Sep 4, 2013

Review: Starbucks - Caramelized Apple Cake

Starbucks' Caramelized Apple Cake is part of the new La Boulange bakery line (a bakery chain they bought up last year) that they're in the process of rolling out to their stores. It features a traditional pound cake with caramelized Washington apples (New York apples in some markets) and brown sugar.

I picked one up from a Starbucks location that had just started serving baked goods from La Boulange (complete with pink and white balloons and tableclothes) for $2.45.

From what I observed, the La Boulange bakery items come in sealed plastic wrappers and are all served warm from a Turbo Chef oven.

The cake handed to me was fairly hot and pretty small (I would call it a snack-sized portion; it's probably about the same size as a Hostess cupcake).

There wasn't much in the way of a caramelized flavor, but perhaps that was because the soft cubes of apples were so very tart. I didn't really detect much brown sugar either. There was a hint of cinnamon though.

The crumb of the cake was very similar to corn bread but very moist and moderately buttery. It was also soft from crust to crumb.

Overall, Starbucks' Caramelized Apple Cake was still pretty good to eat but tasted more like just plain "Apple Cake" and lack any strong caramelized feature.

Nutritional Info - Starbucks Caramelized Apple Cake (99g)
Calories - 270 (from Fat - 120)
Fat - 13g (Saturated Fat - 7g)
Sodium - 75mg
Carbs - 35g (Sugar - 24g)
Protein - 3g

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