Peanut butter ganache cake – Starbucks

Peanut butter ganache cake - Starbucks
₩5,000
Starbucks, San Francisco CA

Yet another example of how United States Starbucks desserts really suck compared to their foreign stores. We don’t get any cool cakes like this back in the States. The barista had attitude though! They need to train them better in Seoul.

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Caramelized apple cake – Starbucks

Caramelized apple cake - Starbucks
Traditional pound cake with caramelized apples and brown sugar. $2.45
Starbucks, San Francisco CA

Caramelized apple cake - Starbucks
As far was “American” Starbucks pastries go, this was actually ok. It’s not the best cake ever, but it was at least moist and didn’t taste like cardboard (like most of the crap the pass off as pastries).

California poppy
California poppy (Eschscholzia californica, Papaveraceae), Bon Tempe Lake.

Mango madness cake – Starbucks

Mango madness cake - Starbucks
I couldn’t find a description of this dessert on the Starbucks Philippines website, but I would describe it as a soft whipped cheesecake layered with buttery golden graham cracker crusts, topped with mango slices, whipped cream, and decorative white chocolate. Yet another example of how Starbucks shafts their American customers with crappy food options! 140 PHP
Starbucks, Tagaytay PHILIPPINES

Starbucks, Tagaytay
This is probably the most beautiful Starbucks location I’ve been to yet. The store is literally built into the side of a cliff overlooking Taal lake and volcano!

Starbucks, Tagaytay
Looking from inside the Starbucks down to their fire pit area over looking Taal Lake.

Frosted snowman cookie – Starbucks

Frosted snowman cookie - Starbucks
Hand-decorated shortbread cookie topped with white chocolate icing and a milk chocolate hat. $2.25
Starbucks, San Bruno CA

Merry Christmas everyone! I’m stuck at work today, but I hope that everyone has a wonderful day with family and friends. Remember, it’s not the gifts under the tree that makes this holiday special. It’s the quality time spent with loved ones. I can’t wait to get off work so that I too can share in the holiday festivities. Be safe and be merry! 🙂

Yellow mariposa lily
Yellow mariposa lily (Calochortus luteus, Liliaceae), Bon Tempe Lake.

Pumpkin cream cheese loaf cake – Starbucks

Pumpkin cream cheese loaf cake - Starbucks
Pumpkin cream cheese in a classic, reduced-fat coffee cake recipe. $2.79
Starbucks, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

I’m still disappointed with Starbucks pastries even though they’re now “made” by La Boulange. They still look sickly and inferior in the display case. Why do Starbucks stores in other countries serve such better quality bakery items?! I mean, Starbucks originated in the US. Why should be punished with these horrible products? 😦

Whale tail
Whale tail made of rope, Terminal 3.

Blueberry streusel muffin – Starbucks

Blueberry streusel muffin - Starbucks

I think the bakery items at Starbucks taste like crap (at least at the U.S. stores), but if it’s the only coffee shop open at a small airport when it’s really early in the morning, I’m not past buying one. I swear these muffins have no flavor and taste like cardboard so you really need the coffee to help wash it down.. $2.59
Starbucks, Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)

Bighorn sheep statue

Bighorn sheep statue with oasis theme, PSP Airport.