How to Freeze Cake So You Can Enjoy a Slice Now and More Later

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Have you ever had a massive craving for a big, fat slice of cake, but didn’t have anyone to share an entire cake with? Well guess what: you can eat the entire cake yourself. You deserve all that cake! Should you eat it all at the same time? Probably not. (Though if you want to challenge yourself, we're not going to stop you.) But what you can do is cut the cake into slices, live your dreams with a single piece, and then freeze the rest so that you always have a slice of cake handy whenever you need it the most. Think about how much easier you’ll sleep knowing that you’ve always got cake that’s ready to go whenever a cake emergency presents itself. It’s a nice feeling. 

To prevent freezer smells and keep cake tasting exactly as god intended, slices need to be wrapped extremely, extremely well—in this instance, there is no such thing as over wrapping. Begin by cutting your cake into individual slices, space them out on a baking sheet or large platter, then slide into the freezer, uncovered, for 30 minute to an hour until the frosting is firm to the touch. 

Think about how much easier you’ll sleep knowing that you’ve always got cake that’s ready to go whenever a cake emergency presents itself.

Next, lay a sheet of plastic wrap on the counter. Put a slice of cake cut-side down onto the bottom third of the plastic, folding up the bottom and pressing onto every surface, ensuring there’s no air trapped between the plastic wrap and cake. Fold in the sides, then roll the cake up like a burrito. Wrap the cake again in a second sheet of plastic, then repeat until all your cake is ready to go into suspended animation. 

Once wrapped individually, you can put your cake slices in a larger container to prevent them from getting smooshed. If you don’t have a sturdy plastic container, you can keep your cake in a small cardboard box, or anything with sturdy sides.

If you know when you’d like to eat your cake in advance, thaw out a slice by leaving it in the refrigerator overnight, or at room temperature on the counter for a few hours. If you can’t wait hours for cake, you can try defrosting it in the microwave in 45-second increments, but be forewarned that this could melt some of the frosting. (It will still taste amazing, but might not look too pretty.) Or, you can just eat your cake frozen. It’s your cake. You’re allowed to do whatever you want with it.

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