Win-It-Wednesday: Sweet Cravings Cookbook… 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle by Kyra Bussanich

Have you ever paged through a cookbook and tagged almost every single page? Have you ever adoringly gazed at the photos of  sweet gluten-free treats? Or have you ever been beside yourself with giddiness on  finding a recipe for a dessert that you once loved but haven’t had in years since you had no idea how to make it gluten-free?

These are the reasons why I was so excited, giddy and mesmerized while paging through the new cookbook from Kyra Bussanich, Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle.

If the name Kyra Bussanich sounds familiar to you it could be because she was the first gluten-free baker to not only appear on – but WIN – the Food Network’s hit Show, Cupcake Wars.

Let’s think about this: Here is a gal that lives the gluten-free lifestyle and bakes gluten-free who is competing  against traditional bakers that use “regular”  flours… and she WINS! Yup… SHE WON!

That means that her gluten-free confections went up against the “real thing” and beat them, hands-down, in the competition. =)

And that only means one thing: Kyra Bussanich’s gluten-free dessert recipes are deliciously awesome and worth trying! And 50 of them are included in this new cookbook. Some of the many that I cannot wait to try include: Apple Crisp, Peanut Butter Truffle Crispy Rice Bars, Cannolizella (yup… gluten-free Cannolis!!!), Linzer Bars, Mexican Chocolate Baked Alaska, and of course, her Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes (and since I’m from Boston, I’m “wicked excited” about trying these!).

All of these sweet reasons are why I am super-excited that Kyra has graciously offered four (yes, 4!) lucky BeFreeForMe dessert lovers a chance to win their very own copy of the Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle cookbook!

Two (2) winner will be randomly selected from all comments / entries received before Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST), and two (2) more winners will be selected from all comments / entries received between Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM (EST) and Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST).

How can you win?

Reply to this blog and tell us what dessert you miss the most since going gluten free? (Me? CANNOLI’S!)

Good luck, remember to always keep your cravings sweet, your dreams full of gluten-free desserts! … and as always…

Be Free!

Want to purchase the Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle cookbook? Check it out here on and save! (As of 09-17-13… Only $12.98 AND free shipping if you place an Amazon order for more than $25. How sweet is that?!)  =)

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56 Responses to “Win-It-Wednesday: Sweet Cravings Cookbook… 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle by Kyra Bussanich”

  1. R Pater Says:

    There’s an entertaining, brief video intro to Kyra Bussanich’s book, “Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle”, at:

  2. Larissa R Says:

    I miss donuts! Particularly Boston cream donuts.

  3. Chere Housefield Says:

    Publix Supermarket’s birthday cakes and chocolate eclairs

  4. Theresa Says:

    I miss light fluffy cinnamon rolls

  5. scorekeeper Says:

    I so miss have moist cupcakes and cakes. I saw the Cupcake Wars show that Kyra Bussanich won and wished I was in the same area…

  6. Robin Fernberg Says:

    I would love to win this cookbook. I am new to the Gluten free and Diary free diet and trying to find where to start. I miss cake and cinnamon rolls. Along with going out to eat or pick up something in a hurry. Trying to find places that sell items that don’t cost an arm and a leg. (Since my husband has lost is job due to the economy). I would appreciate any help on savings and where to buy items at a good price.
    Thank you and have a great day.
    Robin Fernberg

  7. tabitha Says:

    I really miss having cake! it would be nice to have a cookbook to be able to make deserts. i just found out i was gluten free a few days ago.

  8. Linda Williams Says:

    big, rich, fluffy cinnamon buns

  9. Mary Says:

    I miss my grandmom’s home made German Chocolate Cake with coconut pecan icing. Her favorite cake recipe dated back to the 60’s. She’d make it every year for my birthday. Would love to have a recipe for that particularly different type of chocolate cake -made gluten free.

  10. Forress Says:

    I use to have many cook books as I loved to cook before I got sick. I really miss cooking things from scratch as it always taste so much better. I really miss making cakes, cookies, and pastries. Yes I would love to have one of these books to get me back into cooking again.

  11. Susan M Says:

    I miss good tasting cakes, cookies and pies! Would love to win this cook book so I could eat something fabulous!

  12. Teresa C Says:

    What I miss the most is madeleine. I would love to win this cookbook on gluten free desserts. Thanks! 🙂

  13. Cheryl Says:

    Yeast based filled donuts, please! A cake donut just doesn’t cut it.

  14. Susan M Says:

    My daughter misses donuts, especially Dunkin Donuts.

  15. cindy w. Says:

    Probably a really fluffy, light donut or éclair is what I miss most.

  16. tomi Says:

    I miss baklava dripping with gooey honey and nuts.

