80s Themed Birthday Cakes

Updated April 17, 2017

What's old is new, and the '80s never go out of style for themed parties. Have a birthday cake designed to your liking, taking on a theme, such as neon pink and green icing, or a photo of your favourite '80s band iced right on top. Whatever your favourite '80s trend is, convey this in your birthday cake.

Video Games

The 1980s saw the rise of the video game industry, with arcades and home consoles such as Nintendo and Sega. Create a cake using characters from some of your favourite games, such as "Pac-Man," "Zelda" or "Duck Hunt." Or if you'd like to convey your love for Nintendo, create a cake in the shape of the original Nintendo Entertainment System's controllers -- the ones with the two red buttons. These games are '80s icons, and will instantly convey that theme to your party.


Trends in the '80s were apparent in the toys that were produced, especially for young girls. Rainbow Brite, My Little Pony, Jem and the Holograms, Cabbage Patch Kids and Strawberry Shortcake were the most sought-after toys at Christmas during the decade. Create a cake in the shape of a My Little Pony, or have a picture of Rainbow Brite created in the cake's icing. If you need a cake to accommodate a large group of people, create a cabbage patch, complete with a couple of dolls set within.

Colourful Cake

The '80s were all about colour. If you're looking to create a cake in a short amount of time, but you still want to keep within your theme, make a sheet cake and ice it with neon pink and green frosting. Bold shapes, such as lightning bolts, checks and large circles were common in the '80s; consider piping on icing to the top of the cake in these shapes.


Bands in the '80s were big, bold and loud. They became icons as the advent of the music video brought music right into peoples' homes. Do you like Duran Duran? Screen a picture of the band on your cake. Or maybe you were more into early Bad Religion, who celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2011. Create a Cross Buster cake with black, white and red icing. Whatever band you choose, make sure they are easily recognised as '80s icons.

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Jaime Swanson started working as a journalist in 2001. She has written and edited for newspapers in northern Illinois, including the "Daily Southtown" and the "Daily Herald," both in suburban Chicago. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University.