The Ultimate Celebration of Chocolate

Chocolate must be one of the most beloved foods on the planet.

However, a definite contender for ‘runner-up’ is the chocolate cupcake.

It is safe to say that chocolate cupcakes are an American (if not world) favorite.

chocolate shavingsWho does not love the spongy chocolatey texture and chocolate ganache?

It is agreed:

Chocolate cupcakes are special.

Today we celebrate them, in honor of National Chocolate Cupcake Day (October 18th).

Plus I will explain how you can still enjoy this yummy treat while following a plant-based diet!

The History of Cupcakes

Where do cupcakes come from?

Apparently, they first appeared on the scene in 1796 after Amelia Simmons published a recipe strawberriesfor “a cake to be baked in small cups” in her American Cookery book.

But cupcakes’ popularity really took off when Hostess began to mass produce them in 1919.

Throughout the 20th century, the company continued to perfect their concoction, and by the 1950s their unique version of the cupcake was both cream-filled and frosted. (Albeit not terribly healthful!)

How did cupcakes get their name?

There are actually a couple different theories.

Some people believe it is because they were first baked in small cups.

The other theory is that cupcake recipes were measured by the cup (e.g. one cup of ingredient 1, two cups of ingredient 2, three cups of ingredient 3, and so on).  In keeping with that concept, cupcakes were originally called “Number Cakes” or “1234 Cakes” because it was an easy way to remember ingredient portions.

Did you know?

  • Cupcakes have also been known as fairy cakes and patty cakes.
  • 13 percent of brides would rather serve cupcakes than full-size cakes at their wedding.
  • Original cupcake recipes were not frosted ; instead, they were flavored only with spices or dried fruits.

Chef Rosane Oliveira and Classic Chocolate CupcakesPlant-Based Chocolate Cupcakes?

A traditionally-made cupcake–with butter, eggs, and milk–is obviously unsuitable for our diet.

But is it possible to make a delicious chocolate cupcake with only plant-based ingredients?

Fortunately, the answer is a most definite YES.

Check out our favorite Classic Chocolate Cupcakes recipe, which gives you the best of both worlds–a delectable chocolate cupcake that is also 100 percent plant-based.

Whip up a batch and invite friends and family to partake with you.

And happy National Chocolate Cupcake Day to all!