Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hooray For Starbucks!

Have you tried Starbucks Gluten-Free Orange Valencia Cake? If not, I suggest you run to the nearest Starbucks (no excuses - there is one on every corner) and try it now!

Of course, the first thing that I did yesterday morning was go to my local Starbucks in search of this new product. There it was
sitting by itself on a raised tray with a sign that read, Gluten- Free Orange Valencia Cake. With the exception of the display cake, the others were all sealed in plastic wrap to protect them from cross-contamination!

I must say I've been waiting for Starbucks to release gluten free products ever since they teased the NYC market with gluten free brownies two years ago and promised to sell gluten free products in the near future. However, I would have preferred if they released a product that was more mainstream (in my opinion, at least) like something containing chocolate (my favorite!), as I'm not a huge fan of oranges with the exception of in juice form.

That being said, I really did enjoy the Orange Valencia Cake. Thankfully, the orange flavor was subtle and not overwhelming. The cake was sweet and moist and soft and much larger than I expected. One was definitely filling enough for my breakfast.

For those of you who are dairy free too, you are in luck because this cake is dairy free. The ingredients include:

*Whole Eggs
*Valencia Orange Pulp *Almonds
*Sugar *Orange Peel
*Gluten Free Baking Powder (Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, and Rice Flour)
*Orange Oil

The nutritious value of this gluten free treat has its pluses and min
uses. On the plus side, it contains 9 grams of protein and 30% your daily value of Vitamin C. On the minus side, it contains 290 calories, 16 grams of fat and 23 grams of sugar.

Here is the complete nutrition information, which can be found on the plastic wrap:

Calories: 290

Calories from fat: 140
Fat: 16 grams
Sat. Fat: 2 grams
Trans. Fat: 0
Cholesterol: 125 mg
Sodium: 40 mg
Carbohydrates: 32 grams
Dietary Fiber: 4 grams
Sugar: 23 grams

Protein: 9 grams
Vitamin A: 4%
Vitamin C: 30%
Calcium: 10%
Iron: 8%

Starbucks Gluten-Free Orange Valencia Cake retails for $1.95 throughout the United States with the exception of Hawaii where it sells for $2.25.

Thank you Starbucks!!!


  1. I'm so jealous!!! It's probably going to be FOREVER until they release that in Canada, even though I think that the gluten-free products from their chain is LONGGGG overdue!

  2. I could not believe it either, that they won't bring that cake to Canada at the same time. NAFTA?

    So we went ahead and made our own!