People can start their week right in a sweet way because this Monday marks National Chocolate Cupcake Day.

Food-related holidays are always excellent reasons to indulge in the delicious foods we love. On National Cupcake Day, observed annually on Oct. 18, we celebrate these sweet treats that can truly make any day special, whether it's a birthday or a simple lunch at work.

Cupcakes first made their debut in 1796 when Amelia Simmons wrote about individual-sized cakes in the cookbook "American Cookery," National Day Calendar noted. However, the name "cupcake" was used only years later in 1828 in Eliza Leslie's cookbook, "Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes and Sweetmeats."

Today, cupcakes have certainly become a favorite of many, with a wide variety of flavors to choose from. To celebrate the holiday, people can enjoy a cupcake or two from their favorite shop, or try making them in their own kitchens. Let's look at some chocolate cupcake ideas you may want to try.

Easy Chocolate Cupcake recipe

For anyone who hasn't tried making chocolate cupcakes before, they may want to begin with the basics for the occasion. This recipe for easy chocolate cupcakes from Natasha's Kitchen produces "amazing" results and is best paired with chocolate buttercream frosting. 

Mint Chocolate Cupcake

For many people, mint and chocolate together make an excellent flavor combination. If you're one of them, you can try this mint chocolate cupcake recipe that will satisfy lovers of the sweet pairing. Since it uses two tablespoons of crushed peppermint candies, one can really taste that minty and chocolatey goodness.

Red Wine and Chocolate Cupcake

Those who are looking for something a little boozy can try this recipe from Taste of Home that requires red wine and bittersweet chocolate to get that rich flavor. Topped with mascarpone icing, these red wine and chocolate cupcakes can add some sweetness to any get-together.

Vegan Chocolate Cupcake

Diet-conscious people can try this vegan chocolate cupcake recipe that's paired with vegan vanilla frosting. Instead of common ingredients such as milk and butter, this recipe uses vegan margarine and soy milk. Topped with sprinkles, these vegan cupcakes can be a moist and delightful guilt-free treat.

Chocolate Cupcake Cones

Those who have kids at home can try this recipe as the cupcakes are actually baked inside ice cream cake cones. When topped with sweet icing and some sprinkles, these fun and unique chocolate cupcakes look just like ice cream. You can make three dozen chocolate cupcake cones using this recipe from Taste of Home, which will be enough to go round for everyone, young and old alike.

Cupcake In this representational image, a cupcake on display in New York, Feb. 19, 2010. Photo: Getty Images/ Stan Honda