Chocolate and dessert lovers get ready; today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day! This holiday is celebrated each year, across the United States, on October 18.
Cupcakes have also been known to be called:
- Fairy Cakes
- Patty Cakes
- Cup Cakes (different from Cupcakes (one-word)
Cupcakes can be traced back to 1796 when there was a recipe notation of “a cake to be baked in small cups” was written in American Cookery (by Amelia Simmons). The earliest known documentation of the term “cupcake” was in 1828 in “Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats” in Eliza Leslie’s Receipts cookbook.
Cupcakes were originally baked in heavy pottery cups. Today, some bakers still use individual ramekins, small coffee mugs, large tea cups, or other small ovenproof pottery-type dishes for baking their cupcakes.
To celebrate National Chocolate Cupcake Day, you may want to enjoy one of the following “tried and true” chocolate cupcake recipes and watch an episode of the Food Network reality-based competition show, “Cupcake Wars”.