Golden Ocala Celebrates National Chocolate Cake Day
We’re not sure exactly when human societies became civilized, but we surmise it may have been sometime after the 1830s. Earlier estimates, certain ravenous historians assert, put the dawn of modern civilization at right around 1765.
We at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club venture to connect the awakening of the human political experience to that point in culinary history when smart homo sapiens began gobbling down chocolate cake. We say this, almost tearfully, to recognize, salute and pay homage to National Chocolate Cake Day on Jan. 27.
We soundly urge all you refined folks of excellent culinary tastes to enjoy chocolate cake at Knicker’s Wednesday. (We may even consider petitioning our Congressional representatives into making this a federal holiday. Alas, yonder sweet “Layer Rich Malted-Chocolate Toasted Marshmallow Cake,” we hear thee beckon.)
According to National Day Calendar, early Americans drank chocolate as a beverage. Chocolate cake (please brace yourselves, dear readers) … did … not … exist! (Egad!)
Chocolate Cake By Mistake
The Dover Post reported that the union of cake and chocolate was consummated in 1765 when a doctor and a chocolate maker joined proverbial forces at an old mill. The two ground cocoa beans between millstones to make gooey syrup, which was poured into cake-shaped molds. The intent was to make the concoction into a drink. But oops! Behold, chocolate cake was born on that most eminent of days.
Culinary rumor has it that an Austrian chef created a chocolate-cake type dessert for a prince using two layers of chocolate dough with jam in the middle. The beloved chef put chocolate frosting over the royal concoction.
Philadelphia author Eliza Leslie published the earliest chocolate cake recipe cookbook in 1847 in The Lady’s Receipt Book, according to National Day Calendar. Her recipes included chopped chocolate. Sarah Tyson Rover and Maria Parloa also contributed to wondrous world of chocolate-cake cookbooks.
O.Duff and Sons created the first boxed cake mix in the 1920s. Betty Crocker produced the first dry cake mixes in 1947. And the rest is chocolate-cake history.
And It’s Good For You
But we chocolate-cake lovers at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club go so far as to suggest that chocolate cake is good for you. Consider this: Cake is made of eggs and milk. And every self-respecting health expert knows chocolate has so many health benefits. Why, a slice of chocolate cake is “packed” with proteins (eggs), calcium (milk) and has plenty of flavonoids and theobromine in those funny little cacao beans.
Come to Knickers and enjoy some scrumptious chocolate cake – for the sake of modern civilization and the advancement of all things dear and delicious.
An ardent fan of chocolate cake, maestro Chef Rick Alabaugh creates some truly mouth-watering seasonal cuisines at Knickers Grill. Hours are: 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday; 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday. A special lunch menu is offered 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday; 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday.