Our First Reader Judge: The Houston Press Cupcake Smackdown

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

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."

Check Eating Our Words next Tuesday for a chance to win the last judging spot.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.