Why am I craving cake? 11 Reasons

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Do you find yourself daydreaming about cake even though you just ate lunch?

Or maybe you’ve been eating healthy all week and now you’re feeling like you need a cheat day.

We’ve all been there before, but have you ever stopped to wonder why cake is can be at the top of our minds sometimes, or why you crave sweet things at night?

1 – You’re bored.

We’ve all been there before. We’re minding our own business when all of a sudden, we have an intense craving for a specific food. Usually, these cravings are for something sugary or salty, like cake or chips. But why do we get these cravings in the first place? According to some experts, it’s because we’re bored.

When we’re bored, our brain is looking for ways to stimulate itself, and one way to do that is by seeking out refined sugars.

Think about it – you’re not craving unsweetened cocoa powder are you? No! It’s the sugar and the temporary ‘hit’ you’re really after.

2 – You’re pregnant.

When you’re pregnant, you might start to experience some unusual cravings. While some women crave pickles or ice cream, others find themselves hankering for something a little more unexpected, like dirt or chalk. So what’s behind these sudden urges? 

According to experts, pregnancy cravings are often related to changing hormones and how pregnant women need more calories.

The most obvious example is the hormone cortisol.

When you’re under a lot of pressure, your body releases cortisol. This hormone triggers the fight-or-flight response, which can increase your appetite. Cortisol also causes blood sugar levels to drop, which can lead to cravings for sugary or carb-heavy foods.

Plus, pregnant women need much more calories than non-pregnant women. Up to 40%! So if you’re feeling pregnant, it’s no wonder you’re reaching for that slice of cake.

3 – You’re stressed.

There’s another reason why you might crave cake when you’re feeling stressed: it’s a form of self-medication. Just like some people turn to alcohol or drugs when they’re feeling down, others use food as a way to cope with their emotions.

And while cake might give you a temporary boost, it’s not a healthy way to deal with stress in the long run. Why not try taking a deep breath and reaching for a piece of fruit instead? Keyword, try.

You can also try journaling, which is an excellent practice!

4 – You’re in a celebratory mood

There’s nothing quite like a slice of cake to celebrate a special occasion.

Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, or simply the end of a long week, cake is always a welcome treat. But why do we crave cake when we’re in a celebratory mood? It turns out that there’s more to it than just the delicious taste.

For many of us, cake is associated with happy memories from childhood birthday parties or other celebrations. These positive associations can trigger our brain to crave cake when we’re feeling happy or celebrating something special. Cake also tends to be high in sugar, which can give us an instant energy boost and make us feel good.

5 – You’re sad.

When you crave cake, it’s not because you’re really hungry sometimes. It can be because you’re sad. Cake is a comfort food, for reasons we just covered.

It’s something that people turn to when they need a pick-me-up or a little bit of happiness in their lives.

And that’s because the cake is loaded with sugar. Sugar is a natural mood booster. It helps to raise levels of serotonin in the brain, which can improve your mood and make you feel happier.

So, if you’re feeling down, don’t reach for a healthy snack. Reach for a piece of dark chocolate instead.

6 – Cake tastes good!

Why does cake taste so good? And why does your body seem to crave it even when you know it’s not good for you?

The answer has to do with sugar. Cake is loaded with added sugar, which is a quick source of energy for your body. When you eat sugar, your body releases insulin, which helps to convert the sugar into energy. Plus cake is one of those foods high in fat as well, hence the creamy texture.

However, sugar also causes a spike in your blood sugar levels, which can leave you feeling tired and sluggish shortly after eating it.

That’s why you sometimes crave cake even when you’re not really hungry – your body is just looking for a quick burst of energy.

7 – You’re hungry.

Of course, cake isn’t the only food that contains sugar. But what sets cake apart from other sugary foods is the combination of fat and flour. The fat in cake helps to slow down the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream, giving you a more sustained energy boost.

And the flour in the cake contains a bit of protein and fiber, which help to keep you feeling full and satisfied. But keep in mind cake is mostly just a ton of empty calories!

8 – Someone else is eating cake.

When you see someone else eating cake, it’s only natural to start feeling a bit hungry yourself. But why is this?

