Actually this tends to happen all year round as people crave the cake, battle with feelings about the cake, give in and eat the cake, wish they hadn't even met the cake, deny knowing the cake, and so the cycle continues. Cake is a love hate relationship!!
I've written extensively in the past about cake cravings, from Ancel Key's work on human starvation to my observations of the amount of cupcake companies popping up in our starved world.
Now before we go any further lets clear something up, I'm often viewed as;
"the food police"
As you will of read previously, starvation leads to a whole host of complaints but the one that causes people the most upset is cravings. Most of the people I've consulted with are happy to deal with most of their low calorie symptoms (emotional issues, hair-loss, etc etc) but they hate the lack of willpower and the fact that they give in to cravings.
I eat a lot of good food. Cravings are our bodies response to restriction. According to Levin Pelchat, (2009)
"It may be the way in which foods are consumed (e.g. alternating access and restriction) rather than their sensory properties that leads to an addictive eating pattern."
So, I have nothing against cake and if that was all I had then I'd eat it. Equally if I was starving I'd eat it and I'd feel no guilt about it. If however I'm well fed, not only on good food but also enough food. Then I'm unlikely to want either much cake or indeed any at all. No willpower involved, just a fulfilled appetite.
Anyway, thanks for the many birthday messages, if your craving cake just eat it. Then tomorrow when you wake up think about eating enough all day so that cravings don't appear.
Levin Pelchat, (2009) "It may be the way in which foods are consumed (e.g. alternating access and restriction) rather than their sensory properties that leads to an addictive eating pattern."