Here is Another Dessert to Definitely Stay Away From

“Trust us. Just try it,” says the California Pizza Kitchen menu. CPK must figure that customers need a bit of tempting, because its Butter Cake doesn’t sound as indulgent as the chain’s tiramisu, red velvet cake, or other desserts.

And it doesn’t look like much more than a cream-filled doughnut nestled in whipped cream (and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you order it “à la Häagen-Dazs”).

Aren’t you in for a surprise.


Even without the ice cream, you’re talking 1,100 calories, 45 grams of saturated fat (more than two days’ worth), and 15 teaspoons of added sugar (what you’d get from drinking 1½ cans of soda). That’s worse than every other dessert on CPK’s menu, including the Belgian Chocolate Soufflé Cake, complete with “triple-thick hot fudge and vanilla bean sauce.”

If you order the Butter Cake with the Häagen-Dazs—it sits atop the cake’s thin layer of cheesecake—get your fat cells and artery walls ready to house 1,380 calories, 56 grams of saturated fat, and, we estimate, 19½ teaspoons of added sugar. It’s like eating an entire (four-serving) box of Sara Lee All Butter Pound Cake slathered with eight pats of butter.

Of course, your cells are probably already scrambling to make room for the 1,000-plus calories that recently arrived via your CPK pasta or pizza or main-dish salad.

“Just try it”? Just don’t.

Tell California Pizza Kitchen what you think of their fat- and sugar-filled dessert: (800) 919-3227 or visit

CPK Butter Cake

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