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27/01/2012
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“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.” Audrey Hepburn

Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Chocolate fondant - Molten Lava Cake.

Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Chocolate Fudge cake

Ingredients/Recipe: Molten Lava Cake via FoodNetwork.com
6 (1-ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate
2 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 stick) butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 large eggs
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons orange liqueur
Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Grease 6 (6-ounce) custard cups. Melt the chocolates and butter in the microwave, or in a double boiler. Add the flour and sugar to chocolate mixture. Stir in the eggs and yolks until smooth. Stir in the vanilla and orange liqueur. Divide the batter evenly among the custard cups. Place in the oven and bake for 14 minutes. The edges should be firm but the center will be runny. Run a knife around the edges to loosen and invert onto dessert plates.

Happy Chocolate Cake Day! Did you know today, January 27, 2012, is National Chocolate cake day? I had no idea until my dear friend, Diahann, suggested I take a look at some of the cakes and recipes flying around the internet. I have to confess that even though I have a deadly sweet tooth, and love chocolate, ice cream, rhubarb pie and all manner of cakes, chocolate cake is not one of my favorite desserts.

Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Chocolate cake with Hazelnuts

Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Rose Cake.

Musings: National Chocolate Day... Sacher torte

I’ve enjoyed a chocolate hazelnut mousse cake that was to die for, ate a few lava molten chocolate cakes that made my heart sing, and even tried a few Black Forest cakes that would make your head spin. However, I love lemon cake, pineapple upside down cake, pecan and apple pies, and even the pedestrian pound cake.  Nevertheless, I’m a foodie/dessert lover, and I’m delighted to know that the delicious chocolate cake has its own special, divinely designated day of honor.

“I am not strict vegan, because I’m a hedonist pig. If I see a big chocolate cake that is made with eggs, I’ll have it.” Grace Slick

Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day… Flourless cake with berries

Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... German Chocolate cake

Discovery of Chocolate by Dr Baker and Mr Hannon: In the mill they ground cocoa beans between huge millstones to make thick syrup. The chocolate syrup was poured into molds to make ‘cakes’ of chocolate. These were meant to be grated and mixed with hot water to make a chocolate beverage.

As you might have imagined, once I heard about the special Chocolate cake day, I immediately went in search of details on the origin of this American tradition; I found nothing about the actual day but found plenty on the origin of chocolate and cake making in the USA. For starters, Harvard trained Dr. James Baker and John Hannon, an Irish immigrant and chocolate maker/mill owner, are credited with discovering how to make chocolate by grinding cocoa beans between two milestones and using the grinds to make treats including chocolate cake; by 1764 chocolate cake became part of the historical landscape.

Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Chocolate cake with icing

Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Garash cake...

In 1828, Conrad van Houten from the Netherlands learned how to extract cocoa fat from cacao liquor and convert it to a solid and powder which made cooking with chocolate easier. Sometime later, Austrian chef Franz Sacher created a unique dessert for Austria’s Prince Mettermich. It was named the Sacher torte. He spread apricot jam between layers of dense chocolate cake, served it up and voila! a new dessert was born. As interest in chocolate cake-making grew, many women experimented in their kitchens, creating and sharing chocolate cake recipes with each other. By the late 1920s – mid 30s, The Duff Company of Pittsburgh, introduced Devil’s food chocolate cake mixes.

Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Varieties of chocolate..

Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Devil's Food cake

During the same period, Duncan Hines and General Mills introduced cake mixes that revolutionized the cake making process. Their mixes helped cut the preparation and baking time almost in half. Pillsbury made the process even easier when, in 1948, it created the first instant cake mix. Today, cake-making is ubiquitous and we enjoy it without much thought to its genesis. Enjoy the pictures of chocolate cakes. I’ll add another recipe or two below. More below. 😉

“Your face makes my soul want to eat chocolate pudding!” Andy Milonakis

Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Layered and frosted Chocolate cake

Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Black forest gateau

Ingredients/Recipe: For Milk-Chocolate-Frosted Layer Cake Via Huffington Post
1 1/4 cup(s) cake flour
1/4 cup(s) unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
2 stick(s) unsalted butter
1/2 cup(s) whole milk
6 large eggs, separated
1 cup(s) sugar
pinch(s) of salt
1 1/2 cup(s) heavy cream
1 1/2 pound(s) milk chocolate, finely chopped
Shaved milk chocolate, for garnish optional
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Butter and flour two 9-inch-square cake pans.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk the cake flour, cocoa and baking powder. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter in the milk over low heat. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool slightly. Whisk in the egg yolks and 1/2 cup of the sugar. Add the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
3. In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites with the salt until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and beat at medium-high speed until the whites are stiff and glossy. Fold the beaten whites into the batter until no streaks remain. Divide the batter between the pans and bake for 25 minutes, until the cakes are springy and a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Transfer the cakes to a rack and let cool completely.
4. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer. Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and pour the hot cream on top. Let stand for 3 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Let the frosting stand at room temperature, stirring occasionally, until thick enough to spread, about 1 hour.
5. Turn the cakes out of the pans and put one layer on a plate. Top with 1 cup of the frosting, spreading it to the edge. Top with the second layer and spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides. Let the cake stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cutting into squares.

When I was in college, I used to make blueberry muffins/cake and even baked the occasional banana and chocolate chip cake. In recent years, I’ve focused on making crumbles and cookies for the kids, not cake. I might try it again. See/check out a couple of recipes from other bloggers below.  ♥What are your thoughts?  Did you know today is National Chocolate cake day? Do you like chocolate cake? If yes, what’s your favorite chocolate cake?  Do share! ♥Happy ♥New ♥Year ♥To ♥You! 🙂 Thank you. 😉

Positive Motivation Tip:  If you can have your cake and eat it, then enjoy the moment.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Molten Lava Cake, Chocolate with Hazelnuts, Chocolate cake with white icing, Layered Chocolate cake, German Chocolate Cake, Flourless Chocolate Cake with berries, German fudge cake, Rose Cake, Black Forest cake, Devil’s Food cake, Sachertorte, via Wikipedia Or via Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

43 Comments leave one →
  1. 27/01/2012 11:57 pm

    alleluiaaaaaaaaa!!!!!
    🙂
    very good!
    early in the morning, is inviting!
    kiss and “cioccolata”
    vento

  2. 27/01/2012 11:58 pm

    My goodness this is a chocolate orgy!
    Everyday should be chocolate day!

  3. manik sharma permalink
    27/01/2012 11:59 pm

    the pics are so tempting.that is a  well written article..well done. visit my blog for some useful information

  4. 28/01/2012 12:05 am

    happy chocolate cake day 🙂

  5. 28/01/2012 12:22 am

    this post is great, the pics are making my mouth water!

  6. 28/01/2012 12:57 am

    Elizabeth,
    Thanks for visiting my “punny” photoblog and leaving “likes.” I applaud your dedication to promoting “Mirth and Motivation” in the world. I have been trying to make people smile (or at least groan) every weekday.since I launched my blog on Nov. 1, 2010!

    John R.: TheDailyGraff.com

  7. 28/01/2012 1:12 am

    They all look soooo good and tasty.

    Happy Chocolate Cake Day

  8. 28/01/2012 1:18 am

    That’s some serious homage to chocolate !

  9. 28/01/2012 2:57 am

    Too rich for my blood 🙂

  10. 28/01/2012 4:26 am

    I should not have read your post before breakfast. Now the oatmeal I had planned on fixing doesn’t appeal…I want chocolate!

  11. 28/01/2012 5:17 am

    Yummy. Choco cake is my favorite.

  12. 28/01/2012 5:49 am

    Oooo Eliz what a yummy yummy post!!!

  13. 28/01/2012 6:52 am

    What a fantastic cornucopia of chocolate!

  14. 28/01/2012 7:13 am

    Please pass the chocolate cake…

  15. 28/01/2012 7:13 am

    This is definitely a chocolate orgy!
    I had no idea about the day but then again, I hate chocolate so would probably have ignored it.
    My best friend, on the other hand, is a true chocoholic AND it was her birthday yesterday. I’ll definitely share your post with her.

  16. 28/01/2012 7:40 am

    save a piece for me!

  17. Bree permalink
    28/01/2012 7:45 am

    Chocolate dreams and kisses is what I wish for now. This is sinfully good and I’ll have a slice of sacher torte for lunch. Happy Chocolate Cake Day!
    B

  18. 28/01/2012 7:56 am

    OMG! The photos in this post have me drooling and craving chocolate cake at 7 in the morning. This day will not end before I have some!