  17. Rosie Says:

    I miss brownies.

  18. Celine Girouard Says:

    What I miss most is a bagel and donut. Hoping to win this wonderful cookbook! Thank you.

  19. Lori Says:

    My daughters miss cannoli’s, donuts and angel food cake. I have tried to make them on my own and failed. The girls have been so disappointed. I would love to have this cookbook and be able to succeed at making their favorite treats.

  20. Venessa Says:

    I miss baklava.

  21. Rogene Says:

    I miss apple dumplings. I know how to make gluten free pie dough, but I think it is too fragile to get wrapped around the apples.

  22. Christina Says:

    Cream puffs

  23. Angela B Says:

    Mom’s Christmas coffee cake

  24. Mich Says:

    CINNAMON BUNS…….With cream cheese icing!!!!!!(I”m DAIRY free too 🙁 )

  25. Shannon Says:

    Gluten free cooking and baking are very new to me and I love baking and eating! Baklava and apple crisp are two of my favourites that I miss tasting. Also, baking cookies, fresh out of the oven googy goodness, le sigh

  26. Karen Says:

    I miss apple dumplings! My Mom makes the best. GF pie crust just does not do it. LOL.

  27. Dawn H Says:

    Miss cookies and pies. Cost of GF items is ridiculous, especially when you buy something to try and then find out the taste is horrible!

  28. Susan Goldsbury Says:

    I really miss Banana Cream Pie!!! And decent tasting cupcakes 🙂

  29. patricia Says:

    I miss donuts and scones. Would be great to win this desserts cookbook.

  30. Danielle B Says:

    I really miss pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, maple donuts, and pretty much any pie that has a creamy custard filling.

  31. trenelle collins Says:

    would love to add this to my collection of cook books

  32. Deb Gowlland Says:

    I think I miss cinnamon rolls the most! 🙂

  33. TXEdie Says:

    Cinnamon Rolls — the fluffy, yeasty kind! I used to make spectacular cinnamon rolls and haven’t had much luck with the available recipes so far, but I keep trying!!!

  34. Susan Says:

    French Cruellers is what I miss most!

  35. Barbara W Says:

    Apple Crunch, Pear – Apple Pie, (any good pie crust), cannoli’s, homemade cookies

  36. Rita Whirls Says:

    I miss Long John donuts, I love to eat.

  37. Terry Sofley Says:

    The list of what I miss is too long. All of my former favorites are off limits. I’ve revamped some f my favorite recipies to be GF, but without family to cook for now the motivation to keep changing my favorites to the new GF has been hard without the others to taste test. when my family tasted the GF version and said it tasted the same or they liked it better I knew I had a winner.

  38. Debbie T Says:

    Being gluten-free for over 9 years and having a dozen family members also affected by gluten I would appreciate this cookbook.

  39. Terri P Says:

    I have been reading the other comments and a lot of them have mentioned donuts. I have to agree with them as I have not been able to find a raised donut recipe.

  40. Francine Says:

    One of the things that I miss are those soft filled donuts…… cream or lemon filled. The list is long!

  41. Scorekeeper Says:

    I really miss being able to eat sweet bread – chewy on the inside, crunchy on the outside!

  42. Susan M Says:

    I miss a good flaky pie crust.

  43. Lori Says:

    cannoli’s would be wonderful. It is what my daughter misses most.

  44. Eileen Says:

    I miss good tasting cakes and pies.

  45. cindy w. Says:

    Any dessert that requires a light and fluffy base. Most gf desserts are so dense.

  46. Francine Says:

    Definitely donuts!!

  47. Kim Pennington Says:

    I miss pie crust!!

  48. patricia Says:

    I miss a real good scone or raised donut to have with coffee or dessert. This book would be great as I have 4 family members with celiac to cook and bake for. Thank you.

  49. Lori Says:

    Pumpkin treats, cannoli’s, carrot cake, donuts are so missed.

  50. Kim L Says:


  51. Tina Y. Says:

    I miss whoopie pies.

  52. Eileen Says:

    I agree with others…raised donuts. Boston cream or anything filled…yum!

  53. Jeanne L Says:

    I so, so, so miss having delicious desserts. I would love to win this and make brownies that aren’t gritty!

  54. Mike Says:

    We miss cakes that are light and fluffy.

  55. Denise C Says:

    I really miss my Nonna’s cream puffs! Light and flaky shell and that creamy sweet center. Mmmmm!

  56. elaine Says:

    CHOCOLATE CHUNK!!!!!! Did I just wake up, I am rubbing my eyes, yes!!!!! It is real, it is not a dream!!!!

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