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