What is National Chocolate Cupcake Day?
National Chocolate Cupcake Day is every year on October 18 – a day where office break rooms everywhere fill with a special kind of joy only brought by chocolate cupcakes (thanks Jan). Chocolate cupcakes were born out of a 1796 cookbook called American Cookery and have since grown into a worldwide craze and dessert staple. So let’s appreciate all there is about deliciously chocolate cupcakes and the happiness they bring to everyone who enjoys them.
National Chocolate Cupcake Day Related Holidays
The big brothers of chocolate cupcakes, you get the same deliciousness in a larger, richer, denser, decadent method on national chocolate cake day. Consider this an opportunity to show off your baking skills and treat your friends and family to something special, scrumptious, and full of chocolatey goodness.
We’re not saying you should melt down that chocolate cupcake and drink it, but what would go better with a delicious chocolate cupcake on a cold, winter’s day? Hot chocolate. This day is an appreciation of that warm, contentment that a nice, steaming cup of hot chocolate brings us all.
National cupcake day is a nationwide celebration of every and all kinds of cupcakes. Yes, that means red velvet, vanilla, caramel, carrot, you name it – this is for all the cupcakes out there. And, of course, this also includes chocolate cupcakes. They’re so special they get two days.
History of National Chocolate Cupcake Day
Chocolate cupcakes made their first written appearance in what was also the first cookbook to be penned by an American. That American was Amelia Simmons who, in 1796, simply titled her book American Cookery, and featured novel, individual-sized cakes. But these delicious delicacies weren’t called cupcakes until about 1828, when another cookbook first coined the phrase. In fact, before muffin tins were more widely available, people baked cupcakes in whatever small vessels they could find – ceramic cups, ramekins, vases. What initially started as a new, American idea has since spread into a worldwide, confectionery darling.
The cupcake craze may have ultimately peaked in the mid-00s, with a famous Manhattan bakery making a cameo in the Sex and the City movie, but chocolate cupcakes make appearances in every baking show, contest, or competition and are a staple at the vast majority of office birthday or holiday parties. Whether you’re dozing off to the Great British Bake-Off or trying to impress your friends, chocolate cupcakes have so joyously woven their way into our lives they deserve their own holiday.