5 Reasons to Have Emergency Cake in Your Freezer

October 17, 2013

All this week, our friends Allison and Matt from Robicelli's will be sharing recipes from their cookbook Robicell's: A Love Story, with Cupcakes, hosting a Twitter chat, answering our questions, and giving away a book every day.  

Today: More reasons to make an entire batch of cupcakes.

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Here are five reasons to keep emergency cake in your freezer. Because you will, at some point, find yourself needing cake at an hour where cake is not readily available to you. Such as:

1. The night you end up lying awake on the couch at 3 AM, because both your kids decided climb your bed at 2:45 AM, which is a result of how, at 7:30 PM, their father in his infinite wisdom thought they were old enough to watch Garfield’s Halloween, and now they’re both terrified of “pirate ghosts.”

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2. The night where you’re up watching old episodes of Roseanne, get blindsided by one of those awful Sarah MacLaughlin commercials, and can’t find the remote in time to change it.

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3. Or you’re watching a Scrubs marathon and that episode where Ben is actually dead the entire time comes on, but you don’t change it because goddamn it Dr. Cox is just so amazing.

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4. When it’s well past midnight and you’re glued to your laptop, still working, and you poke over to Facebook to see one of your high school friends has posted gorgeous pics of their gorgeous children, dressed, of course, in designer clothes, running around the manicured lawn of their gorgeous three-bedroom house. And you just sit there in the darkness, clicking between that screen and the one containing dozens of unanswered work emails, the ones that will multiply to hundreds by the next morning, looking around your tiny apartment, and wondering exactly what the hell you’re doing wrong with your life.

5. If you’re a lady, every 28 days. If you’re a married to a lady, every 28 days, plus the five days before, and the five days after. (And we’re sorry.)

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Allison Robicelli is a James Beard-nominated food writer, a Publisher's Weekly-starred author, and lots of other fun things. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she currently lives with her two sons and four cats in Baltimore, Maryland.


tanblanc November 11, 2017
We are NOT sorry! :)
tamater S. June 5, 2016
#4: ...running around the manicured lawn of their gorgeous three-bedroom house... For gaaaawdsake, don't click on that other album; that bunch pics are of them on beachfront - you know, at the summer place!
connieapples October 18, 2013
#3. Absolutely. I get shivers just thinking about htat.
Jeannette T. October 18, 2013
Do we really need reasons for emergency cake?? Its an absolute essential, I once tried to keep in in my first aid kit but There wasn't enough room for the band-aids!
walkie74 October 18, 2013
#5 usually has the opposite effect: it makes me physically ill. But you better believe I make up for it during those five days after.
Loves F. October 17, 2013
This is amazing. #2, #3, and #5 are my life. Especially the part about Roseanne. And the part about Dr. Cox.
Lisa October 17, 2013
Emergency cake! The perfect answer to so many of life's issues - reason #5, particularly, although 1 and 4 cry cake as well. Thank you for the reminder.