Friday, March 18, 2011

Review: Starbucks Petites

Last week I introduced you to the new line of mini-desserts at Starbucks called Starbucks Petites. I could barely wait to give them a try, so I stopped by the nearest Starbucks and grabbed one of almost everything! Three cake pops, two mini cupcakes, and one whoopie pie later, I was one happy girl.

Birthday Cake Pop
- Vanilla cake and icing, dipped in pink chocolaty coating, with white sprinkles. This was my favorite of the three cake pops. It brought back memories of my birthday cakes growing up. The inside was very moist and the coating didn't chip off after the first bite.

Rocky Road Cake Pop - Chocolate cake and icing, dipped in a dark chocolaty coating, with mini marshmallows and roasted almonds. My husband exclaimed, "this tastes just like rocky road!" Even though I'm not a nut fan, I loved this cake pop too. The inside was also moist

Tiramisu Cake Pop - Vanilla cake and Starbucks coffee with vanilla icing, dipped in mocha flavored chocolaty coating, with a chocolate coffee bean. This cake pop had strong flavors of coffee and mocha, which I don't drink, but I still loved the taste. The inside was a little less cakey than the other two and a little more gooey. If you like Tiramisu, you'll love this cake pop.

Peanut Butter Mini Cupcake - Chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting and a mini peanut butter cup. This cupcake took me by surprise! It wasn't just ok, it was actually good! A decent cupcake from Starbucks?...I didn't think it was possible. The cake was moist, although it could have been a little more chocolaty. The frosting was very rich and tasted almost like a sweet peanut butter spread. I'm a huge peanut butter fan (as in, I eat PB&J sandwiches every day), so I loved the frosting!

Carrot Cake Mini Cupcake
- Spiced carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. There were good parts and not-so-good parts about this cupcake. The cake was moist, but the frosting was just so-so. The cream cheese frosting didn't have much of a cream cheese taste, although it did have a good consistency. For the first time ever, I enjoyed the cake more than the frosting.

Red Velvet Whoopie Pie - Cream cheese frosting and two small red velvet cakes. I loved how soft the cookies were, but they somewhat lacked a strong red velvet flavor. The cream cheese frosting was the same as the Carrot Cake Mini Cupcake frosting, so you already know it was just ok. The proportion of cookies to frosting was perfect. Overall the whoopie pies were good, but could be better.

I didn't expect much from Starbucks Petites, as Starbucks is a coffee shop, not a bakery, but to my surprise, they did a superb job at creating some tasty mini-desserts. And the best part? Each Petite is under 200 calories! That's good news for when I have a mid-day sweets attack.

So I have to know what you think! Have you tried the Starbucks Petites mini-desserts yet? What is your favorite? Will you go to Starbucks the next time you're having a cupcake craving?


Kelly said...

Good for Starbucks expanding their menu, and offering some reasonably low-caloric items! I want to try the mini lemon bar. Right up my alley, and I like that it's so small!

Wendy Paul said...

I may have to stop by and give their mini's a try. :) The rocky road is speaking to me!

crystal said...

Last Saturday my husband and I stopped by for a free cupcake during the 2-5 offer they were having. We shared the peanut butter cupcake and then bought the Rocky Road cake pop. They were both delicious and being that we don't have a cupcakery here in Amarillo, TX, I will definitely go back for more!

Carrie Rowe said...

I tried the tiramisu cake pop yesterday and liked it, but the center was a little too mushy for me. I LOVE the salted carmel nut bar... SO yum!

Cupcake Activist said...

Cupcake Carrie- I agree. The Tiramisu center was mushy, but still good.

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