You have to love the National Day Calendar. There’s all kinds of holidays on there. And today we’re even bigger fans. Because it’s National Chocolate Cake Day! Side note: it’s also National Have Fun At Work Day. So if you can find a way to have fun at work with chocolate cake, you get bonus points.

History Of Chocolate Cake

You know how when you look at old-timey photos, nobody is smiling? Those sepia-toned pics of the couple or individual portraits. Why are they so unhappy? Sure, you can say it was just the custom at the time. But, I think it’s because those poor saps didn’t have chocolate cake.

Chocolate was primarily consumed as a beverage until the 1830s or 1840s. The first recipe for cake made with chocolate wasn’t even published until 1847, according to nationaldaycalendar.com. I know what you’re thinking…how did they handle stress before this when they couldn’t turn to eating their feelings in chocolate? I don’t even want to know. But I can guess there were a few wagons with fist-shaped dents in them.

Why Is It So. Darn. Good?

So many reasons. It goes with any flavor of frosting. Vanilla, strawberry, cream cheese. You can’t go wrong with any of them. Plus, unlike their lighter counterparts, cake of the chocolatey variety has caffeine. The darker the chocolate, the more the caffeine. Yeah, it’s no wonder we’re addicted.

Tips For The Best Homemade Cake

If you’re planning to make a chocolate cake at home, here are a few tips. Use room temperature eggs and butter to get the best texture. Use cold coffee or espresso powder in the mix to bring out the cocoa flavor. Use dark cocoa powder and brown sugar for a richer flavor. And my favorite tip is to make a poke cake. That yields some amazing moisture and flavor.

Okay, now that we’re all dying for a slice, here is where you can grab the best today in Las Vegas. – Wendy Rush

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