Starbuck’s Cake Pops

On Friday, I went to watch my little brother’s baseball game, and it was freezing out! We were bundled up, but my toes still went numb.

Oh well, at least we had cake pops from Starbuck’s! A friend brought them for us. A nice treat for a baseball game.

She says, “If you’re going to cheat, cheat small”… or something like that.

So, what are the nutrition facts on these little cake pops?

1 Starbucks Cake Pop (Birthday Cake Flavor) is about 170 calories, 9 g fat, 5 g saturated, 22 g carb, 18 g sugar.

Ingredients: white coating (sugar, palm kernel oil, whey powder, skim milk powder, soy lecithin, monoglycerides, titanium dioxide [colour], natural flavour, vanilla), sugar, water, flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), soybean oil, liquid whole eggs, powdered sugar (sugar, cornstarch), liquid egg white, butter, palm oil, candies (sugar, corn starch, confectioner’s glaze, carnauba wax), skim milk powder, palm oil (with soy lecithin), invert sugar, corn syrup, baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate), modified food starch, salt, vanilla extract, natural vanilla flavour, emulsifier (water, sorbitan mono-stearate, polysorbate 60, mono- and diglycerides, sodium propionate), xanthan and guar gums, emulsifier (mono- and diglycerides, polysorbate 60, citric acid, bht [antioxidant]), natural flavour, carmine.

So, for a little 4-bite treat (or 1 bite in some cases haha), these cake pops are not that bad. A few things to note: titanium dioxide which is used to create a white color in the cake pops is an ingredient also used in sunscreen–yummy. Hope you like to eat wax because it is one of the ingredients. I try to avoid foods with BHT because studies are inconclusive as to whether or not this ingredient is harmful to our bodies. BHT is a synthetic antioxidant which is used to prevent spoilage in foods… and jet fuel too. Finally, if you are wondering what carmine is, it is another name for a red food coloring.

Well, how do cake pops taste? I am not a big fan of cake itself, so I didn’t think I was going to be that thrilled about these. If you put a cupcake in front of me, I wouldn’t give a crap about eating it (unless it was fudgy and filled with something on the inside). Anyway, these cake pops were extra gooey and moist on the inside–delicious, and had a soft, crunchy, and thick icing on the outside. The flavor reminds me of those iced animal cookies with sprinkles.

In conclusion, I would not be too afraid to eat these cake pops because they are still a healthier alternative when compared to the huge pieces of cake coming in around 500 calories with the same amount (or more) of processed ingredients.


  1. says

    I saw these cake pops the other day and was tempted to get one, but they happened to be giving away free mini cakes so I took one of those instead! If you put cake in front of me, it won’t last long. I looove cake. That titanium dioxide is scary, though.

  2. says

    My daughter is a Starbuck’s addict and adores the birthday cake pop. I have had the PLEASURE of sampling it and am totally smitten– Titaniam Dioxide and all! I love the consistency of the cake and the flavour is wonderful. It is so yummy I would love to know how to make it at home.

  3. Kiki says

    All of those ingredients bother me, your body is not made to digest those chemicals. I wont be giving my kids them too. By the way, carmine is actually coloring they get from dead beetles…gross

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