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Friday, July 17, 2009

Please Help Bring Gluten-Free Cake Back to Starbucks

A few months ago, I first heard that Starbucks was going to *finally* offer a gluten-free option for those with gluten intolerance. They created a moist orange cake that was individually wrapped and available behind the counters at at all stores (or at least all of the stores that I went in to).

They have decided to discontinue this cake. I don't know what the plans are----if they're tweaking the recipe to make it taste better (quite honestly, it had a bit too much orange zest for my liking), or if they are discontinuing it all together due to lack of sales.

If the lack of sales is a problem, there is a simple solution. Keep some in the freezer, ready to go for your customers! That's what gluten-free people do, anyhow. My freezer is stocked with bakery goods ready to go.

If you can, please take the time to include your name on this petition, started by Triumph Dining Cards to show your support in bringing back a gluten-free option for Starbucks patrons. The goal is to get more than 5k signatures, which is pretty-low ball to me. I say we go for 25k. Please click over from your feedburner and sign. You will need to enter your email address, and then confirm your "signature" in an automatic email. There is an option where your name will not be shared that you can check.

Thank you so much, each and every one of you, for your help and your support. There is nothing more devastating than to be starving and not have ONE thing to eat in an entire coffee house. I burst into tears when I brought my 4-year-old her first Starbucks cake, all wrapped up, and she got so excited that she could eat it, she jumped up and down. Eating a snack shouldn't be so hard.

Bring Back the Gluten-Free Coffee Cake petition.

If you have a blog or your own website or email/twitter list, please repost this if you can, to help get the word out.

for further reading: Please Bring Back Gluten-Free Cake to Starbucks, or perhaps maybe something allergen-free?, BlogHer.com

xoxo steph
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35 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm not gluten-free, nor do I ever go to Starbucks, but I signed the petition anyways. You've brought so much yummyness into my life with your wonderful recipes, I thought it was a good way to give some of the yummyness back.

Christy said...

I didn't love the cake, but it was nice that they had a gluten free option there! I've read that they are going to start carrying a gluten free fruit & nut bar as a GF alternative for all their pastries, but I can't remember off the top of my head which one.

*shrug*

Still, I'll sign.

Katie said...

On Starbucks' twitter feed yesterday, someone asked about the disappearance and whoever is manning the twitter account responded that it was going to be replaced. I guess they had a bunch of complaints that it was too sweet, so they made it seasonal. The tweet wasn't too explicit, so I don't know if the replacement will be gluten-free, but it was certainly implied.

Stephanie O'Dea said...

thanks, Anon, I really appreciate that.

Christy, I didn't love it either. I like the nuts that they have available, but since nuts are such a huge allergen, I'm surprised that they are leaning that way. Thank you for signing.

Katie, that's good to hear! I think it was too sweet, also. How about a good ol' crumb cake? Everybody likes crumb cake.

xoxo steph

bttrflybabydoll said...

http://www.examiner.com/x-14990-Dallas-Healthy-Food-Examiner~y2009m7d17-Free-pastry-at-Starbucks-on-July-21-2009

Check out this link Stephanie. It says your cake is included in this offer. Looks like it will be available.

SandyQuilts said...

That's probably because Starbucks is going to go into another direction .... getting rid of their signature and serve alcohol.

I don't go to Starbucks ... can't stand their coffee. Maybe you can get the recipe. Good Luck.

EmilyCC said...

My son has dairy, egg and peanut allergies, but I signed. Any resturant that works to help people who have medical issues around food deserves to be recognized for their efforts (and called out when they decide not to put forth the effort).

Amo said...

I didn't realize you were gluten-free! Are all your slow-cooker recipes gluten-free? I have celiac and the Starbucks option was nice. It is hard to find gf muffins and pastries that I don't have to make myself at home.

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

Starbucks coffee is awful. For you Steph, I've gladly done my duty. And you're correct, it shouldn't be that hard, especially for a 4 year old.

Sue, Rochester, NY xoxo

Kristina said...

Betty Crocker has gluten-free cake mixes now. My husband's aunt and cousins have a gluten intolerance as well.

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hi Kristina,

I KNOW!!!! I'm absolutely thrilled. They haven't made it to our neighborhood stores yet, but I can't wait.

xoxo steph

Anonymous said...

I signed the petition to help you out, because I love your recipes and know that you are a kind and wonderful woman. I did kind of take offense at your wording, though . . . I am not sure I agree that there is "NOTHING more devastating" than not finding a gluten-free option in a coffee shop. I understand that allergies can be horrible limiting and isolating, especially for young children, but I think that statement was a tad hyperbolic.

Stephanie O'Dea said...

anon, you're right. I tend to have a bit of the drama in me. :-)
--steph

Anonymous said...

As a former barista, I can tell you that no Starbucks stores have freezers and no store I ever worked in ever had a microwave. The freezer idea is great, in theory. I signed the petition, though!

karen said...