  19. 28/01/2012 9:00 am

    Oh my, you’ve totally made my mouth water. I have some chocolate downstairs, be right back :D.

  20. 28/01/2012 9:22 am

    My favorite chocolate cake is whichever one is offered to me! No bad chocolate cakes, folks! You have made this ol’ lady break out in bumps just looking at all these yummy chocolate confections. Chocolate is the best medicine for winder doldrums, you know!

  21. 28/01/2012 12:29 pm

    My mouth is watering at the sight of all those deliciously yummy cakes!

  22. 28/01/2012 12:50 pm

    Before I opened this entry, I wouldn’t say I had a huge desire for chocolate cake. Now it is the only thing on my mind. Oh, man, do I ever wish some of these cakes could be delivered to my door right now–especially as Li’l D’s got another hour of sleep ahead of him!

  23. 28/01/2012 1:57 pm

    Mmm . . . chocolate! 😀

  24. 28/01/2012 5:51 pm

    National Chocolate Cake Day…are you sure it’s not National Chocolate Cake Month…or perhaps Year? 🙂

    I love chocolate. This post, Eliz, was a feast for my eyes and my soul…and will be for my stomach if I make one of the delicious-looking recipes you included.
    Thanks, dear friend, for this lovely post. 🙂

  25. 28/01/2012 8:17 pm

    Can we change it to national chocolate cake week? I got a day behind reading my e-mail and missed this 🙁

  26. 28/01/2012 8:44 pm

    Hmm that’s great! Miam! A day for chocolate cake! I so love eating chocolate. It makes me feel better when I’m down or tired.

  27. 28/01/2012 10:31 pm

    I did not know there was a National Chocolate Cake Day!

  28. 28/01/2012 10:58 pm

    And here I was feeling a little guilty over cake–chocolate, of course, devoured at a birthday party last night. I feel better about it now! Debra

  29. 29/01/2012 12:53 am

    Never even heard of chocolate cake day until yesterday on the news… what next… might wind up being a paid government stat day LOL But your pics and recipes are mightily tempting. Thanks for the share 🙂

  30. 29/01/2012 6:56 am

    Since my diet, haven’t been eating any chocolate cake, but they all look delicious! Who knew there was a day actually meant to celebrate that particular cake?! I can share a low cal way to make a packaged cake that is good for people watching their intake of sweets. Take one packaged cake mix by Betty Crocker -any flavor but I like Lemon best, add 16 oz of diet 7up, mix 3 min with a beater, pour into a 9×13 pan coated with baking spray, cook in preheated 350 oven for 30 minutes. No eggs no oil – just the diet soda! Cool and frost with lite cool whip. Cut into 12 slices. Each is 1 PPV on weight watchers and it is really good!! 🙂

    • 29/01/2012 6:58 am

      1.5 Point weight watchers – sorry! The whole cake is 19 points and we get 26-29 points per day so the slice is worth it!!

  31. 29/01/2012 8:59 am

    OMG! I’m not fan of chocolate, but some of the pictures do look good. Let me know when they have Apple pie or Red Velvet cake Die! God Bless 🙂

  32. 29/01/2012 10:39 pm

    Love the photos. I’m full just looking at them!

  33. 30/01/2012 1:39 am

    yummy!

  34. 30/01/2012 2:13 am

    I didn’t read a word – I just drooled over the pictures for 15 minutes! 😆

  35. 30/01/2012 5:02 am

    Mmmm…. I should it it every day but I can’t. 🙁
    Because I must to be a model for my clients.

  36. 30/01/2012 5:35 am

    Dark Chocolate is my weakness!!! Cake please hold the icing…

  37. 30/01/2012 3:10 pm

    NEVER MIND! Margie

  38. 30/01/2012 5:16 pm

    You’ve got my attention now! I did my part for Chocolate Cake Day and had a large piece of chocolate/orange cake with cream cheese frosting. It was divine!

  39. 30/01/2012 7:00 pm

    Ooooh, you are wicked!

  40. 31/01/2012 1:52 pm

    I want the molten lava cake now! no, you’re not listening I WANT IT NOW!!!

  41. 01/02/2012 11:44 am

    Wow, these are yummmy!!!

  42. 01/02/2012 4:11 pm

    Urgh! I missed a perfectly good opportunity to dine on chocolate cake!

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