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National Chocolate Cake Day: Original Recipe & Celebration Ideas

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Liza loves obscure holidays—especially those that celebrate food and beverages.

Homemade chocolate cake with chocolate glaze, fresh raspberries and blackberries, and my favorite milk chocolate candy, Ferrero Rocher. Yum!

Homemade chocolate cake with chocolate glaze, fresh raspberries and blackberries, and my favorite milk chocolate candy, Ferrero Rocher. Yum!

January 27th Is National Chocolate Cake Day

I was so excited to learn that the United States has a national celebration of chocolate cake on January 27th. Of course, chocolate cake is a popular choice for many special occasions throughout the year—such as anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, and much more. But how about a day to honor the cake itself? I have amazing ideas for how to mark this occasion in style!

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  • Seven ways to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day
  • Delicious homemade chocolate cake recipe with photo tutorial
  • Tips for making your chocolate cake extra moist every time
  • Fun facts about chocolate cake
  • How to say "chocolate cake" in different languages

Seven Ways to Celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day

  1. Show off your baking skills by making a delicious chocolate cake at home.
  2. Snap a photo of the chocolate cake you made and post it on social media with the hashtag #nationalchocolatecakeday.
  3. Have a slice of chocolate cake with your favorite drinks, such as coffee or tea.
  4. Visit your local bakery and see if they are offering a discount on chocolate cake in celebration of the holiday.
  5. Invite family and friends to enjoy the cake you've made or bought!
  6. Tune into your favorite baking TV show and choose a chocolate cake-themed episode.
  7. Last but not least, make a one-minute chocolate cake in a mug and bake it in a microwave! You'll be very surprised by how tasty it turns out.
There is something about making a chocolate cake that always makes me happy.

There is something about making a chocolate cake that always makes me happy.


For the chocolate cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup Dutch-processed dark cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup strong hot coffee

For the chocolate glaze:

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  • 1/2 to 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons oil or butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh milk
  • 3 tablespoons condensed milk

Optional garnishes:

  • Candy or chocolate of your choice (I used Ferrero Rocher)
  • Fresh berries (e.g., raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease two 8-inch round baking pans.
  2. In a large-sized bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Use a whisk to incorporate the ingredients evenly.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the wet ingredients into the flour mixture. Stir lightly to combine.
  5. Add the hot coffee into the mixture. Stir a few minutes until combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake for 35 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  7. Make the chocolate glaze: Add some water to a medium saucepan or pot and bring to a very gentle simmer. Place a heat-safe bowl on top, but make sure the bottom is not touching the water. Add the chocolate chips, butter or oil, milk, and condensed milk. Continue to whisk until smooth and melted. Remove the bowl from heat. Set aside.
  8. Assemble the cake: Place the first cake layer on a cake stand or plate and start spreading the glaze on top. Place the second cake layer on top and continue spreading the glaze. Decorate the cake with a topping(s) of your choice.
  9. Serve the cake with coffee or tea.

Tips for Making Moist Chocolate Cake

  • Use good-quality cocoa powder. I recommend using good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder. I've also used Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder, but I think Dutch-processed dark cocoa powder produces an even richer, slightly more bitter chocolate taste.
  • Use oil instead of butter. I prefer oil in this cake instead of melted butter. Oil makes cakes have a more open texture and makes them moister. I have used different types of oil when making cakes, such as canola oil, coconut oil, and olive oil. For this particular recipe, I use canola oil.
  • Don’t overbake your cake. Generally, cakes do not take long to bake. After baking per the time required, take it out or use a toothpick to check. If the inserted toothpick comes out clean, the cake is baked!
  • Add hot coffee. Why add hot coffee? It creates a nice silky batter and it really helps bring out the chocolate flavor in the cake. I have also tried using espresso powder and instant coffee in this recipe, both of which work well.

Fun Facts About Chocolate Cake and Chocolate

  • The first chocolate recipe that can be found in a cookbook was released in 1847. It was for chocolate cake, and it was written by Eliza Leslie in her book The Lady’s Receipt Book.
  • Different countries have different recipes for chocolate cakes. In France, gâteau au chocolate is popular. Torta garash is a popular chocolate cake in Bulgaria. In Sweden, kladdkaka is popular, and torta caprese is popular in Italy.
  • In 19th-century Europe, pastry chefs (notably in France and Austria) concocted sophisticated chocolate desserts to be enjoyed by the privileged elite.
  • During the U.S. Revolutionary War, soldiers were sometimes paid in chocolate.
  • In the U.S., seven billion pounds of chocolate and candy are manufactured each year. That's a lot of chocolate!
  • Chocolate is actually a fruit. Cocoa powder and chocolate are made from an extract of the seeds of the fruit of the Theobroma cacao tree.
  • Dark chocolate is produced with a higher percentage of cocoa than milk chocolate.
  • It takes 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate.

How to Say "Chocolate Cake" in Different Languages

  • Arabic: kaekat alshuwkulata (كعكة الشوكولاتة)
  • Chinese: qiǎokèlì dàngāo (巧克力蛋糕)
  • Dutch: chocoladetaart
  • French: gateau au chocolat
  • German: Schokoladenkuchen
  • Hebrew: oogat shokolad
  • Indonesian: kue cokelat
  • Italian: torta al cioccolato
  • Japanese: chokokēki (チョコケーキ)
  • Korean: chokollis keikeu (초콜릿 케이크)
  • Malay: kek coklat
  • Norwegian: sjokoladekake
  • Portuguese: bolo de chocolate
  • Russian: shokoladnyy tort (шоколадный торт)
  • Spanish: pastel de chocolate
  • Tamil: cāklēṭ kēk (சாக்லேட் கேக்)

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