Holly Willoughby says sugary pregnancy cravings saw her scoff 12 cupcakes a day

Holly Willoughby admitted her secret food obsession to chef James Martin and co-host Phillip Schofield on This Morning on Monday.

The 40-year-old said she couldn't resist buttercream, especially when she was pregnant with her three kids, Harry, Belle and Chester.

Holly told viewers on This Morning, "When I was pregnant I used to buy like cupcakes, like 12 of them in a box and I used to lick the icing off and sling the sponge. It was all I wanted!"

The subject came up as the hosts discussed chef James Martin's new book titled, "Butter."

The chef baked a scrumptious-looking chocolate fudge cake for the hosts and filled the dessert with plenty of butter.

After talking about his own love for butter, James said to Holly, "You were saying in between the cooking items that butter icing is your favourite."

Phil chimed in, "That is your Achilles heel isn't it."

Holly replied, "Yeah. It really is."

Clearly having indulgent food on the mind, Holly also eyed up James' giant bowl of chocolate icing.

As the chef dolloped giant spoonful's of the delicious icing onto the chocolate cake, Holly said, "Look how you ice the cake, I've never seen anyone do that."

She added, "I sort of want you to do that to my head."

As the two laughed Phil added, "Oh, I'd definitely watch that."

It wasn't just the indulgent look of James' decorating skills that caught Holly and Phil's attention, they also loved the flavour of James' cake.

Phil said, "The cake is beautiful, the fudge is amongst the best I've ever tasted."

Much to viewer's delight at the end of the programme James nearly followed through on Holly's suggestion.

The chef held the bowl of dripping chocolate icing over Holly's head as she squirmed in front of the camera.

Phil seemed to enjoy the tease and he laughed along saying, "Do it! Do it! Do it! Do it!"

Although James didn't go through with Holly's indulgent, Vicar-of-Dibley-style request, the This Morning hosts definitely left fans laughing.

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