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Whoa There Cupcake!

Leave it to YumSugar to put cupcakes on my brain once again. Did you know she bakes cupcakes and brings them in for the office to sample? Ah, I digress... However she did recently point out a rather interesting report from NPR and the Diet Detective himself, Charles Stewart Platkin, on cupcakes.

Platkin believes that while cupcakes are incredibly delicious, we are not fully aware of their wrath - calorie wise. He took on NYC's finest bakeries, Magnolia (yum) and Crumbs (double yum) and put them against notable grocery heavyweight Hostess. Here are his findings:

The Crumbs vanilla cupcake (left) has 780 calories and nearly 36 grams of fat. Magnolia's comparatively dainty version has 389 calories and nearly 19 grams of fat.

OK, so what about when compared to Hostess? To find out,

When is eating a Hostess cupcake going "light"? When you compare it with the Crumbs version (left), which has 542 calories and 25 grams of fat. The original has 181 calories and 6 grams of fat.


tizinu tizinu 10 years
I actually prefer just making cupcakes at home because you can control the serving portion a lot more and because making everything from scratch and handbeating the ingredients makes it a little less evil. At least for the baker. This being said, buttercream from scratch can be a helluva workout but it's worth the work: licking butter cream from a spoon is sinfully good.
littletrackbabe littletrackbabe 10 years
big cupcake with a lotta frosting...kinda gross
BethS BethS 10 years
Awww man, I want a cupcake now! I don't really care about the calories, I feel, if you're going to treat yourself, just go all out (make it worthwhile)! But not too often :)
SU3 SU3 10 years
BIG cupcake!
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
amandaaa amandaaa 10 years
um omg i just realized the tank top i'm wearing is COVERED in little mini cupcakes! (printed, not real ones!)
amandaaa amandaaa 10 years
ohhh cupcakes...i love the frosting, with just a little bit of cake.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
It's a good thing I don't like cup cakes!
Food Food 10 years
the saddest part was that i found that article minutes after I had devoured a cupcake...
mollipop mollipop 10 years
The Crumbs cupcakes look gigantic! I'll stick to making my own cupcakes.
smarler smarler 10 years
I love cupcakes, but geez, these are horrible for my lifestyle.
sportsaholic21 sportsaholic21 10 years
Now I am totally hungry for cupcakes!
DCStar DCStar 10 years
OH I adore cupcakes!
blonde666 blonde666 10 years
Just in time for my birthday. Thanks. Thanks alot.
cgmaetc cgmaetc 10 years
If you are calorie counting, it's best to eat the Hostess because the nutritional content is listed on the package. You could ask the bakery for their nutritional content, but I doubt they even have a clue.
optikangel optikangel 10 years
Crumbs cupcakes are great - they look so much better than the photo above (and they taste great too). Crumbs, Sprinkles, Buttercup, Magnolia - I love them all!
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
But bakery cupcakes are so delicious! Argh. ;)
jhuck jhuck 10 years
But I'm a sucker for sprinkles!
llendril llendril 10 years
ha ha. my friends and i had a taste test with cupcakes once. it was between a 'sprinkles' cupcake (red velvet, of course), a pillsbury cupcake baked at home, and a hostess cupcake. hostess scored quite low on taste, unfortunately. and texture. lol. it got very low scores in the texture category . . . (p.s. the pillsbury won)
rachelattack rachelattack 10 years
Yeah, I'm always a bit weary of treats like cupcakes. It's so easy to forget that you're having a pretty hefty snack when it's so pretty... it's like a minature cake right? How can anything miniature be bad? Oh, if only the world worked MY way...
vinnie vinnie 10 years
but isn't the Hostess cupcake filled with preservatives? They just don't taste fresh because they're designed to sit on the shelf for a week or two.
sparkle9152 sparkle9152 10 years
why do the Crumbs cupcakes look so horrible?
Moni-B Moni-B 10 years
Wow, so maybe next time I ever consider eating a Hostess cupcake I might even take it up.
katiedid0985 katiedid0985 10 years
Wow the Hostess one doesn't sound so terrible after that...
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