The first recorded historical mention of cupcakes was in 1796 in American Cookery, the first known cookbook to be written by an American. In the book, author Amelia Simmons included a recipe for a cake that could be baked “in small cups.” The term “cupcake” wouldn’t surface until a few decades later, when it appeared in an 1828 cookbook by Eliza Leslie. At this time, most cupcakes were made in small cups, bowls, or molds—after all, this was before cupcake tins were available in most homes. But, since the cupcake’s humble beginning, the treat has become a worldwide sensation. Over the past decade, bakeries that specialize in cupcakes have popped up in the USA and around the world. Many of these shops were first dismissed as a wild idea, but they went on to become major successes—and still are to this day. It seems that the cupcake craze is here to stay—not that we’re complaining. So this October 18th, celebrate National Chocolate Cupcake Day with us!
National Chocolate Cupcake Day Activities
1. Whip up some homemade chocolate cupcakes
Spend some time in the kitchen (try not to eat all that delicious batter before it hits the oven) and bake some homemade chocolate cupcakes. There are more chocolate cupcake recipes on the internet than anyone could get through in a lifetime, but you have to start somewhere.
2. Try out a local bakery
If you live by a legendary cupcake favorite, like Sprinkles or Buttercup Bake Shop, today is a great day to stop by. That said, National Chocolate Cupcake Day is also a great opportunity to give some love to the local business in your area. Head over to a local bakery and try some of the best chocolate cupcakes they have to offer!
3. Watch a baking show
Once you’ve settled onto your couch with a cupcake to enjoy, turn on The Great British Bake-Off, Cupcake Wars, DC Cupcakes, or Cake Boss to celebrate the bakers who work so hard to get those perfectly-crafted cupcakes on the shelves.
Why We Love National Chocolate Cupcake Day
A. They're too whimsical not to love
Chocolate cupcakes are adorable slices of goodness, and pop culture seems to agree. Most cupcake fans will never forget the iconic episode of Sex and the City that featured Magnolia Bakery, one of New York City’s most beloved cupcake destinations; or the pilot episode of Two Broke Girls, whose main characters dream of running a successful cupcake business. In our stressful world, chocolate cupcakes are tiny pieces of joy and whimsy—they’re impossible not to love!
B. Chocolate cures all
Countless research has been conducted on the health benefits of chocolate, and over the years, the treat has been thought to be associated with lower risk of heart disease, improved mental performance, and lower risk of stroke. Oh yeah, and shall we remind you that chocolate is also just plain delicious?
C. The cupcake craze paved the way for a host of other delicious dessert trends
These days, we have the luxury of waiting in line for hours outside bakeries to try unique desserts like edible cookie dough, “raindrop cake,” and cronuts. Treats like these are just the tip of the iceberg: since cupcakes swept the nation and made a name for themselves as a dessert worth clamoring over, talented chefs have concocted all kinds of other tasty goodies in hopes that they might compete with cupcakes’ popularity. That all adds up to some very happy taste buds for sugar-loving customers.