Big Fat Chocolate Cake, available at the Parkway Deli, Silver Spring, MD. Picture by Lisa Schamess
We here at Machina Memorialis are shocked to realize we haven’t mentioned, let alone promoted, Cake Day. Let us rectify this oversite.
Simply put, Cake Day is a monthly celebration of life. While we here at Machina Memorialis celebrate Cake Day by eating cake with or as breakfast, the purpose of Cake Day is to take a moment to enjoy something you love, not simply to partake of it, but to marvel and savor the experience of enjoyment. Traditionally, Cake Day is celebrated on the first day of every month, but keeping withing the spirit of Cake Day, it’s a flexible holiday. Since celebrating our first Cake Day in June, we haven’t always managed to celebrate Cake Day on the first day of the month.
For those wanting more information, here’s a short FAQ:
What is Cake Day? Cake Day is a monthly celebration of life. While purists shall celebrate Cake Day by eating cake with breakfast or for breakfast, the purpose of Cake Day is to take a moment to enjoy something you love, something you could enjoy everyday but for practical reasons do not. The goal is to not simply to partake of it, but to marvel and savor the experience.
When do I celebrate Cake Day? Officially, Cake Day is celebrated on the first of every month; however, keeping with the spirit of Cake Day, celebrate the day whenever it best fits your schedule.
What if I don’t like cake or can’t eat cake? Does this mean this I’m left out? Of course not! Excluding people is antithetical to the spirit of Cake Day. As explained above, the purpose of Cake Day is to take a moment to enjoy something you love. And the goal of Cake Day is not simply to partake of it of that thing you love but to marvel and savor the experience of your enjoyment.
Why is Cake Day a monthly event? We wanted Cake Day to be a special occassion but not too special. Making it a yearly event would imbue it with too much significance, and, besides, the goal is to enjoy the moment of doing something you like, something you could enjoy daily but for practical reasons do not. We should take a moment to treat ourselves more than once a year.
Does Cake Day have an official website? Yes. There’s a Facebook event page dedicated to Cake Day. The event date is updated a day or two after each Cake Day.
When was the first Cake Day? The first Cake Day was June 1, 2011.
How did Cake Day start? The inspiration for Cake Day came about one morning as the resident 12-year old and I were sharing the remants of a slice of Big Fat Chocolate Cake (pictured above), and she said, “I wish we should have cake for breakfast everyday.” My first thought was, “No, not everyday because then it wouldn’t be special,” and then decided that cake for breakfast once a month sounded right.