Friday, January 23, 2009

Cupcakes from the 'Bux

Starbucks Red Velvet

I've been feeding my latte addiction at Pret of late. Their coffee is Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, organic, strong, fresh roasted--they actually post their roasted on date so you know it's within 2 weeks. And a large latte will run you $3.35, that's $.71 less than a similar sized coffee at the 'Bux and there generally isn't a line. All of this is to say, it's been awhile since I've made a Starby's run. When I popped by to pick up a spinach feta wrap for lunch yesterday I noticed something new in their case. Cupcakes...

Ok, cupcakes aren't exactly a "new" thing at Starbucks. I've seen them before for a few brief stints on the dessert menu. But it's been awhile. The folks behind the counter told me that they just started getting in cupcakes earlier this week.

This time the cupcakes have a bit of a new look. The vanilla frosted vanilla cupcakes have a pretty edging of sugar. Oh, and they are posting calories. Yipes. 300 calories for this here red velvet cupcake. And that was the "healthiest" of the three (chocolate being the other offering).

Starbucks Red Velvet Cupcake

Alas, I didn't get to actually taste this red velvet cupcake. I couldn't find the ingredient listings on Starbuck's site and a call to their consumer hotline didn't yield any more intelligence. With no nut-free green light, I passed the cupcake along to my buddy, who is somewhat of a red velvet connoisseur. He said if the Starbucks red velvet operation had a dial for red velvetiness, this would be at about 25%. Not enough red velvet flavor. He pronounced the frosting the best part of the whole experience, but at least it wasn't dry. For a $1.95, this is one of the cheaper cupcake options in the city, so if you're looking for bang for your buck this might be up your alley; though based on my friend's estimate you might want to give the other cupcakes a shot instead.

6 comments:

Blondie said...

what exactly is 'red velvet flavor' other than red dye?

Sarah said...

The right balance between cocoa and plain ol' yellow cake? That's my guess.

I heart cupcakes said...

I may have to add a Starbucks to my cupcake tour of NY just to try them out!
In the UK we ocassionally get cupcakes in Starbucks - I had a Sicillian Lemon one recently which was really tasty and lemony. Wouldn't put it in my top 5 but have had worse from people who claim to be top cupcake bakers!

Brownie said...

@sarah: ding, ding, ding! Red velvet also traditionally has buttermilk in it which gives it a kind of tangy flavor.

Phil said...

I had one of these yesterday and it was yumilicious. the best way to eat a frosted cupcake is to break it in half (top and bottom) and then put it back together with the filling in the middle.
I too have been trying to find an ingredient list? Red velvet is cocoa and food coloring? It was not really chocolaty, and the frostiing made the whole thing.

Anonymous said...

Starbucks claims no food dyes. You think this thing is really all natural? It seems to brightly colored to be natural!