CRESTVIEW — With community, family and friends’ voting support, Dawn Onuffer will travel to Las Vegas in November to compete in Pillsbury’s Bake-Off competition.


CRESTVIEW — With community, family and friends’ voting support, Dawn Onuffer will travel to Las Vegas in November to compete in Pillsbury’s Bake-Off competition.



Her Hot Pink Raspberry and Cream Cake earned enough votes on the Bake-Off website to be among the top 34 contenders in the “Simple Sweets and Starters” category.



Finalists have a chance to win a $1 million grand prize or second- or third-place prizes of $10,000 or $5,000, respectively. Each winner also can win GE products.



Onuffer expressed gratitude for those in the community and elsewhere who supported her entry.



“I’m super-excited,” the Crestview resident said. “I have never been west of the Mississippi River.” Her family plans to use the trip as a family vacation.



Onuffer, who has entered several baking contests in the last decade, participated in the Bake-Off four times before her Cappuccino Toppers earned her a semifinalist position in last year’s Orlando competition.It was a fun experience...I made a lot of friends,” she said.



Several contestants she met at last year’s competition will return for this year’s event.



“I don’t think it will be as nervewrecking as the first time,” she said. Onuffer’s dessert recipe was among 60 that judges selected for online voting.



“Simple Sweets and Starters” was among three categories in which contestants could submit their recipes. Other categories include “Amazing Doable Dinners” and “Quick Rise and Shine Breakfasts.”



Before leaving for the competition, Onuffer must create a video featuring how her dessert entry was created.



Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or matthewb@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.