Chocolate cake. This takes many forms. The layered and moist ones, the thick and rich ones, dense with chocolatey goodness, the molten lava ones, oozing with melted chocolate. They’re all cake and all chocolate to me. If I could, I would have each and every one of them. Chocolate cake is almost a genre instead of a specific kind really.
The origins of this particular dessert vary for both the word and the confection. Some sources say that the word is rooted in the ancient greek “Plakous” a flat oat or corn cake sweetened with honey. Others say that it has a viking origin. The word “Kaka” describing a baked flour confection sweetened with sugar and honey. Though this is the origin of cake alone. Chocolate didn’t come into play until much later.
Chocolate goes back to around 1764 when Dr. James Baker made chocolate by grinding cacao beans. In 1828 Conrad Van Houten developed a method of extraction that would remove the fat from the cacao resulting in cacao butter, and the compacted solids that are used in making rock and powdered cacao. This made chocolate accessible to everyone as an inexpensive treat that could be had daily. Chocolate was not just for the rich any more.
It was not until 1879 when conching was invented. This process created a more silky texture for chocolate allowing it to be added readily and combine smoothly into batters. Up until the 1900′s most chocolate was used as a drink, or for drinking. Now it could be blended into cooking and baking.
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