Crestview woman vying for national baking contest (RECIPE)

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Dawn Onuffer adds sprinkles to a hot pink raspberry and cream cake, her entry in the 46th annual Pillsbury Bake-Off. The Crestview resident wants to be one of 34 finalists heading to Las Vegas with a chance to win the $1 million grand prize.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Dawn Onuffer seeks support to bring her baking dreams to November’s 46th annual Pillsbury Bake-Off in Las Vegas. The Crestview resident is a semifinalist in the national competition.

The contest

Onuffer's Hot Pink Raspberry and Cream Cake recipe is one of 60 entries in the "Simple Sweets and Starters" category. Three other contestants, from Miami, Tampa and Melbourne, represent Florida in the category. The top 34 contestants with the most votes will receive an expenses-paid trip for the chance to win a $1 million grand prize.

"This is the mother of all baking contests," Onuffer said. "We will bake our recipes for the judges and they will select the top three finalists."

The second and third finalists win $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, according to the contest website. The top three finalists can choose from sponsor General Electric’s kitchen appliances. 

Four other $5,000 prizes will go to participants who present particularly creative recipes.

Onuffer — who expects to know voting results by July 4 — said she already knows what she’d do if given the ticket.

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