Thursday, May 20, 2010

Nutrition Facts for Sprinkles Cupcakes

WARNING: If you love Sprinkles Cupcakes and want to continue eating them, don't read any further.

Today at lunch (as I was craving a cupcake), I began thinking about the nutrition facts of a cupcake. I had never seen any nor did I really want to. Curiosity got the best of me and I started researching. Since Sprinkles Cupcakes are some of the most well-known cupcakes, I figured they would be a good starting point.

The information wasn't hard to find and interestingly I found it on livestrong.com (via thedailyplate.com). Funny that they listed two of my favorite Sprinkles cupcakes:




Sprinkles Pumpkin Cupcake w/o frosting
Calories: 272
Total Fat: 8.75g (Sat Fat: 0)
Sodium: 0
Carbs: 34g
Protein: 0

But who eats a cupcake with frosting? Add Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
Calories: 130
Total Fat: 5.5g (Sat Fat: 0)
Sodium: 0
Carbs: 19g
Protein: 0

Add those together and you have the nutrition facts for the Pumpkin Cupcake sold at Sprinkles. Let's do another:




Red Velvet Cupcake w/o frosting
Calories: 130
Total Fat: 1g (Sat Fat: 0)
Sodium: 240mg
Carbs: 29g
Protein: 3g

Not bad...for a cupcake with no frosting. Get ready for this.

Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting

Calories: 497
Total Fat: 26.8g (Sat Fat: 16g)
Sodium: 412mg
Carbs: 61.5g
Protein: 6g

Whoa! I think I was in denial that cupcakes can be so bad for you! The funny part about this website is that it lists activities you can do to burn off all of these calories. If you eat this Red Velvet cupcake, you can croquet for 182 minutes or do bookbinding for 198 minutes.

Keep in mind that Sprinkles Cupcakes are HUGE and that you can cut out a lot of fat and calories by scraping off half of the frosting. This won't stop me from enjoying a delicious cupcake from Sprinkles.

6 comments:

Lorie said...

That actually isn't as bad as I thought it would be. It is bad, but I was afraid it was going to be a couple hundred calories higher!

But if there was ever a cupcake worth the calories it would be a Sprinkles.

Good thing I am not 1000 miles away from my old Sprinkles location!

paul said...

We should know the nutrition facts of the food we eat so we can have an idea of what nutrients we're taking.

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Athenahoya said...

OMG. I didn't know a cupcake could be so bad. All the calories are from fat and carbs! Oops. Looks like I can only have 1/4 of it.

Unknown said...

Zero sodium in both the pumpkin cupcake and creamcheese frosting is without a doubt incorrect. If they cannot get the sodium correct I would suggest that any/all of the rest may be incorrect as well. If they did not have a value for the sodium it should have been listed as unknown.

Unknown said...

Strangely, the creamcheese frosting values per serving for the two cupcakes above also appear out of whack. One substantially higher than the other even though the base recipe is likely identical. Not the most reliable information from LiveStrong. Makes me wonder what the site used as a source.

Linda said...

Just wanted to mention that the nutrition info you listed for the red velvet cupcakes is for the Sprinkles mix before being baked (doesn't include butter, eggs, etc.). So sadly the cupcake without frosting has more than 130 calories. On the flip side, the frosting is relatively less :P

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