‘International Chocolate Cake Day’

Cardiff, Wales. 25.01.2021. 27th of January of each year is observed as International Chocolate Cake Day.

Chocolate cake has been with us just over 150 years. The first verifiable recipe for chocolate cake appeared in Eliza Leslie’s 1847 cookbook. The actual formula, however, wasn’t quite what we’d recognize as a chocolate cake today. Leslie’s recipe called for chopped pieces of chocolate inserted into a plain sponge, instead of adding cocoa powder to the mix itself.
Over the years, authors and cooks such as Maria Parloa added their own twists on the chocolate cake.

By the 1920s, the humble chocolate cake had become mainstream, and manufacturers began to sell the recipe outright. O. Duff and Sons released the first boxed chocolate cake, ready to eat – no baking required. And in 1947, Betty Crocker released a pre-made chocolate cake mix. Ultimately, making chocolate cake became more straightforward. Almost anyone could do it, even if they lacked experience in the kitchen.

Chocolate cake became a part of the culture increasingly throughout the late twentieth century and early 21st, leading to the development of Chocolate Cake Day. This particular day was designed as an opportunity for chocolate and cake lovers to pay homage to this chance invention. Remember, it was only with the discovery that sweetening chocolate created a delicious dish that we even have this most beloved of desserts.

As far as when the day commemorating chocolate cake came on the scene, no one really knows. However, as time passes, it’s a day that’s becoming more and more popular all over the world.

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