Breakfast buffet: National chocolate cupcake day
October 18th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Cake for one! - October 18 is National Chocolate Cupcake Day.

Dedicating an entire day to the absolutely exquisite joy that is the chocolate cupcake equals justified bliss. Peel off the foil and get snacking, you've got all day to treat yourself.

Garnering a first mention in Amelia Simms' "American Cookery" in 1796 as a "cake to be baked in small cups," these diminuitive, decadent desserts officially became known as cupcakes in Eliza Leslie's 1828 "Receipts" cookbook. The nickname stuck after chefs started baking cakes in pottery cups; their size closely resembled teacups, so "cupcake" became the name.

Just like a real cake, cupcake's rely on a magical mixture of flour, eggs, butter and sugar baked until delightfully delicious and slathered with frosting (and if you're lucky, sprinkles). Just don't confuse cupcakes and cake balls! The latterĀ combine crumbled cake with chocolate icing, all coated in chocolate. It's not a bad alternative, but they aren't chocolate cupcakes either.

Whether you're stopping by your favorite cupcake bakery or pulling out some muffin tins, indulge yourself today. Try The Cupcake Project's "Better than sex cupcakes" that are "chocolate times five." We'll leave that opinion up to you.

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  1. Haley Wojcik

    That looks absolutely delish. Going home and celebrating? I think, yes.

    October 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Righton

      Your response is absolutely stup.

      October 27, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  2. Kathleen

    For heaven's sake, whatever you do DON'T THROW THEM AT YOUR HUSBAND. Cupcakes have been deemed a "weapon".

    October 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm |

    That looks soooo good :-9

    October 18, 2011 at 9:21 am |
  4. RichardHead

    Now that's the way to start a day--Gimmie, Gimmie.

    October 18, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • AleeD

      I'll arm-wrestle you for it! Or better still, whips at 20 paces!

      October 18, 2011 at 9:08 am |
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