Gluten Free Cake at Starbucks – An Exclusive Preview

Gluten Free Cake at Starbucks

Your eyes are not deceiving you – that is gluten-free cake at Starbucks!  While the national launch doesn’t hit stores until May 5, 2009, employees are getting a preview this week.  The Starbucks blog gives more information:

“The Orange Valencia Cake is a delicious moist citrus cake bursting with Valencia oranges and topped with crunchy almonds.  Not only is it gluten-free, it is also prepared with 7 simple ingredients: Whole Eggs, Valencia Orange Pulp, Almonds, Sugar, Orange Peel, Gluten Free Baking Powder, and Orange Oil.  Plus it delivers 30% of your daily value of vitamin C.

Keep on the look out for it in the pastry case with a sign that says “gluten-free.”  A single cake will be displayed unwrapped so you can see it clearly, but don’t worry.   They all come individually packaged to prevent cross contamination.  And with the ingredient list right on the package, it’s easy to see exactly what you are eating.  Whether you are gluten-sensitive or not, this product is delicious and satisfying and I hope you will all enjoy it soon.”

You can see in the out of focus cell-phone photo that each cake IS “wrapped for gluten-free goodness.”  Each cake is about the diameter of a baseball and is considered a “single-serving” [Nutritional info: Calories – 290, Fat – 16g, Carbs 52g (23g sugar), Protein 9g]

What a wonderful change – to have access to gluten-free food across the country without fear of cross-contamination.

And the best news?  My source on the inside says it tastes good – sweet and a little bit like orange but not overwhelming so.  It’s very moist and doesn’t crumble like many gluten-free cakes. She’s a gluten-glutton and gives it a thumbs up!  I should have one of my own to taste later this week.  Any one in the test market get to try it yet?

Let’s hope it’s such a smashing success that Starbucks and other chains continue to add gluten-free options to their menus!

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H.Peter said,

April 27, 2009 @ 12:28 pm

Excellent. Any idea who is making it for Starbucks?

I will put up a link to your post.

Kim Bouldin said,

April 27, 2009 @ 12:28 pm

So excited about this!! Can’t wait to try it!

Gina said,

April 27, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

Wow! It actually looks like it will taste good. I was sceptical at first but now I will be eager to try it. Thanks for the preview!

Lauren said,

April 27, 2009 @ 11:29 pm

Ooo, I’m so excited for this to come =D!!

ana said,

April 29, 2009 @ 7:10 pm

they’ve carried this in london for awhile (along with other gf treats!) glad to hear that the us is finally catching up! I tried it there and it’s great!

Allie said,

April 30, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

yay! exciting!! thanks for posting….

karen said,

May 4, 2009 @ 9:28 am

I first read about these a couple of weeks ago when we came to the decision to switch our little guy over to GF. We have a Starbucks across the street from the hotel I work at and I’ve been stalking them ever since! On my way into work tonight one of the emps called me over to tell me that they had already stashed some to one side for me so I’ll be able to nab them Tuesday :)

Sara said,

May 11, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

I’m disappointed – we have had this cake in the UK for a while now but it has just been replaced with non-gf donuts!! :( I wrote a letter to Starbucks but I just got a standard reply about them needing to rotate their cake menu. Sigh.

Sylvia said,

December 14, 2009 @ 2:48 am

Yeah for Starbucks! What other companies offer GF items? I wish there was an alternative at every restaurant, but I know if I made a fuss about it that others would too…
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