April 21, 2014

Cupcake Wars Champion Cupcake Review

Another cupcake review?! Yep. Don't worry, I haven't turned into a cupcake review only blog.  April being my birth-month I'm on a cupcake kick.  I've been meaning to try all these places out and what better time than April.

In researching cupcake shops in my area I came across one that the owner had been on Cupcake Wars.  Well of course I HAD to check out this shop.  Located in Lake Oswego, Kyra's is a 100% gluten -free bakery and was the only gluten-free three time winner on Cupcake Wars.  So exciting! You can read about Kyra's story of why she opened a gluten-free bakery here

When I walked into Kyra's the place was busy.  Everyone there that morning wanted the cinnamon rolls.  The smell of the cinnamon rolls filled the air and it was such a wonderful smell. I was tempted to get a cinnamon roll but I was there for cupcakes. I'll definitely be going back for a cinnamon roll. 
I picked up three cupcakes. One for my husband and two for me :) Bunny Hop for my husband and Birthday Cake and Raspberry Lemonade for me.
Jasper wanted to help with the taste testing.
I got the Bunny Hop for my husband because he likes carrot cake. The Bunny Hop is carrot spice cake with cream cheese frosting.  He liked the cupcake and said there was real chunks of carrot in it. A pleasant surprise. I didn't tell him it was gluten free.   As for the frosting, he said it was too much.  Keep in mind my husband is not much of a frosting guy.
I thought the Birthday Cake cupcake was fitting since it's my birth-month.  The cake had a mild vanilla flavor and had a little bit of a mealy texture.  I'm assuming this is because it's gluten-free.  The cake was lighter than the other bakery where I tried gluten-free cupcakes. The frosting was very smooth but a little bland in flavor.  Vanilla cupcakes have never been my favorite because I've always found them a little lacking in flavor. However, if you're a vanilla cupcake lover I think you would like these cupcakes.
I saved the Raspberry Lemonade cupcake for last.  I thought this one would be more flavorful than the Birthday Cake one and I was right.  The texture of this one was mealy too but had a nice lemon flavor.  The mealy texture didn't take away from the lightness of the cake and the flavor.  The frosting on this one was smooth and bursting with flavor.  I really liked this cupcake.
There are so many other great sounding flavors on their menu that I'd like to try. I think this Saturday  I'll stop into Kyra's for some cinnamon rolls and bring them over to the garage sale I'm participating in with my family. See if they taste as  good as they smell.

23 comments :

  1. The raspberry lemonade looks the prettiest too. I've only tasted a few gluten free cupcakes and didn't care for the texture or the taste. These look good though. Nice to know there are gluten free cupcakes out there that are delish !

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    1. The pink caught my eye for sure. The texture is a bit different but not bad. And all the cupcakes did have a nice flavor. I was pleasantly surprised.

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  2. These look so delicious, and are making me very hungry for some sweets!

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    1. Ha ha, I'm always hungry for sweets Amanda. :)

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  3. Wow. They must've been pretty impressive if you're willing to drive out to Lake O and then to Hillsboro just to share cinnamon rolls! Of course, you'll probably think of it as a mini road trip. :)

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    1. Lake O is just down the street, for me. For my man it's a Trip! The cinnamon rolls smelled really good and everyone in the shop was getting them. So yes, I want to try them. I'm going Hillsboro whether I bring cinnamon rolls or not. I have stuff to sell :)

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  4. The Raspberry Lemonade sounds delicious! I love cupcakes, thanks for sharing.

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  5. Those cupcakes look divine. I bet they are mealy because they are glutten free, it would make sense.

    We have a new cupcake shop here in town that I'm dying to try. Maybe for my birthday month!

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    1. Yes, I assumed the mealy texture was because they are gluten free. You should absolutely try out that new cupcake shop for your birth-month :)

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  6. Mmm, sounds like a delicious place! I'll point some of my GF friends that way!

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  7. These look good, and not too far away.........

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  8. If one has to eat gluten free these cupcakes would top my list.

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  9. Oooooh, they all look delicious!! I'd go for the Raspberry Lemonade cupcake! I love anything with lemon! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post. For some strange reason, I have cravings for cake! Go figure! LOL!

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    1. The raspberry lemonade was very good. I can't wait to try more of her flavors.

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  10. latley cinnamon rolls have been sounding good! Carrot cake is the only kind of cake that I like!

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    1. You sound like my husband. He loves carrot cake and doesn't like to share hee hee I love the smell of cinnamon rolls.

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  11. So many delicious looking cupcakes! I feel they are calling me lol I see more and more patisseries starting to have gluten free deserts!

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    1. These were very good for gluten free. I normally really dislike the taste of gluten free foods but not these. It's nice that there are more places that have gluten free goodies for those who can't eat gluten.

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  12. Yum! They look really moist and delicious! The cupcakes being gluten free is a big plus.

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    1. These cupcakes were moist and good. I'm going back for more :)

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  13. Their menu looks amazing! I'm tempted to stop in and try a few out. Thanks so much for sharing this! I love Cupcake Wars, but I had no idea there was a local bakery that had been on there so many times!

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    1. Isn't that great! Our very own Cupcake Wars contestant here in town, Woo Hoo! I would absolutely go check them out. The shop smelled soo good.

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