Last August we received a call from our good friend Kyra over at Crave Bake Shop here in Portland, Oregon. She desperately needed help getting a shipment of her preferred gluten free flours down to LA for an appearance on The Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. We were so excited for Kyra, but had to keep her participation on the show top secret until she was given clearance from The Food Network.
Kyra uses many of our flours in her decadent treats at Crave Bake Shop and we’ve been lucky enough to sample some of them from time to time. Not only is this the first baker we’ve personally known who has appeared on Cupcake Wars, but she was also their first gluten free contestant. We rushed to make sure she had each and every ingredient she needed on the set before filming began and then had to sit tight for FOUR MONTHS to find out how she did.
Kyra’s bakery was featured in the season premier, Tree Lighting, of Cupcake Wars in early December. She didn’t win, but she did make it into the final round. Win or lose, she performed admirably and left the judges craving more, which is no small feat for a gluten free cupcake. Having tasted her amazing creations, I wasn’t surprised to hear the praise- but I was surprised to hear how well they held up against their gluten containing rivals. Just goes to show you that gluten free can still taste pretty darn amazing.
You can find a few clips from the show on the Crave Bake Shop website. I couldn’t find a good source of the entire show online, so you’ll have to wait for it to air on the Food Network again. You can watch a clip of her making champagne cupcakes on a local news program here.
If you want to try her cupcakes yourself, visit her shop at www.cravebakeshop.com to place an online order. Trust us, it’s worth it!
We are so proud to be a part of Crave Bake Shop and the many other wonderful bakeries and restaurants around the country that use our products to create outstanding fare for their customers.