Friday, April 22, 2011

How Far Do I Have to Run to Burn Off a Sprinkles Cupcake?

The other day someone told me that she found my blog by researching how far she'd had to run to eat one Sprinkles cupcake. I've wondered this too, but I'm in denial about how many calories are in cupcakes. Being the health-nut that I am, I should probably know this info. So here goes...if you don't read any further, I totally understand.

Last year I posted some nutrition facts for two of my favorite Sprinkles cupcakes (pumpkin and red velvet). Since Red Velvet is one of the most popular flavors, we'll use it in today's example.

According to, a Sprinkles Red Velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting has 497 calories! (In their defense, Sprinkles cupcakes are pretty big.)

According to, a 140lb person running at a 7mph pace (8:30 mile) will burn 730 calories an hour. So to burn a 497 calorie cupcake, you would have to run for 40.8 minutes. At a pace of 7mph, that's 4.8 miles.

(Me and my Team Sparkle running buddies)

So in order to enjoy one Sprinkles Red Velvet cupcake, you would have to run 4.8 miles to burn it off. 4.8 miles is a long run. Would it be worth it to you? I'm interested to hear what you think.


Aimee | Irresistible Icing said...

Ahh! I had my first Sprinkles experience this week while traveling in San Diego. Not only did I scarf down the Red Velvet, I also devoured the peanut butter cup. This is just depressing :( LOL. Soo glad I don't have one in Virginia Beach! Thanks for sharing!

Madison said...

Yes I would run for cupcakes and I have.

Anonymous said...

That was me! :) I had a Sprinkles cupcake after my half marathon on Sunday - burned it off at mile 5! Totally worth it :)


Camilla said...

i wish i ran at a 7mph pace but even at my 10 min. mile pace i'd say sprinkles is worth it every once in a while. especially if you're not trying to lose weight but in maintenance. :)

Anonymous said...

Ugh.. I should have stopped reading at the top!

Lisa Glowacka said...

I just came across your blog after researching the calorie count in a pumpkin sprinkles cupcake which I just ate :) yes, running for sprinkles is totally, completely 100% worth it! A friend of mine told me she heard that Sprinkles cupcakes had around 3,000 calories?!?! Seemed crazy so I had to search myself. Red velvet is my second favorite but with almost 500 calories in the frosting I'll stick to pumpkin!

Anonymous said...

WORTH IT!! My Husband wanted to know Sift's The Samoa Cupcakes calories, so I figured Sprinkles was relatively the same. . . I used to be a fan of Sprinkles & Dots, but now... it's Sift's. There are sensations I never knew existed, lol ..
Glad Crossfit is there for me :) otherwise my waist would be incredible.

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