Retro Cakes: Jem and the Holograms
The Retro Cakes section is where I get all nostalgic and start leafing through photos of cakes from ‘the olden days’ (mostly the 1980s).
Jem and the Holograms was one of my favourite cartoons and I also had a sizeable collection of Jem dolls (in fact, I still have them, craftily stashed at my parents’ house). Jem was always much cooler than Barbie or Sindy (Barbie’s British equivalent) because she was the singer in a rock and roll band, she had loads of 80s-style stage outfits AND she had pink hair.
While Barbie was poncing around trying to decide whether to be a ballerina, a princess or simply some vacuous bimbo in a swimsuit, Jem and the Holograms were rocking out with sparkly guitars and foiling the evil plans of their rival band – The Misfits.
And that’s why I wanted a Jem cake for my birthday – I’m not sure of the year, but I think it was either 1987 or 1988. As you can probably tell from the slightly blurry analogue picture, it was a chocolate cake with pink glace icing and the Jem logo painted on to fondant icing with food colouring by dear mumsy. As Jem would put it, perhaps somewhat over-enthusiastically: “Truly outrageous!”.