NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY
National Chocolate Cake Day celebrates the cake more people favor. And more often than not, we celebrate our special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays and weddings with cake. Why not enjoy chocolate cake on January 27th every year?
In America, chocolate was consumed primarily as a beverage until the 1830s or 40s. Chocolate cakes, as we think of them today, mostly did not exist then. According to the Dover Post, the chocolate cake was born in 1765 when a doctor and a chocolate maker teamed up in an old mill. They ground up cocoa beans between huge millstones to make a thick syrup. The liquid was poured into molds shaped like cakes, which were meant to be transformed into a beverage. A popular Philadelphia cookbook author, Eliza Leslie, published the earliest chocolate cake recipe in 1847 in The Lady’s Receipt Book. Unlike chocolate cakes we know today, this recipe used chopped chocolate. Other cooks of the time such as Sarah Tyson Rorer and Maria Parloa all made contributions to the development of the chocolate cake and were prolific authors of cookbooks.
The first boxed cake mix was created by a company called O. Duff and Sons in the late 1920s. Betty Crocker released their first dry cake mixes in 1947.
HOW TO OBSERVE CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY
When it comes to food holidays, we know how to celebrate. This one is no different. Have some cake. Share it with someone else. Visit your favorite bakery and give them some credit, too. Or, if you have some mean baking skills, show them off! We want to see them, too. That means, share your recipes, take some pictures, make a video and show off those delicious, chocolatey cakes! We love how you celebrate these days, so celebrate them with us!
Use #ChocolateCakeDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar says have your cake and eat chocolate, too. We just don’t know who created a holiday celebrating this delicious treat!
Chocolate Cake FAQ
Q. Does vanilla frosting go with chocolate cake?
A. Yes. Vanilla frosting goes well with chocolate cake. So do coconut, peanut butter, almond, caramel, and several berry-flavored frostings.
Q. Does chocolate cake have caffeine in it?
A. Yes. The darker the chocolate, the more caffeine it will have. Add chocolate frosting and the caffeine content increases, too.
Q. Does the calendar include other chocolate holidays?
A. Yes. Check these out:
January 27th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The U.S. Patent Office issues patent no. 23,989 to Thomas Edison for incandescent lighting.
After two children died of diphtheria in the ice-bound Alaska Territory, a dog sled team composed of 20 mushers and 150 dogs came together to bring the antitoxin from Nenana, Alaska to Nome. They relayed the vials across 674 miles of frigid temperatures in 5 1/2 days meeting up on the Iditarod Trail to relieve fellow mushers in their mission.
A new antibiotic is announced. As reported in the magazine Science, Charles Pfizer & Co. discovered and produced the antibiotic Terramycin after researching thousands of soil samples. It is discovered in Indiana.
January 27th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – 1756
Considered one of the greatest classical composers in history, Mozart was also one of the most prolific. His music influenced artists across genres.
Charles Dodgson – 1832
You know him by the name Lewis Carroll and for his works of fiction Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass. Both books created unforgettable characters such as The Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, and Caterpillar.
Samuel Gompers – 1850
In 1886, Gompers founded the American Federation of Labor. He served as its president on multiple occasions, including the last three decades of his life.
Georgia Neese Clark – 1898
In 1949, President Harry S. Truman nominated Georgia Neese Clark Gray to the United States Treasury. She was the first woman to hold the position.
Hyman G Rickover – 1900
During his 63-year naval career, Rickover was instrumental in developing nuclear propulsion and is considered the “Father of the Nuclear Navy.”