REVIEW and GIVEAWAY: Crave Bake Shop Gluten Free Mixes



It’s our month to be advocates and celebrate the life that was given to us (that may not have been the life that we chose). Speaking of celebration – sometimes we have to celebrate with amazing gluten-free cupcakes. And by sometimes, I mean – I want cupcakes every day.

This year, I was able to meet one of my favorite gluten-free people in the universe. You may know her as the gluten-free winner of Cupcake Wars (twice). You may know her as the owner of Crave Bake Shop in Lake O (Portland), Oregon. You may remember her from my review of Crave Bake Shop in our last Portland vacation to see Non-GFBF’s family. Β Or, you may just know her as the beautiful Kyra Bussanich. And she rocks. I couldn’t think of a better person that could help us kick off this great month.

She recently added a new product line to her amazing shop – her dry mixes are available for the world! Now you can make award-winning cupcakes at home! And you don’t even have to go to culinary school to learn how to bake gluten-free – she’s done all the hard work for you! These mixes have their own Facebook page!

I am in love with everything Crave Bake Shop touches – and I couldn’t be happier that she’s come out with mixes for people like me – people who can’t bake or follow a recipe to save our lives. On my own, I could never replicate half of what Kyra and her team does, but with these mixes I can create cupcake that would impress any guest – even if they don’t know they are gluten-free!

Being goofy with Kyra at Expo West

Now, before I post any photos, know that when I bake with mixes, I do a lot of substitutions. I am trying to avoid dairy, so I use Earth Balance vegan spread and Pacific Foods hemp milk whenever I bake. I adore hemp milk, it’s so great to bake with because it’s thick like milk. I know it’s not the same properties of baking as milk, but since I refuse to buy dairy (mooooooo!) I’m using it! But, if you can still have dairy, I’m sure your cupcakes will look different than mine (and probably taste better too – and kudos if you can handle dairy!).

Crave Chocolate Mix


The chocolate cupcakes WERE SO GOOD! I can’t even tell you how rich they were – even with the dairy substitute.

For the snickerdoodle mix, I made cupcakes and then tried to make little donut holes (that are actually mini cupcakes) and putting powered sugar and icing on top! These are such a unique mix and such a great taste. When you have these, I promise you can’t be sad that you have to eat gluten-free. We couldn’t get enough of these.

The vanilla ones are just what they are – vanilla cake mix. These were the hardest to make dairy-free because they didn’t have the rich flavors of the chocolate or snickerdoodle – but these were the best to add flavorings and goodies too. I added Enjoy Life chocolate chips and frosting on top and gave them out as party favors at one of my birthday events!

That picture was from Chandice of Gluten Free Frenzy who snapped a pic of my cupcake – chocolate chips on the bottom and frosting on top!


All of these mixes are given a score of 5 wheat stalks.

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That means that I will be buying them regularly. 5 wheat stalk means that I will totally be talking about these for a while (as if you couldn’t tell by me mentioning it every second I could to you guys). If you are at all doubting my rating, or want to just buy one mix – go with the Snickerdoodle. You will NOT be disappointed.



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Well, you can win a box of these mixes along with other items throughout our Celiac Awareness Month celebration!

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Comments: 36

  1. Brittany wold April 30, 2013 at 9:11 pm Reply

    I would love to try craves products, all the pictures on her and Instagram make it look amazing!!

  2. Claire Fetherstonhaugh May 1, 2013 at 3:22 am Reply

    I love baking from scratch but sometimes it’s just easier to use a mix, and these look amazing!

  3. Ashley Craig May 1, 2013 at 3:41 am Reply

    Are these mixes available to Canada?!

  4. Karen Brady May 1, 2013 at 7:48 am Reply

    These mixes look amazing. I have never tried them, but would LOVE to.

  5. Diana May 1, 2013 at 7:51 am Reply

    The sound so tasty – Especially the Snickerdoodle one. It’s cool you try and modify the mixes for non-dairy, I’ve been trying more lately to work on recpie conversions when baking, and I get excited when things actually work!! If these are anything like the baked goods from her shop, they have got to be heavenly!

  6. Debra J. Gowlland May 1, 2013 at 7:55 am Reply

    I have heard rave reviews about Crave Bake Shop! Would be awesome to try! πŸ™‚

  7. Jen May 1, 2013 at 7:56 am Reply

    Good to know that they can be made dairy free. My Husband is gluten and dairy free and has a hard time finding yummy treats.

  8. Jenn May 1, 2013 at 7:58 am Reply

    Hi. I’m trying to enter to win- but can’t figure out where/how to enter!

