The disco era of the 1970s was a colourful time for fashion. Nostalgia for the time period continues to inspire retro themes for parties and special events. Besides getting dressed up in vintage clothes and grooving to some old tunes, prepare food to accompany your disco theme. From basic to complex, different ideas can be employed to create your own disco theme cake.
Smiley Face Cake
Long before the yellow smiley face was associated with Wal-Mart, smiley faces were a big 1970s motif. Creating your own smiley face cake is simple. Make a cake in a circular-shaped pan, frost it yellow and add a black liquorice lace smile and two black Oreo or mint patty eyes. You also can use black icing to make the smile and eyes. With its simple design and circular shape, this design also works well for decorated cupcakes.
Disco Inferno Cake
Heat things up with your own disco inferno cake. Create a two-tiered circular cake covered in white icing or fondant. Add red and orange flames around the sides using either fondant or icing. Keep the face of the cake plain to add your own message in disco-style lettering.
Bell Bottom Jeans Cake
To make a cake shaped like a pair of bell-bottomed jeans, start with a rectangular cake. Slice the cake in half along the length of the cake to form two long rectangles. Trim a little bit of cake from the top two-thirds of each long rectangle so that the bottom portion has a classic bell bottom shape. Place the two halves on a tray so that the tops are touching. Cover with blue frosting. Use coloured icing to create details such as a belt and patches.
Platform Shoe Cake
Another must-have fashion accessory of the disco era was a pair of platform shoes. You can make a platform shoe cake by starting with a shoe-shaped cake pan. You will need to add the long half of a rectangular-shaped cake to the bottom of the shoe to create the platform. Make a v-shaped notch in the bottom of this platform to separate the heel from the base of the shoe. Frost in your favourite disco colours.
For a campy twist on the disco theme, you can create your own disco creature. One of the classic cakes featured on the comic cake decorating blog, Cake Wrecks, is the disco newt so named for his colourful Afro-style hair. The cake is made in the shape of a turtle with a head emerging from his shell. In this case the "shell" is the hair of the newt in a variety of bright colours. The head is the newt's face with large iced eyes.
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