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America's cupcake queen now an author

Kyra Bussanich plans Tuesday signing for nongluten-baking book


'Sweet Cravings' may be the book that gets people across the country to try nongluten baking.Kyra Bussanich used a combination of delicious nongluten ingredients and glamour to become the cupcake queen of America.

Now, Bussanich is branching out by becoming an author with her new book, "Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-free Lifestyle."

These recipes (triple berry cobbler, chiffon pie, incredible cupcakes, etc.) look so delicious that they will seduce even people who need not fear gluten in their diets. Bussanich believes she will have something new to offer when she holds one of her first book signings from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Oilerie, at 438 First St. in Lake Oswego.Kyra Bussanich is known nationally for her bake shop's gluten-free cupcakes, but her baking prowess extends far beyond pastries.

"Gluten-free baking can be very intimidating to newcomers," Bussanich said. "My book has been designed to show what are the easy, intermediate and advanced recipes. I don't want people to get discouraged and give up."

The book will also give away one of Bussanich's secrets involving ingredients.

"Each of my products has a distinct texture," she said, "so I use different blends."

The idea for this book has been simmering for quite a while. Four years ago a publisher approached Bussanich with the idea after being impressed by an interview she gave to a magazine. In the meantime, Bussanich's profile as a master of nongluten baking soared as she twice won the "Cupcake Wars" held on the Food Network. She won flocks of cupcake fans with her great cupcakes, good looks and vivacious personality. She received rave reviews for her baking technique and flawless execution. She converted many diners who thought only baked goods filled with gluten could taste so good.

Packing these credentials, Bussanich's new tome is sure to attract the attention of bakers everywhere.

Her book promotion tour schedule is still far from complete, but she is already scheduled for appearances in Seattle, Chicago and Dallas.

For more about Kyra Bussanich's new book, go to her website at kyrasbakeshop.com. "Sweet Cravings" can be pre-ordered on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Indiebooks, Google Books, and iBookstore.

Kyra's Bake Shop is located at 460 Fifth St. in Lake Oswego.



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