    Thanks so much.

    • Erica Dermer May 1, 2013 at 8:01 am Reply

      You just did! Make sure you use the Rafflecopter widget and press the button that says to leave a blog comment!

  9. Julie Jacobs May 1, 2013 at 7:58 am Reply

    I’d love to try these! I love the idea of making mini-cupcakes and treating them like donut holes!

  10. Jessica May 1, 2013 at 8:01 am Reply

    I’m always looking for new GF baking mixes. These sound really good!

  11. MCatherine May 1, 2013 at 8:02 am Reply

    Yay!!!!!! Congratulations Crave Bake Shop!

  12. Cortnie Chase May 1, 2013 at 8:04 am Reply

    Did you say cupcakes? OMG I’m super stoked they gotta be better than my gluten free cake balls πŸ™‚

  13. Melinda May 1, 2013 at 8:05 am Reply

    I got to eat some crave cupcakes at the Chicago Expo and having been hoping to get a chance to eat some again!

  14. mary fran | frannycakes May 1, 2013 at 8:05 am Reply

    Is it bad that I want to enter just so I can have more of these and can pretend to be as awesome as Kyra?

  15. Cathryn May 1, 2013 at 8:11 am Reply

    I really hope I win, I follow you on Facebook on instagram and on this blog, I have never won so I’m crossing my fingers and hoping I do this time

  16. Carabeth May 1, 2013 at 8:17 am Reply

    I love that you use hemp milk. I’ve never tried it but will now! I also try to stay dairy free. I love cupcakes!!!

  17. Susan Martin May 1, 2013 at 8:18 am Reply

    What’s not to like about this fun give away? Baked goods which taste good? The dream of every celiac!

  18. TJ May 1, 2013 at 8:20 am Reply

    This is so excellent!

  19. Foxy / Chrissy May 1, 2013 at 8:30 am Reply

    I would love to win that! I miss cupcakes… =(

  20. melanie May 1, 2013 at 8:33 am Reply

    I would love to try these! I would have to make several substitions too, I am sure they would still taste amazing!

  21. Kayla May 1, 2013 at 8:50 am Reply

    Trying to plan a trip to Portland solely to go to Crave!

  22. Laurie Lightfoot May 1, 2013 at 11:02 am Reply

    I would love to try these….always looking for new products that our local stores don’t carry so I can try them and make the suggestion!

  23. Gluten Free Betsy May 1, 2013 at 11:23 am Reply

    How cute are you two?! Nice review…I bought some mixes at the Expo, but didn’t bake them yet…now I can’t wait. Although I already know that they’ll be amazing. Kyra can do no wrong. πŸ™‚

    P.S. I’m ALSO having a Crave Bake Shop giveaway over at my blog. πŸ˜‰

  24. Carina May 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm Reply

    I would love to try those! I may have to take a trip to Portland, just to go to that bakery πŸ˜‰

  25. Kelly Dowd May 1, 2013 at 3:06 pm Reply

    These are making my mouth water!

  26. Dana May 1, 2013 at 6:33 pm Reply

    Oooh, I’d love to try a new mix! These look delicious πŸ™‚

  27. Meghan O May 2, 2013 at 6:31 pm Reply

    I would love to try these, they sound and look delicious!

  28. Laura M. May 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm Reply

    These mixes sound fantastic. Can’t wait to try them!

  29. Celia contreras May 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm Reply

    These look absolutely yummy yummer!!!! I wanna try them all

  30. Azaline May 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm Reply

    I found out really recently that I have Celiacs, and while it was a relief I didnt have Arthritis and a bunch of other issues, and the solution to my aches and sicknesses didnt require medicine, it has been really hard adjusting! I’m a student and horrendously busy, and living in the Bible Belt very few food options aren’t fried with a side of sweet rolls and gravy. Your blog has helped me find hundreds of products, and I can’t wait to try them! (As soon as my schedule allows more work hours, and in turn more money to throw at the few health markets in central Alabama)

  31. Calli May 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm Reply

    These look great!

  32. Jordan T May 13, 2013 at 6:23 am Reply

    I NEED to have these shipped to me πŸ™‚ Will be ordering soon!

  33. Meghan May 13, 2013 at 9:14 pm Reply

    This is great!! I love cupcake wars and wondered if it was possible to get the gluten free cupcakes from the other side of the country!! Thanks for sharing:)

  34. Karol May 20, 2013 at 11:15 pm Reply

    These look delicious. I would love to try them!

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