How Many Calories Are in Your Cupcake?

By EatingWell Editors, "Show Me the Numbers! ,"May/June 2010

A nutritional comparison of EatingWell cupcakes vs. bakery and cake mix cupcakes.

Show me the numbers! Here’s “what you get” in the EatingWell Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Frosting compared to a traditional bakery cupcake and a cupcake made from a typical store-bought cake mix and frosting:

EatingWell Cupcake

Calories: 295
Total Fat: 8 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
What you get: An ingredient list you can pronounce and half as much added sugar as the bakery cupcake.

Bakery Cupcake

Calories: 585
Total Fat: 20 g
Saturated Fat: 12 g
What you get: Just one of these contains more than half the recommended daily saturated-fat limit.

Store-Bought Cake Mix & Frosting

Calories: 298
Total Fat: 14 g
Saturated Fat: 5 g
What you get: Most cake mixes and frostings contain artificial flavors, artificial colors and trans fats too.

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