Katie is Champion in the Cupcake Challenge

Katie Rousonelos of Madison, WI has been named Grand Champion in the first ever Duncan Hines Red Carpet Cupcake Challenge for the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards. Selected from hundreds of recipe entries, Katie’s Red Carpet Glamour, has earned the baking title.

Duncan Hines said this year the brand will be the official dessert sponsor of the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards and Creative Arts Awards Governors Ball.

In the past few weeks, creative bakers submitted their cupcakes for the contest. From over 200 entries, the Top 10 finalists were chosen to move on to the judging event. The Top 10 were selected by most accrued votes throughout the contest period.

On Thursday, July 29th, Katie was announced as the grand prize winner at the Cupcake Cafe located in NYC. Her cupcake was judged by a prestigious panel including Tara Bench from Ladies Home Journal, Betsy Andrews from Saveur Magazine, Kitty Morgan, Executive Editor at Better Homes and Gardens, Alan Richardson, co-author of Hello, Cupcake and What’s New, Cupcake and Chef Joe DiPaolo, Duncan Hines’ Corporate Pastry Chef.

As the Grand Prize Winner, Katie will have her cupcake creation sampled by Performers nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and guests in attendance at this year’s Performers Nominees Reception on August 27th.

Katie also received a trip for two to Los Angeles, California and two tickets to Fans in the Stands, the best seat in the house for the red carpet excitement of the Primetime Emmy Awards.

“We are thrilled that our passionate baking consumers wanted to share this experience with Duncan Hines,” says Lora Van Velsor, vice president of Marketing for Pinnacle’s Duncan Hines Grocery Division.

Duncan Hines product line includes over 80 different mixes ranging from cakes and brownies to muffins and cookies as well as ready-to-spread frosting.

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