Jul 4, 2013

Review: Starbucks - Salted Caramel Cake Pop

Starbucks' Salted Caramel Cake Pop is their baked take on their popular Salted Caramel Mocha (and Hot Chocolate). It features a ball of chocolate cake mixed with caramel and buttercream icing, covered with a milk chocolaty coating and and finished an additional white coating, a caramel drizzle, and a bit of sea salt.

Cake pops are sold at Starbucks for $1.50 each or two for $2.50.

While I can't say I could really pick out the caramel in the cake, the buttercream gives it a rich, moist denseness that feels more like a wonderfully-moist chocolate brownie than like cake.

Like the rest of their cake pops, the coating is fairly thick and sweet. There's a nice creamy chocolate flavor to it.

An additional white coating comes on top mimicking the milk foam on a latte (or mocha). It adds more sweetness and a bit of creaminess.

The small drizzle of caramel and sea salt on top seem to be the same stuff you'd find on a Salted Caramel Mocha. The caramel is liquid-y, buttery, and comes with an expected light, burnt sweetness. The caramel itself isn't salted, but the coating itself is flecked with just a touch of salt.

The overall effect of the extra coating and caramel causes Starbucks Salted Caramel Cake Pop to veer to the overly sweet side for me, but it is still pretty enjoyable as a portion-controlled serving of moist chocolate cake. I was expecting a little more salted caramel flavor then just the slight bit on top though.

Nutritional Info - Starbucks Salted Caramel Cake Pop (46g)
Calories - 180 (from Fat - 70)
Fat - 8g (Saturated Fat - 5g)
Sodium - 110mg
Carbs - 25g (Sugar - 20g)
Protein - 2g