I apologize for the crappy iPhone photo. I wasn’t planning a cupcake adventure. It just happened at Bellevue Square just after I purchased some cotton-free socks for running. The nutritional information for the cupcakes isn’t available online, but I’m guessing it has the same number of calories as a Minibon, so I’d only have to run for 30 minutes to burn this off. (Just to make it clear, I am not that fit that I CAN run for 30 minutes. I can make it almost 30 seconds as of this post.)
Cinnabon has 4 different cupcakes to choose from: (stolen from their website)
- Cinnacake Classic: A tribute to our famous Classic Roll – moist, vanilla cake infused with Cinnabon’s Makara Cinnamon, topped with our signature cream cheese frosting and garnished with a caramel, Makara Cinnamon swirl.
- Chocolate Passion: If you like chocolate, you’ll love our moist, decadent chocolate cupcake topped with rich, chocolate buttercream frosting.
- Vanilla Bliss: Calling all cupcake purists: This moist, divinely vanilla cake topped with luscious, vanilla buttercream frosting is for you.
- 24-Carrot Cake: Picky about carrot cake? Try our gold-standard carrot cupcake! It’s perfectly spiced, has a hint of pineapple and coconut and is topped with our signature cream cheese frosting.
So…I didn’t really expect a lot from a mass produced cupcake. I assume that these are shipped to the Cinnabon shops I can’t imagine that all of the workers are trained to pipe these icings designs. The cake was moist and very dense. The texture was somewhere between a Cinnabon and cake. It was nicely cinnamon-y and I really liked it. However…the icing…oh, the icing….BLEH! I’m not sure if the “signature cream cheese frosting” is the same as the glaze on the cinnamon rolls. I don’t recall being repulsed by that…but, then, after I learned that a Cinnabon has about 1000 calories, I haven’t felt the need to indulge… I am also going to assume that if the cupcakes are shipped in from parts unknown that the icing is composed mainly of shortening. It tasted like shortening and sugar…also known as grocery store icing. I didn’t get any cream-cheese-tangyness and the cinnamon caramel swirl was slightly bitter. Needless to say, most of the icing went into the trash.
If in the mall area again…and hungry…I might try one of the other cupcakes. I’d give the Chocolate passion a try…maybe…