Cakes, cupcakes, and cookies priced at $20 in 1979 $101.34 in 2024

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Prices for Cakes, Cupcakes, And Cookies, 1979-2024 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for cakes, cupcakes, and cookies are 406.71% higher in 2024 versus 1979 (a $81.34 difference in value).

Between 1979 and 2024: Cakes, cupcakes, and cookies experienced an average inflation rate of 3.67% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, cakes, cupcakes, and cookies costing $20 in the year 1979 would cost $101.34 in 2024 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.27% during this same period, inflation for cakes, cupcakes, and cookies was higher.

In the year 1979: Pricing changed by 9.82%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for cakes, cupcakes, and cookies during the 1979-2024 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1979 (11.26%), inflation for cakes, cupcakes, and cookies was lower.

Price Inflation for Cakes, cupcakes, and cookies since 1978

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2022 (12.38%), 1980 (11.56%), and 1981 (11.51%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1979

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Cakes, cupcakes, and cookies, over time, for $20 beginning in 1979. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1979$20.009.82%
1980$22.3111.56%
1981$24.8811.51%
1982$26.175.19%
1983$27.213.97%
1984$28.755.68%
1985$30.164.88%
1986$31.032.91%
1987$32.384.35%
1988$34.235.70%
1989$36.827.56%
1990$39.066.10%
1991$41.375.90%
1992$42.602.98%
1993$43.612.37%
1994$45.193.63%
1995$46.292.42%
1996$47.672.99%
1997$49.062.92%
1998$49.601.09%
1999$50.652.11%
2000$51.441.57%
2001$52.572.18%
2002$53.842.42%
2003$55.513.10%
2004$56.501.79%
2005$57.441.65%
2006$58.652.11%
2007$60.713.51%
2008$65.688.19%
2009$68.634.49%
2010$68.900.40%
2011$70.081.71%
2012$72.884.00%
2013$74.191.80%
2014$74.880.93%
2015$76.321.93%
2016$77.091.00%
2017$77.400.40%
2018$78.701.68%
2019$79.731.30%
2020$80.741.27%
2021$82.862.63%
2022$93.1112.38%
2023$101.388.87%
2024$101.34-0.04%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Cakes, cupcakes, and cookies:

Year19781979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024
CPI66.52373.05481.50090.87795.59299.385105.031110.154113.354118.285125.031134.477142.685151.100155.600159.292165.069169.069174.123179.208181.169185.000187.908192.008196.662202.762206.392209.800214.223221.742239.896250.671251.663255.964266.214270.993273.523278.789281.581282.710287.462291.213294.918302.660340.119370.303370.172

Adjust cakes, cupcakes, and cookies prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2024 / CPI in 1979 * 1979 USD value = 2024 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Cakes, cupcakes, and cookies was 73.054 in the year 1979 and 370.172 in 2024:

370.172 / 73.054 * $20 = $101.34

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1979 has the same "purchasing power" as $101.34 in 2024 (in the CPI category of Cakes, cupcakes, and cookies).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Cakes, cupcakes, and cookies in 1978. In addition to cakes, cupcakes, and cookies, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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