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Lake Oswego's Kyra Bussanich wins fourth 'Cupcake Wars' title
Owner of gluten-free bake shop concocts desserts with names like Raspberry Hibiscus Rose and Chocolate Caramel Curry Crush for Food Network's 'Ultimate Showdown Challenge'
Kyra Bussanich, the founder of Kyras Bake Shop in Lake Oswego, became the only four-time winner of the Food Networks Cupcake Wars on Monday night when she bested three other previous winners to conquer the Ultimate Showdown Challenge.
Bussanich created her signature gluten-free desserts in a stunning variety of flavors with a theme based on Cirque de Soleils show, Mystere. Her larger-than-life, gravity-defying display in the third and final round earned her cupcakes a spot at the center of an epic Las Vegas party and a $10,000 prize. Tim Smith, the artistic director for Mystere, was on hand to help crown the winner.
This win is extremely gratifying because I always feel such pressure on the show, Bussanich says, 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!
Bussanich says Kyras Bake Shop (599 A Ave. in Lake Oswego) will be offering the five winning flavors over the coming weeks so that her fans can taste the concoctions she baked for the judges. Each flavor will run for one week only, starting Tuesday (and continuing through May 10) 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.
And if you missed watching Bussanichs winning performance, fear not: The show is scheduled to be rebroadcast Tuesday and again Saturday on the Food Network; check your local cable provider for the correct time.