We’ve all had gluten-free food before. Crumbly cookies that stick to your tongue like cement. Flaky bread that tastes like anything but, well, bread. But Starbucks has hit gold with its new Valencia Orange Cake, now available at locations nationwide. This sweet, moist, rich cake hits your tongue with a blast of orange, and its zesty flavor sticks with you all the way down – no bitter or suspicious aftertastes. It’s even individually wrapped to prevent cross-contamination with other gluten-containing Starbucks pastries.

Our local Falls Church, VA Starbucks had only one left when we arrived at 1:00 pm on a Thursday afternoon. Kay, Annette and I each sampled it, and all agreed that it’s certainly one of the best pastries Starbucks offers. It’s sweet, with a taste and texture that’s far from that bitter, flaky consistency so many gluten-free foods seem to have. It even looked appealing – visibly moist and sticky inside its packaging, the orange and almonds gave it an outstanding appearance to go along with its superb flavor.

Kay was so taken with the product she went to another Starbucks later that evening to buy two more. Her barista told her the cake has definitely been a hit – it’s shipped to each Starbucks daily and always sells out by closing.

A Starbucks media representative told me via email that the cakes were the result of a huge customer feedback response. Gluten-free pastry was the number one request on MyStarbucksIdea.com, a site where customers share input about what Starbucks products they’d like to see next. Click here for a description on the site of how the cake is made, along with a few pictures.

What do you think of Starbucks’ new orange cake? Did you have any problems finding it? Did you enjoy it as much as we did? Let us know!