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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Duncan Hines Challenge

This is not your typical bake sale. Bakers nationwide are sifting flour and cracking eggs to participate in the Duncan Hines 1 MILLION Cupcake Challenge in an effort to raise some dough for Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale and help put an end to childhood hunger.

Put on your best apron, make cupcakes or other Duncan Hines desserts and get a shot at prizes that include trips for two to Los Angeles to take a seat on the Red Carpet at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Also on a weekly basis, the sweetest fundraisers who roll out the most cash from their sales will have the opportunity to garner a matching donation from Duncan Hines.

For information on how to have your own bake sale and entry details, go to and follow the few basic steps. The 1 MILLION Cupcake Challenge ends July 24th.

Go to for recipes such as the Lemon Chocolate Cupcakes shown. We like our own version of this Orange Banana Cake:

Grab a box of Duncan Hines Classic Yellow cake mix and follow the directions on the back of it, incorporating eggs, water and vegetable oil (canola oil works as well). Zest an orange into the batter and add a packet of Jell-O Banana Cream instant pudding. After your cake has cooked in a 350 degree oven, remove it and let cool. Make a glaze with confectioner’s sugar and a little room temperature milk or more, to define the consistency, and drizzle it over the top of your cake. Do enjoy while doing your part to end childhood hunger!

First published in part for Next magazine.

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