“Let’s face it, a good, creamy chocolate cake does a lot for people. It does for me,” said Audrey Hepburn. We couldn’t agree more with Ms. Hepburn – she knows her sweets as well as she knows the silver screen. We suspect she’d also agree that cake doesn’t have to be reserved for special occasions, or even dessert. A delicious slice of cake might actually be the perfect food…for breakfast.
That’s not to suggest that you should start your day by devouring a triple-layered cake dripping with rich frosting. With a touch of moderation, you can have your cake and eat it, too. Here are 10 convincing reasons to eat cake for breakfast:
Cake Is Made of Standard Breakfast Ingredients
Eggs and milk are already being served up every morning, so what’s the fuss if you consume them in a different form? Scrambled eggs and a glass of milk are virtually the same thing as a cake baked with those items.
You’ll Burn Off the Calories More Easily
While that midnight snack is a delightfully guilty indulgence, none of those calories are going to get burned off by your REM cycle. When you eat some cake in the morning, you have the whole day ahead of you to walk (or run) it off.
Cake Makes You Smarter
The Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study showed that chocolate intake is associated with better cognitive function. Make that breakfast cake a chocolate one and you’ll improve your memory and reasoning skills.
Coffee Cake Is a Cultural Institution
Who are you to argue with hundreds of years of tradition? Especially when it pairs so perfectly with your morning brew.
You’ll Get Better at Math
According to a study by Northumbria University in England, the flavanols in dark chocolate help people perform calculations more quickly and accurately. Eating bites of dark chocolate cake at 7am? It computes.
Cake Is Healthier Than Doughnuts
How doughnuts made it onto breakfast menus is an ancient mystery. A typical slice of bakery-made chocolate cake is around 200 calories, whereas a chocolate-glazed doughnut is upwards of 300 calories – don’t even think about that delicious maple bar because it’s pushing 500 calories.
It’s a Family Affair
Cake is made for family-style, communal eating. A single-serve slice of toast or bowl of cereal almost seems selfish!
Chocolate Cake Is Good For Your Heart
Findings from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that eating a controlled amount of chocolate could improve your cardiovascular health.
You Can Trick Yourself Into Getting More Nutrition
Chocolate cake is rich in antioxidants. Carrot cake is full of vitamin A (beta-carotene). Banana walnut cake? B6 vitamins and omega-3 oils, respectively. Choose your cake flavor wisely and you can get some extra vitamins, fibers, and other healthy stuff for breakfast.
Cake Is a Mood Booster
If you want to attack the day with a bounce in your step and an avalanche of positivity, eating a slice of cake in the morning is a guaranteed mood booster. You’ll get a shot of energy and also feel like you’re celebrating something special.
For the best breakfast experience, make sure you’re eating scratch-baked cake with the highest quality ingredients.