Starbucks lovers, rejoice! The famous Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino is back as of today, April 28. Now, for caffeine addicts like myself, the important question is: Does the Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino contain coffee? Because, to be fair, wondering if something contains caffeine is usually my first thought upon seeing any food or liquid in the morning, as I'm basically a zombie without it. The Birthday Cake Frappuccino returns on April 28 in honor of the Frappuccino's 21st birthday and will be available through May 2, giving us about five days to enjoy this fan favorite again.
For people who are not coffee addicts, the more interesting question is probably: What's in the Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino? The Frapp is made with a blend of vanilla bean and hazelnut flavors, which combine to taste like birthday cake (and who doesn't love birthday cake?). Then, baristas are kind enough to top it with pink whipped cream, which gives you a delicious sugar boost as well as making your drink extra pretty for Instagram. And yes, when you Instagram your Frapp, you can even use the Starbucks emoji keyboard to find the perfect Frappuccino emoji to post in your caption.
So, OK, back to the initial question: No, the Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino does not contain coffee or caffeine; just like the other creme Frappuccino flavors, the base for this one is totally coffee- and caffeine-free. But, this is Starbucks we're talking about here, so you can always customize your drink to your own specifications. That means you could definitely ask your barista to add an espresso shot or what have you to the mix. Be warned that it might dampen the birthday cake flavor a little bit; even so, though, dreans come true, right? And hey, if you keep the drink in its natural, decaffeinated state, you can grab it in the late afternoon without worrying about keeping yourself up all night from the extra caffeine boost.
If you're looking for a Frappuccino that automatically comes with caffeine, Starbucks brought back their much loved S'mores Frappuccino earlier this month, which should get the job done without a customization. Or hey, you can order both drinks and enter a cold, sugary bliss. In terms of cost, it'll range based on your location, but the average Tall, 12-ounce Starbucks Birthday Cake Frappuccino will cost you between $4.25 and $4.95. Which, to me, is not a bad way to celebrate your — er, I mean Frappuccinos' — birthday week. Am I right?
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