National Chocolate Cake Day is January 27!
Surely you didn’t expect me to pass up this day, did you? Give me a chocolate cake, especially a homemade one any day of the week. And, when I say homemade, I don’t mean one that you got out of a box, added an egg and ‘some water and baked it in a pan!
There’s something about chocolate cake that makes me think of a simpler time.
I picture someone’s grandmother with a cold pitcher of milk in one hand, holding a glass in the other. She pours it for a young child at the table and places it next to the...you’ve got it...chocolate cake!
It is a time when a cake was a cake. It had 3 layers and (hopefully) Chocolate frosting. There were no sprinkles or other things placed upon it.
It was made from real chocolate, not carob or some other substitute…. real unsalted butter, not something that is supposed to be better for us but we’ll probably find out twenty years from now that it causes us to grow 2 extra feet… and real sugar… not whatever the latest fad sugar substitute is.
If you were to eat a piece of cake a day, then yes, you might want to consider the fake stuff (or giving it up.)
But for the rest of us for whom cake is a treat… why not have the real thing?
If you’re not into homemade cakes but want to try one, here are some recipes to try.
Helpful hints for novices to baking.
Baking is pretty much measuring and mixing.
* It helps to gather all of the ingredients you’ll need before you begin.
* Baking is not cooking where measurements are “a little bit of this or a pinch of that.” You need to measure correctly.
* Let your eggs come to room temperature.
And not for the recipes:
One Bowl Chocolate Cake (Martha Stewart)
Flourless Chocolate Cake (Food Network)
Have fun and enjoy National Chocolate Cake Day.