Can there be any sight as tempting as a slice of chocolate cake adorned with a dollop of cream? We know the rare mention of this delightful visual is sure to water your mouth.
Fluffy, rich, and scrumptious- that’s chocolate cake for you. You don’t need any particular occasion to relish this delectable sweet treat. Feeling happy? Relish chocolate cake. Recovering from a breakup? Don’t worry, chocolate cake is there to comfort you. And with upcoming National Chocolate Cake Day on 27th January, you have all the more reasons to satiate your taste buds with this heavenly treat.
So, let’s have a look at the history of National Chocolate Cake Day and the recipe of this much-talked and hugely relished cake.
History of National Chocolate Cake Day
In the year 1765, Dr. James Baker and a chocolate maker teamed up to make the first chocolate cake. Dr. James Baker learned to make chocolate by grinding the cocoa between two large millstones at his local mill. But the whole process was quite strenuous and time-consuming. In 1928, Conrad Van Houten learned to mechanically extract fat from cacao liquor, which was a quicker process and made chocolates less expensive.
In 1847, Eliza Leslie published first ever chocolate cake recipe in The Lady’s Recipe Book. But Americans did not begin to add chocolate to their cakes until the 1920s when a food company in Pittsburgh named P. Duff and Sons created the first boxed cake mix. During the 1930s, they created a devil food boxed cake mix which was put on hold due to rationing during World War II. After the war ended, General Mills & Duncan Hines successfully created a niche for their cake mixes in the food market and this is when the chocolate cake really take off in America. There is no information about the exact day when the chocolate cake came into the picture. But over the years, 27th January has been celebrated as the National Chocolate Cake Day not just in the USA but all over the world.
Recipe of Chocolate Cake
Try this simple recipe at home to bake a chocolate cake for birthdays and other special occasions.
For The Cake:
- 225 gms plain flour
- 80 gms cocoa powder
- 350 gms caster sugar
- 1 ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 250 ml milk
- 2 large eggs
- 125 ml vegetable oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 250 ml boiling water
- Cooking spray
For The Chocolate Icing:
200 ml double cream
200 gm plain chocolate
- Firstly, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then coat two 8-inch cake pans with cooking spray and place parchment paper at the bottom of the pans.
- To prepare the cake– Add all the cake ingredients except the boiling water in a bowl. Using an electric mixer, whisk the mixture until it turns smooth.
- Afterward, add boiling water to the mixture, a little at a time till it turns smooth. Make sure the cake mixture should not be very liquid.
- Now divide the cake batter between two pans and bake in the oven for at least 30-35 minutes. Insert a skewer into the center of the cake and if it comes out clean that means the cake is properly baked.
- Take the cake pans out from the oven and let them cool completely.
- To prepare the chocolate icing– Heat the chocolate and cream in a pan over low heat and keep heating until the chocolate melts completely.
- Remove the pan from the heat and beat the mixture until it turns completely smooth.
- Let the mixture cool for 1-2 hours till it gets thick enough to spread over the cake.
- Remove the cakes from their respective pans.
- Now spread the chocolate icing over the top of one of the chocolate cakes and then carefully place another chocolate cake at the top of it.
- Place the cake on a serving plate and cover it entirely with the chocolate icing and your chocolate cake is ready to serve.