National Chocolate Cake Day
24th January 2023
24th January 2023
Friday 27th January is National Chocolate Cake Day! This cocoa-laced celebration is the perfect excuse to indulge in a slice of something special, and to give a heave-ho to those January blues.
Chocolate was conceived in 1764, when it was discovered that grinding cocoa beans between stones would produce a powder – cocoa powder – which could then go on to create chocolate. In the early 1800s, Conrad Van Houten invented a method whereby fat from cacao could then be mechanically extracted to create cacao (cocoa) butter.
The invention of chocolate gave the world an indulgent treat to enjoy, but it was initially consumed as a drink when mixed with water. Over time it then became an ingredient to be incorporated into other foods – such as cake.
The first chocolate cake recipe was in Eliza Leslie’s cookbook of 1847. The recipe consisted of pieces of chocolate combined into a plain sponge mix. From that point onwards, bakers and chefs adapted recipes and ingredients in all manner of ways to create delicious offerings.
In 1947, Betty Crocker released a chocolate cake mix – an easy way for anyone to produce their own chocolate cake.
Chocolate cake has become so popular over the years, that it now has its own celebration day: National Chocolate Cake Day, celebrated on the 27th January each year.
Fancy slicing into something special this National Chocolate Cake Day? Try out this simple yet delicious recipe for Chocolate Cake:
250g self-raising flour
50g cocoa powder
250g dark chocolate
250g muscovado sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the icing
200g icing sugar
200g dark chocolate
50g dark chocolate
cocoa powder for dusting
If you would rather not cook up a storm in your own kitchen this National Chocolate Cake Day, The Pantiles is the perfect venue to celebrate. With a selection of independent cafes, bars and eateries, sinking your teeth into something special is a given!
Why not head to The Zero Waste Company and enjoy their selection of cakes and pastries? They are a vegetarian café and do their utmost to cater to those with allergies or other dietary requirements, including many vegan and gluten free options.
The Cakeshed is a mainstay of The Pantiles for best part of a decade.
Joe and the team have worked tirelessly to create a menu, using premium local produce, to be enjoyed in an atmosphere that guests love to experience.
Their talented baker Peter spends his time creating a wonderful range of cakes and tray bakes. The perfect spot for a decadent slice of chocolate cake!