Capturing Childhood: Baking Nostalgic Treats from the 80s and 90s

EEliza September 8, 2023 8:31 PM

Who doesn't love a good walk down memory lane? Especially if the path is sprinkled with sugar and covered with a blanket of sweet, nostalgic treats. Today, we're baking back in time, reviving the classic desserts of the 80s and 90s—those delightful, old-fashioned treats that bring back fond childhood memories.

Bringing Back the 80s

When we talk about the “Classic 80s desserts,” certain iconic treats come to mind. Let's rediscover a few favorites.

  1. Jelly Roll: A sponge cake rolled up with jelly or jam inside. It's as fun to make as it is to eat.

  2. Banana Split: This timeless dessert is a treat for all ages with its bananas, ice cream, and toppings galore.

  3. Baked Alaska: A layer of sponge cake, a layer of ice cream, and a meringue outer layer that's toasted to perfection.

Sweet Memories of the 90s

The 90s brought a whole new set of 'sweet' experiences. Here are some nostalgic treats to bake from this decade.

  1. Dunkaroos: These were fun cookies you dunked into frosting. You can recreate them at home with some biscuit dough and your favorite frosting.

  2. Cosmic Brownies: These fudgy brownies with colorful candy-coated chocolate chips can be a fun baking project.

  3. Push Pops: Remember these? You can make your own with a little bit of cake, frosting, and a push-up pop container.

Recipes from the 80s and 90s

Let's dive deeper into two recipes that will truly take you back in time.

Jelly Roll

To make this classic 80s dessert, you'll need:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Your favorite jelly or jam

Bake it following the traditional recipe, and enjoy a slice of the past.


For the 90s kids, here's a homemade version of Dunkaroos. You'll need:

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Your favorite frosting

Bake these goodies and relish a nostalgic baking experience.

Baking is not just about creating delicious treats; it's about baking fun memories. It's about that warm, comforting feeling that hits you when the aroma fills your home, reminding you of simpler times. So, why not make some time this weekend to bake these nostalgic treats from the 80s and 90s, and take a sweet trip down memory lane?

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