When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or, if you’re Kyra Bussanich, make cupcakes. Bussanich, founder of Kyra’s Bake Shop and author of Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle, was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder at the age of 20 that left her unable to eat many of her favorite foods. Disappointed with her gluten-free pastry options, Bussanich took matters into her own hands: she attended Le Cordon Bleu's patisserie program and opened her own gluten-free bakery.
Now, Kyra’s Bake Shop is a three-time winner of the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” and the Lake Oswego-based bakery was the only gluten-free operation in each competition, winning with flavors like Spicy Peach Bellini and Key Lime Pie.
Fans of Bussanich's cupcakes and other treats now have a 3200-square-foot destination to appease their sweet cravings. A major upgrade from the previous location's 750 square feet, the bright new spot features a fresh look—with a rebranded gold logo, boysenberry-hued walls, and windows peeking into the bakery's kitchen and cake decorating station (perfect for curious kids of all ages). Outside, a full patio is in the works to offer even more seating.
Another upgrade? A full menu of sandwiches, panini, savory tarts and quiches, antipasto platters, soups, and salads in addition to her usual line-up of cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, crumble bars, ice cream sandwiches, mini-pies, and Paleo chocolate chip cookies. On the liquid side of things, those lingering guests can settle in with full espresso service (with housemade syrups), kombucha, hot autumn cocktails, mimosas, gluten-free beer from Ground Breaker, Two Towns cider, and local wine.
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Kyra's Bake Shop
599 A Avenue in Lake Oswego