90s? According to Eater, although Tiramisu — which
literally means “pick-me-up” — has its origins in Italy, it became a major staple at Italian-American
red sauce restaurants in the late 1980s. 1993-1997 Molten Chocolate Lava Cake Molten chocolate lava cake was a dessert trend
that could be found on almost every chic, urban restaurant menu throughout the 1990s. This ooey-gooey treat was made in 1987 by
accident, according to Thrillist, after its inventor undercooked a batch of chocolate
cupcakes and their insides were melted. The molten lava cake really took off in popularity
when it was added to the menu at the New York restaurant JoJo in 1991, and chocoholics couldn’t
get enough. 1998-2002 Cupcakes In the late 1990s, with the rise in popularity
of Sex and the City, novelty cupcakes began to boom in popularity, and long lines formed
outside the once-quaint Magnolia bakery featured on the HBO hit. From the late ’90s to the mid 2000s, people
couldn’t get enough of the cupcake craze, and pink-themed bakeries entirely devoted
to the miniature treats sprang up. 2003-2007 Frappuccinos At this point, we should probably admit that
the ever-popular Starbucks Frappuccino is really more like a coffee-flavored milkshake
than a caffeinated beverage. According to Boston Magazine, even though
the Frappuccino was born in the summer of 1995 and grew in popularity throughout the
’90s and 2000s, it was still considered a coffee beverage. The first non-coffee versions — known as
“Frappuccino Blended Crème” — were introduced in 2002. And the rest is history. Thanks for watching! Click the Mashed icon to subscribe to our
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