Round one is over. We have picked the first of two reader judges for the Houston Press Cupcake Smackdown on January 24. She'll join two pastry experts at Block 7 Wine Company, where she'll be blindfolded before judging cupcakes from eight bakers around town, plus a homemade version. Who is she? Her name is Melanie Tello.
Out of all of the cupcake lovers who wrote to us, why'd we pick her? Because she made us laugh. And she threatened us. "If you don't pick me, I'm going to stand next to the judges & do this," she wrote, linking to the video posted above. "It's better if you just choose me. Trust me on this one."
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