What Not to Eat: Code Red Cake from California Pizza Kitchen

“A traditional favorite, frosted with vanilla bean cream cheese and white chocolate curls.” That’s how California Pizza Kitchen describes its Red Velvet Cake.

Like many items on CPK’s dessert menu, the cake is also available “+ Häagen-Dazs.” What a fabulous idea! Why settle for plain old cake, icing, and white chocolate when you can add 300 extra calories’ worth of super-premium ice cream?


You can always depend on California Pizza Kitchen for what its Web site calls “innovative cuisine with a signature twist that’s globally inspired yet distinctly California.” (Does the name Häagen-Dazs count as globally inspired for people who don’t know that it’s a made-up Scandinavian-sounding word?)

Nothing says California like a big piece of cake laced with red food dye. With a scoop of ice cream, it packs 1,090 calories and 31 grams of saturated fat (a 1½-day supply). Nearly half the calories come from white flour and sugar.

And few people go to the chain just for dessert. That means those 1,000+ calories will likely top off a 1,000-calorie pizza or a 1,000-calorie plate of pasta or (yes, it’s true) one of several 1,000-calorie salads.

That is just so California.

Tell California Pizza Kitchen what you think of their excessive dessert: (800) 275-8255.


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One Reply to “What Not to Eat: Code Red Cake from California Pizza Kitchen”

  1. 1090 calories?? These numbers are truly staggering.

    No wonder the average calorie consumption for adults has jumped about 500 calories during the last few decades. And rates of obesity and diabetes have skyrocketed.

    Keep telling it like it is, guys!

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