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Gluten-free Victory in Food Network's 'Cupcake Wars'

Celiac.com 02/29/2012 - Gluten-free confections created by a baker from Lake Oswego, Oregon, topped the competition on the latest installment of the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars." Boston Cream Pie cupcakes

The winning gluten-free cupcakes were the work of Kyra Bussanich, 33, who opened Crave Bake Shop at 460 Fifth Street, in downtown Lake Oswego, in mid-2011.

No stranger to the competition, Bussanich finished as first runner-up on the program last year. That was good enough to earn her place as one of four pastry chefs invited back to the televised cupcake competition.

Bussanich, is the first gluten-free baker to win the show's top spot, producers told her. She is also the only Pacific Northwest resident to win the competition.

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The show's theme celebrated the 100th Episode of the TNT television series, "The Closer," starring Kyra Sedgwick. Bussanich responded with intricately decorated, coffee and doughnut-themed cupcakes to honor the cop drama.

As a part of her $10,000 prize, Bussanich and her assistant Jackie Eizik, catered a party for Sedgwick and other cast and crew from "The Closer." Bussanich says that her victory in "Cupcake Wars" provides a stage not only for her online shop, but for gluten-free foods in general. She herself doesn't tolerate the wheat and other proteins so central to most baked goods, she rejects the idea that being gluten-free means eating blandly. "Gluten-free can be divine," she says.

"Cupcake Wars" will appear in the coming weeks on the Food Network.

Read: Kyra Bussanich's winning recipe for Boston Cream Pie cupcakes from Food Network's The Closer 100th Episode.

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Kyra Bussanich will be competing tonight/this week in Cupcake Wars Championships against other selected previous winners. Again, she is the only dedicated gluten-free baker to do so.




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