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Starbucks will offer gluten-free cake

Posted on April 19th, 2009 by Alison Read 5 Comments - Add Your Own »

starbuckslogo.jpgIt has finally happened! After people (like me!) voiced their opinions one year ago about the need for gluten-free offerings at Starbucks, a gluten-free cake is coming! It is also dairy and soy-free, but for those of you also allergic to nuts, watch out: it is made with almonds.

An announcement was made on the My Starbucks Idea blog 2 days ago. It said:

“Hi, it’s Erin on the Food team.  I am so excited today to share an update on our blog about Gluten-free offerings.  Starting May 5 we will be launching the Gluten-free Orange Valencia Cake with Almonds.  And even better you are among the first to know!  Who better to get the first scoop than you who helped make it happen?  This product was inspired by the passionate responses we heard from you on My Starbucks Idea.

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.”

Interesting ingredients… definitely not what I expected. I can’t wait to taste it. I assume that if they are offering one cake and one cake only, they have made sure it is really good. Don’t you think? I’ll try to sink my teeth in it on May 5 and find out! To read more about the gluten-free cake, go to the My Starbucks Idea blog.

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  1. Hi Alison,
    I thought you might be interested to know that Starbucks introduced the orange valencia cake quite some time ago in the UK. And yes, it’s very tasty but not as good as the chocolate chip brownie!
    So, get on their case….and ask if they can import the Mrs Crimbles range of cakes to the US, they are fab (and even tastier than their own brand!!)
    Keep up the good work, i’m from Glasgow and will be visiting San Francisco in the summer. I’ve found lots of great stuff on your site which will make my travels much easier!

  2. I tried the cake yesterday and it was delicious. Mmmm. I am just starting out gluten free and was very happy to discover this tasty little treat!!!!

  3. This is brings so much hope to so many hopeless. Does that sound a little “emotional”? Sorry. Just having it in the display case may help some people finally make the GF leap. They’ll probably say “Well, if Starbucks has something for me, I’ll probably be okay.”

  4. Way to go Starbucks and Alison….MIL

  5. I’ve tried it, as well, and it IS good. I’m not always a huge Starbucks fan, but I’m more inclined to support them now that they have a GFCF treat. Hopefully if enough people support it, they will keep it and maybe even expand to new ones (like a GFCF brownie – yum).

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