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As the name suggests, National Chocolate Cake Day is a holiday that celebrates chocolate cake, one of the world’s most popular desserts. The holiday is observed each year on January 27th.
While you might not get work off for chocolate cake day, you can take the chance to make your favorite chocolate cake or cake-inspired recipe and share it with your friends or family. Don’t have a recipe in mind yet? Here are a few of the internet’s favorites.
German chocolate cake
Like many other foods with countries in the name, German chocolate cake wasn’t actually invented in Germany. The treat was actually named after an American man named Samuel German, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious. To start making a simple German chocolate cake, preheat your oven to 350°F. Mix together a store-bought German chocolate cake mix, one cup of buttermilk, ½ cup vegetable oil, three large eggs, and one teaspoon pure vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until well integrated.
Pour this mixture into two greased, floured nine-inch round pans and bake in the oven for half an hour. While the cake is cooking, mix together ½ cup butter, one cup sugar, one cup evaporated milk, and two beaten eggs in a saucepan on medium heat. Cook this mixture for 12 minutes or until thickened, then add one tablespoon vanilla, seven ounces of sweetened flaked coconut, and one cup of sliced almonds. Let the frosting and cakes each cool to room temperature, then remove the cakes from the cake pans. Frost one cake, then set the other one on top of it and frost the top.
Chocolate mug cake
Don’t have time in your day to bake a whole cake? Try this easy chocolate mug cake recipe. Start by combining two tablespoons each of unsalted butter and sugar in a microwave-safe mug. Then mix in two tablespoons cocoa powder, three tablespoons flour, and three tablespoons hot milk. Finally, fold in a tablespoon of chocolate chips and microwave on high for two minutes.
Chocolate cake pops
For some quick chocolate cake pops you can even make with leftover chocolate cake, start by adding fully baked chocolate cake to a bowl and crumbling it up. Add in chocolate frostings until the mixture is moist and can stay in a ball shape. With a mini ice cream scoop or a melon baller, split the cake mixture into balls and place them on a plate.
Next, melt some white chocolate or candy melts. These are for dipping your cake pops, so adjust the amount based on how much you have. Insert cake pop sticks into your cake balls and dip each one halfway into the white chocolate mixture. On parchment paper, freeze the cake pops for about 20 minutes. Remove the cake pops and dunk them each in white chocolate again, this time covering the whole pop. Add colorful sprinkles or other decorations if you’d like, then put the cake pops back into the freezer until they’ve hardened.