Twin Cities baker crowned cupcake champ

The owner of Cupcake bakery in southeast Minneapolis, Kevin VanDeraa, was declared the winner of the Food Network's "Cupcake Champions" competition series Sunday night and took home a $50,000 grand prize. VanDeraa won a challenge on May 27th to advance and compete for the title "Cupcake Champion." VanDeraa is working on plans to open a second location on Grand Avenue in St. Paul.
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The owner of Cupcake bakery in southeast Minneapolis, Kevin VanDeraa, was declared the winner of the Food Network's "Cupcake Champions" competition series Sunday night and took home a $50,000 grand prize. VanDeraa won a challenge on May 27th to advance and compete for the title "Cupcake Champion." VanDeraa is working on plans to open a second location on Grand Avenue in St. Paul.

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