Ugh! There's a Starbucks kitty-corner from the hotel I work at and while I detest their coffee (I'm a Dunkin Donuts girl) my 3 year old son & I were quite fond of the cakes as an occasional treat for me to grab on the way home. I'll have to stop by this morning and see if they have any left ...

Susan said...

As far as I know, the gluten-free cake is being replaced by a fruit and nut bar. A bar. Seriously, what gluten-free person doesn't already eat some kind of bar on a regular basis? It's certainly not a "treat" that I would buy in a coffee shop. So I signed the petition and commented over at MyStarbucksIdeas.com.

Catie said...

I signed the petition - I was wondering where (if anywhere) we could see the tally of the number of signatures.

LenaLoo said...

Signed :)

Anonymous said...

We never got to try the Starbucks cake. Every Starbucks I walked into never had it in stock, so I assumed it was insanely popular.

I went back into one about a week ago and was told it was discontinued because it didn't sell.

If it didn't sell how come they were always out of stock?!?

B. Keefer said...

Gluten free and sugar free?

That would be perfect for us diabetics. It is nearly impossible to find something along the lines of a pastry when you are diabetic. Sad really.

I never go to Starbucks anymore but I signed it for you.

Neil said...

I agree with you. Even if it is not the biggest profit-making choice for them, I think it goes a long way to catering to their customers who want it.

Cinde said...

Thanks for the link to the petition Stephanie! I signed it and posted the link for my readers on my Gluten Free Taste of Home recipe website.

Martine said...

Where I live in Canada we never had the Orange Cake. We used to have a gluten free mini cheese cake that was quite good. Unfortunately they removed that and never replaced it with another gluten free treat. I signed the petion.

Anonymous said...

I signed the petition, my husband has life-threatening nut and chocolate allergies, so we know how it feels to not be able to enjoy a treat,pretty much anywhere you go. (Everything has chocolate and nuts in it at these kinds of places!) Chances are, our daughter has these,or similar allergies,as well, and it would be nice to see more treats catered towards people with allergies so that they too, can enjoy some of those little pleasures in life without having to worry about breaking out the epi-pen.

Trish said...

I signed the petition. I was in the there this morning, though, and they had a whole tray full of them in the bakery case. Looks like it's not gone from this part of the country, at least. (Houston, TX.)

hutchbec said...

I wonder if they're testing it out regionally, too? We literally just got the gluten free orange cake in Seattle w/in the last month - and it was sitting in the case this morning when I got some tea.

Our Starbucks' definitely have freezers and if not a microwave, a convection oven or something they use to heat up the sandwiches.

CMKathie said...

My Starbucks had the Valencia Orange Cake. My friend was with me and has celiac, so I bought her the little cake. She liked it. My Starbucks had LOTS of them in their freezer. Canonsburg, PA

Passport Foodie said...

A noble cause.

Well done.

I'll sign that proudly.

Passport Foodie

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Cindy said...

awww, I really liked how orangy-y that cake was! Sweet yes, but went well with expresso. mmmmmm. I hope the new version is even better. I am happy they took out corn syrup and artificial flavoring from their stuff...I can get something for my kids and not have that little voice in my ear nagging quite so loud when I get my occasional coffee indulgence.

on another gluten free in the mainstream note....
*shouts in joy*
BETTY CROCKER HAS GF MIXES NOW!

http://www.bettycrocker.com/products/gluten-free/gluten-free.htm

ok, sorry for shouting, but after going to the store and seeing them I was so excited I wanted ot share with someone else who cooks GF. Other then my husband. none of my friends are gf....

So I thought of you. :) I'm not sure I wanna dish out the $5 per box for it, but ina pinch when I don't want to go across town to get more pamelas mix when I run out before my amazon sub kicks in its a good back up at a regular supermarket.

Katy said...

Will sign the petition. I am also the mother of a GF kid (nearly 5 yrs old). We have a local pizza place that makes GF pizza. The first time we went there I cried, so I understand how you feel.

BTW, if you call General Mills they are giving out coupons to try the new GF cake mixes for free.

Katrina said...

so! I work for starbucks aannnd here's the deal: it really depends on where you live, if the orange sponge cake is available. It was a test item. In 2007 Starbucks introduced the ovens, and some stores they were a hit and others not so much. I was soo excited because I suffer from the Celiac's and HATE IT. so they are hopefully going to replace it with something just as delicious and maybe not so dry (ahem, anyone from starbucks listening??) after Christmas. The best thing you could do is try and go on the website and send in a customer service thingy .... not really sure how that works. believe me though if you tell your friendly neighborhood barista they will be more than happy to pass the information along to the higher ups. especially if that barista happens to be me :D

thanks
Kate

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Katrina, this was super helpful, thank you!
I'd love a flourless brownie. mmm.

xoxo steph

Anonymous said...

I'd love to see it go completely nut free (I wish this of all places). You would think these places would catch on by now.

Theresa said...

We never even found a store that carried it. :-( I am excited to see that they're carrying Lucy's cookies now. My daughter loves them.

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