Food Network Challenge


The Food Network recently hosted a special one-off invitation-only episode of the hit show “Cupcake Wars” called the “Ultimate Showdown Challenge” in order to crown a previous winner champion. In the only new “Cupcake Wars” episode produced in over a year, the show invited four previous winners to compete with their most creative, dazzling, and over-the-top cupcakes ever seen.

Kyra Bussanich, founder of Kyra's Bake Shop, wowed the judges for the win. This is especially unique because Bussanich bakes exclusively gluten-free and is the only four-time winner in the history of the show.

“This win is extremely gratifying because I always feel such pressure on the show, not only to bake well and represent my shop, but to also knock it out of the park and represent all of us out there who are gluten-intolerant,” says Bussanich.

Kyra’s Bake Shop will be offering the five winning flavors in its Lake Oswego, Oregon, bake shop over the course of the coming weeks, so fans can taste the concoctions she baked for the judges. Each flavor will run for one week only, starting with the Chocolate Cardamom Orange Hazelnut Goat Cheese cupcake. The Coconut Pineapple Rum, Raspberry Hibiscus Rose, Chocolate Caramel Curry Crush, and Cherry Balsamic Black Pepper cupcakes will follow.

Kyra’s Bake Shop is an exclusively gluten-free gourmet bakery and cafe located in downtown Lake Oswego, specializing in delicious pastries, such as cupcakes, custom celebration cakes, cinnamon rolls, pies, soups, salads and sandwiches.