The interesting Story of Cake and Chocolate




Cocoa Fruits and Seeds
Cocoa Fruits and Seeds

Chocolate

Cocoa Fruit
Cocoa Fruit

The history of chocolates takes us back to 1900 BC in MesoAmerica. The Aztecs believed that the Cacao seeds, from which the chocolate was derived then, were gifted to them by Quetzalcoatl, the God of Wisdom.  However majority of European and other countries discovered it only in the 16th century AD. It arrived in Spain in the 16th Century and then sugar was added to it for the first time. After that it became very popular in Europe. Today a majority of people on the planet love chocolates.

The name Chocolate is probably derived from a Nahuati word Xocolati (meaning bitter water) and then entered the English language from Spanish.

Chocolate is made of cocoa seeds found in the tropical region tree called cocoa tree.

Cocoa Fruits and Seeds
Cocoa Fruits and Seeds
Cocoa Seeds
Cocoa Seeds

Its ingredients are

1. Chocolate Liqor(This is shell removed fermented, roasted and ground cocoa beans till they liquefy. )
2. Cocoa Butter: Fat coming from cocoa bean
3. Sugar
4. Lecithin:An emulsifier
5. Vanilla: For flavor

Assorted Lindt Chocolates
Lindt Chocolates

So what is so special about chocolates? We hear people say chocolates are not good for health and that we should limit eating chocolate. In fact chocolates are life savers and help us a lot. The main ingredient of chocolates is Cocoa. We have a variety of chocolates available in the market. Dark Chocolate is probably the best of all from a health perspective.

 

 

 

Cake

cake
cake

Cakes have a long history too. However the origin of cakes is European (Vikings). The word cake is derived from Old Norse work “Kaka”. Although cakes are different than breads, some bread like banana bread for example can’t be either termed as bread or a cake. Cakes are one of the most common delicacies in any occasion today. There are a lot of varieties of cakes.

A Chocolate cake is one of the most eaten cakes around the world. It’s probably because lot of people love chocolates. There are a lot of varieties of flavors of chocolates coming now days due to the rapid innovation by the chocolate manufacturers.

 

Mocha Cake
Mocha Cake

Using chocolate and bread we can prepare a lot of recipes like cupcakes, cheesecakes, wedding cakes, birthday cakes. A cupcake recipe is pretty simple of them all and cupcakes are generally had as light snacks either as a part of breakfast or any time during the day when we are busy.

 

 

 

Chocolate Fondue Fountain
Chocolate Fondue Fountain

Chocolate fountains are also becoming popular by the day and generally used to garnish the delicacies using melted chocolates. Chocolate is used in a lot of items like Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Chocolate Cookies and widely used in Chocolate Fountain as Chocolate Fondue. With chocolate fountains, we can make treats like chocolate cake, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate fudge, chocolate world, chocolate brownie and many more. The dripping melted chocolate is poured over all the above mentioned recipes to make them special ones. We can get the dark chocolate in any chocolate shops or super markets. So the ingredients used are also not very rare and easily accessible.

Homemade chocolates are gaining popularity in the market today. Most of them use honey instead of sugar so reducing the fat content of regular chocolates. Homemade chocolates would be a little costly than the factory made ones as they produce in small scale and they also take a lot of manual effort . However the quality of homemade chocolate is better if made properly.

 

Dark Chocolate Covered Expresso Beans
Dark Chocolate Covered Expresso Beans

Dark chocolate bares a lot of health benefits and eating dark chocolate regularly helps in reducing the stress levels, reduces cardiac problems, helps prevent diabetes and good for pregnant ladies. It also reduces craving for sweets and fatty foods.

So as we have seen Chocolates and chocolate cakes can not only be tasty but also a lot healthy. No matter whatever is the occasion, have chocolates and chocolate cakes regularly. It’s good to lead a as well as healthy life eating our favorite delicacy.