National German Chocolate Cake Day:
While the name is German, the cake has American Roots, and it is celebrated every year on the 11th of June.
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Why National German Chocolate Cake Day?
With rich layers of chocolate topped with the right amount of nuttiness, thanks to the pecan frosting, the German chocolate cake was named after an American baker, Sam German. Sam German created the unique dark baking chocolate for The Baker’s Chocolate Company in the year 1852. The chocolate was named after him for his creation as the “Baker’s German’s sweet chocolate”.
The actual invention of the tasty German Chocolate Cake however happened nearly a century later in the year 1957. It was the housewife Mrs. George Clay who sent a recipe of her chocolate cake to feature in the Dallas Morning News and used the baking chocolate made by Sam German. She named it as the “German’s Chocolate Cake”. With time, the same became the German Chocolate Cake that we know of today. As interesting as the story of the origins is, the German chocolate cake is known for its deliciousness and is a dish that is worthy of celebration. The day is in honor of this cake and is celebrated with a lot of fervor every year.
How can we celebrate National German Chocolate Cake Day?
Celebration of this day is probably the most delicious celebration in a year and you can do it with the most delicious cake as well. And you can now make the celebration yummier with the below ideas.
- Despite the name sounding pretty professional, the German chocolate cake is easy to bake for anyone, including the most amateur bakers, if you have the instructions. It is the time of the year when you can try your hand in making your chocolate cake with the German baking chocolate. You can then share it with your friends and family, near and dear ones, and get to know your baking skills from all of them.
- You can have cake testing at your place with each of your friends and family members making their piece of cake on this day. It would be a day to gobble down a lot of chocolate cake and then decide on the clear winner. This would add to the excitement and there will never be a shortage of chocolate cakes either.
- Most importantly, you can spread awareness about the German chocolate cake to all your loved ones through social media. Use #NationalGermanChocolateCakeDay to make sure everyone knows about the day to celebrate.
Interesting facts about National German Chocolate Cake Day:
Here are some facts and things about German chocolate cake and also about chocolates and cakes in general.
- Sam German who is the creator of the baking chocolate which rendered this name to this cake, is an English-American.
- The cake was originally named the “German’s Chocolate Cake” but later the “s” was dropped and it became simply the German chocolate cake that we love today.
- The process is simple in making this cake but it is still different from your regular chocolate cake. The eggs for this cake have to be separated and beaten which requires a slightly intense operation.
- The cake has nothing German about it and hence if you order this in Germany you might face a blank stare. It is completely American and is not very popular outside the country either.
- The origins of this cake can be traced back to Texas, in the US where it was prepared for the first time by a housewife in Texas.
- The invention of chocolate happened in the year 1764 and the credit for this invention goes to Dr. James Baker.
- The longest cake in the world was made in the year 2020 measuring more than 17000 feet and it was in India.
- The specialty with the German chocolate cake is the coconut icing and the creamy pecan layering the sweet chocolate cakes.
History of National German Chocolate Cake Day:
Made of layers of yummy chocolate with nutty and sweet pecan frosting, the German chocolate cake has nothing to do with Germany. There is no information on how the day came into existence while we do know how the cake came into being. We will continue to research and share the information about the origins of the day as and when available.