One reason you’re craving cake is because the sight of someone else indulging in a sweet treat activates the same pleasure centers in your brain as if you were eating the cake yourself. In other words, when you see someone else enjoying a delicious dessert, your brain tricks you into thinking that you’re experiencing the same level of enjoyment.

So the next time you find yourself drooling over someone else’s slice of cake, remember that it’s not really the cake you’re after – it’s the pleasure that comes from eating it.

9 – You’re feeling nostalgic

There’s nothing like a slice of cake to satisfy a sweet tooth. But why do we often crave cake when we’re feeling nostalgic? It turns out that there’s a scientific reason for this. According to Krystine Batcho, PhD, is a professor of psychology at LeMoyne College, in her study she found that people who were shown images of nostalgic objects were more likely to crave sweets.

The researchers believe that this is because nostalgia makes us feel sentimental and longing for simpler times. And what comfort food is more simple and nostalgia-inducing than cake?

10 – You’re feeling like bingeing

There are a few different reasons why you might find yourself craving cake. It could be a sign that you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed and are looking for a way to comfort yourself. It could also be a sign that you’re feeling deprived or restricting yourself too much and you’re wanting to indulge in something sweet.

Or, it could simply be that you’ve seen a picture of a delicious-looking cake and your brain is telling you that you need to have it!

When you have a strong combination of stress, restriction and hunger – and you eat something in an out of control way where you feel guilty afterwards – this is what’s known as a binge.

11 – You’re feeling like punishing yourself

When you’re feeling down, it’s common to crave certain foods like cake. But why do we turn to sweets when we’re feeling sad?

From my experience working with clients, often it’s because we’re trying to punish ourselves.

When we’re feeling guilty or ashamed, we often turn to food for comfort. And since sugary treats are generally unhealthy, we end up beating ourselves up even more.

This can create a vicious cycle of negative emotions and unhealthy eating habits. If you find yourself craving cake regularly, it might be time to take a closer look at your relationship with food.

Are you using food as a way to cope with negative emotions? If so, try reaching for healthier alternatives instead. Only you can decide what’s right for you, but making the effort to break the cycle of self-punishment can lead to a more positive outlook on life – and a healthier body as well.

What kind of deficiency causes sugar cravings?

Here are some various types of deficiencies that can cause sugar cravings.

Please note the most common and relevant type of deficiency is one of protein and fat. Plus, you’re probably dehydrated and stressed as well.

In other words, you’re physically hungry or not feeling satisfied (which is a nutrient deficiency).

And emotionally you’re drained (which is an emotional deficiency).

Here are some more reasons behind cake cravings listed below. While these reasons are valid, you should definitely remember the nutritional and emotional deficiencies are the real culprits behind food cravings!

  1. A deficiency in the hormone insulin can cause sugar cravings.
  2. A deficiency in the hormone leptin can also cause sugar cravings.
  3. A deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals, such as a magnesium deficiency, can also cause sugar cravings.
  4. Sugar cravings can also be caused by a lack of sleep or by stress.
  5. Finally, some people simply have a higher natural preference for sweet things and this can lead to sugar cravings.

However, cake cravings are unusually NOT due to hydration. If you are dehydrated it’s more likely you’ll start craving salt.

For more info read here about our Basic Food Craving Meanings Chart for Deficiencies.

Food Cravings for Cake Conclusion

There are many possible reasons why you might be craving chocolate cake. Some possible factors could include hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies, stress or emotional states, or simply a desire for something sweet and indulgent.

To best manage your cravings, it is important to look at the underlying causes and take steps to address any imbalances or disruptive factors in your life.

Some strategies to help you achieve this might include practicing relaxation techniques, eating a well balanced diet full of healthy fats, whole grains, veggies and proteins, getting regular exercise, and finding ways to manage stress and emotions. 

With time and effort, you can overcome your cravings and enjoy a healthier and happier lifestyle.

About the Author

Jared Levenson is a former binge eating wrestler turned Zen Buddhist Monk, Internal Family Systems counselor and nutrition wellness coach. He's helped hundreds of people through universal meal principles and internal family systems to make peace with food, stop binge eating, and find true health and wholeness.


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