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post #16 of 262
I want in on the stairs/fountain thing! Can someone post a pic of nice tacky example so I can have a chuckle and an eye roll too! icon_biggrin.gif
post #17 of 262
NEVER liked those tacky looking things !! My friend had the stairs, the fountain with green water, plastic bridesmaids that looked like Zombies..

OMG!! they are HORRID icon_eek.gif !!!
post #18 of 262
When I was in high school many years ago and thought I was the so "hot" with my hard as a helmet, hairsprayed pageboy flip, knee socks, plaid pleated skirt & monogramed sweater, no one could have told me that others (and me too) would look back years later & laugh our heads off at such fads and dated looks! icon_rolleyes.gif Well now, let's try not to give these poor cakes such a hard time. In their "day" they were the "thing" and every girl dreamed of having their "stairway to heaven" & fountain a la beautiful! These were the cakes their wedding dreams were made of. Believe me, someday others (maybe you & me) will look back at fondant, ribbon, scrollwork, bold colors, topsy turvy, etc. and say "What was I thinking"! icon_surprised.gif Hard to imagine? Wait and see! icon_biggrin.gif
"Taste and see that the Lord is good." Ps. 34:8
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post #19 of 262
You know trends have a way of making their way back! Muahahahaha!
post #20 of 262
Amen, joyce!

As a child of the 70's, I cut my cake-decorating teeth on the fountains and stairs cakes. Made one every single weekend. Why did people order them? Because they were THE most popular and "in" thing at the time.

You can NOT look at "things back then" and think "how could they?" Because you have to look at the entire historical picture. I know, I know, schools are bad at teaching real history anymore (which is one of my passions) so allow this old lady to fill you in.

The 70's were a time of recession. Gas prices were going from $0.24 to $0.52. That doesn't sound like much to you, but in today's pricing, it's like going from $3/gallon to $6/gallon almost overnight. Big car production was stopped and the Big Three were scrambling to design cars with good gas mileage that could compete with the Japanese cars. Jobs were being eliminated left and right. It was the first time I recall unemployment being extended two and three times for folks. People were doing without and barely scraping by.

Then the 80's rolled in. A time of abundance, lots of jobs and tons of overtime! People were not only catching up from their 70's fallback, but reveling in being able to buy things again! They were sick and tired of those tiny cars that represented a time when people had nothing and when they had to compromise comfort for economy. It became the time of extravagance ... big houses, big cars, big HAIR, big cakes.

I'm waiting for my retirement years when I can come on here and listen to you guys defend to the NEW young whippersnappers why people in the 2000's thought topsy turvy cakes .... cakes that look like they are ready to fall over! ... and cakes with wild bright colors, zebra stripes and thick layers of play-doh fondant, were "cool"! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

And dont' make fun of my popular basketweave cakes! icon_biggrin.gif I counted up one time, and out of 19 consecutive weddings, 15 were square cakes and the majority of those were basketweaves. These are REAL cakes that brides ordered..... designs that brides wanted.

I can easily look at some of these "wild and crazy" designs and say the same thing .... how can a bride possibly want something that looks that stupid at her elegant wedding? icon_eek.gificon_lol.gif
post #21 of 262
It doesn't have a fountain, but here's one I did in the early 90's with nice tacky stairs and candles!!!

NOT my proudest cake, BTW!
LL
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post #22 of 262
Here's the full impact of the 80's ... this was my sister's cake. It took up an entire 8 foot table. It became the picture that every bride stopped at, gasped, and said, "Oh my god what a wonderful cake!" (the pic is bad, here, because it's a scanned photo. "Back in the day" we had to use that dirty old fashioned stuff called "film"!) icon_lol.gif

Sign of the times.
LL
post #23 of 262
hahahaha! I just luv it, IndyDeb! Looks exactly like the ones I made too that "I" was soooooo proud of! I almost posted one on my pics but had second thoughts. Boy, now I'm glad I didn't! Those were the days my friend! icon_biggrin.gif BTW-you did do a beautiful job no matter how long ago it was! thumbs_up.gif
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post #24 of 262
Fountain cakes are ok, IF they are on the smaller version. I even have a hard time with a 3 tier cake sitting on those tall tiers. They just look so unstable to me. But to each his own I guess.

I love basketeweave though! Depending on how it's done on a wedding cake, it can be okay - but even that can be way overdone. I think it looks really good on chocolate cakes.
post #25 of 262
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Originally Posted by KASCARLETT

.... but even that can be way overdone. I think it looks really good on chocolate cakes.



overdone.... like leaning tower of pisa's and zebra stripes? icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

and how do you tell the flavor of the cakie by looking at the basketweave icing? icon_confused.gif
post #26 of 262
Bleh. Bleh!
I would tell a Bride no on that. I wouldn't want to be known for doing stars and pillars and fountains!
post #27 of 262
Add me to the list. I hate them too.
Stephanie
"Faith is not believing that God can BUT knowing that God will"
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post #28 of 262
Fountain cakes and big hair were popular about the same time.

Now I look back at pics of me with my waist length spiral perm and huge bangs ratted up to heaven and wonder, "what was I thinking?" The answer: I thought I looked hot (and so did my husband). icon_biggrin.gif
Tina
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post #29 of 262
My nephew had a fountain under his wedding cake.

When they were doing the cutting of the cake, they had to reach up to shoulder height to cut their cake. The whole thing started to shake. I thought there was going to be a crash. Luckily for them it didn't fall over. But it almost did.
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post #30 of 262
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Originally Posted by Ruth0209

I even hated them in the 80's!



Ditto, Ruth! For my wedding 25 years ago, I had what was then viewed as a "very plain" cake, and others didn't know why I didn't have all the plastic accoutrements. It had 4-5 white-iced tiers with fairly simple borders, and flowers between the tiers and on top. I'm proud to say it wouldn't look out of place today. However, if you look back at my hair in the wedding photos, you'd be mortified!

It's funny to think how we'll view our current oh-so-elegant cakes in 25 years.

My basic criterion for choosing style that won't look terribly dated is to minimize how much additional structure (often plastic) is needed to create the look (e.g., stairs, fountains, dowels?; and for hair--hairspray, perms, heating tools). That criterion doesn't hold for other design, like clothing, sadly.

Love this post, IndyDebi.
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