Gourmet cupcakes are the must-have comfort food of the day and now, you can even visit a cupcake ATM in New York or Beverly Hills and get a Sprinkles cupcake 24/7.
Two cupcake bakeries–Crumbs Bake Shop from Manhattan and Beverly Hills’ Sprinkles–are in an all out race to open up new cupcakeries in other highfalutin zip codes where people don’t think twice about spending $3.75 cupcake ($45 a dozen!) for a taste of nostalgia meets haute dessert art.
The glam cakes have been featured on all the national morning shows, NPR, sitcoms and late-night talk shows. Even Oprah got in on the cake game and shared Sprinkles with her audience. Stars like Teri Hatcher, Courtney Cox and Tyra Banks will even wait in lines for their Sprinkles fix.
The cupcake craze is so hot that even Wall Street has gotten in on the action with the recent announcement that Crumbs will be the first cupcake bakery to go public. That’s right. We can all own a piece of the pie cake.
Whether you prefer the east-coast Crumbs or the West’s Sprinkles, no matter. While their flavors and frosting-to-cake ratios may be different, the two boutikeries have one thing in common: Calories. And lots of them.
Cupcakes are deceptive. They look like works of art and seem perfectly portioned—a good choice when you want a sweet treat. Until you find out that you just ate 600 calories and half the fat you need in a day!
And, unlike a cake, where everyone I know just asks for a “sliver,” once you peel back a cupcake’s wrapper, there’s no going back.
Little Cakes with Big Calories
- Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcake: 500 Calories, 27 grams of fat
- Crumbs Vanilla Cupcake: 780 Calories, 36 grams of fat
- Crumbs Hostess-esque “Squiggle” Cupcake: 542 calories, 25 grams fat
- Hostess Original Chocolate Cup Cakes: 180 calories, 7 grams fat
- Store-bought Mini Two-Bite Chocolate Cupcakes: 105 calories, 5 grams fat
Your best bet, go with the regular sized rather than the bakery’s oversized versions. A regular-sized cupcake (just over an ounce) will have about 3/4 to 1/2 the calories of their larger siblings but the “tasting” or “bite-sized” options are more like 1/3 of the calories of the regular cupcakes. But, you have to have the self-control to stop after eating just one or two.
Personally, I don’t have that kind of self-control so I avoid these diet teasers ore else I become CupCrazed!