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Fort Mill's 'Cupcake Wars' winner back on TV

Heather McDonnell and the Cupcrazed Cakery in Fort Mill's Baxter Village will be competing in a special series called "Cupcake Champions" premiering at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 13, on the Food Network.

She will be among other former “Cupcake Wars” winners on the show. The “crème de la crème of the cupcake world” take their skills to the next level when they return to Food Network for the sweetest competition yet in the five-part special series, according to a statement the show released Monday. Each week, four previous “Cupcake Wars” winners face off in three tasty elimination challenges until only one decorator remains and wins the opportunity to showcase their cupcakes at the winning gig.

For the four winners from each episode, the competition for the coveted title of Cupcake Champion and a $50,000 cash prize culminates in the finale on Sunday, June 10. These decorated bakers pull out all the stops to impress judges Candace Nelson (owner, Sprinkles Cupcakes) and Florian Bellanger (chef and co-owner, MadMac).

“The flavors, creativity, and artistry that our Champions unleashed in this high stakes competition took cupcakes to a dazzling new level,” said Bob Tuschman, general manager and senior vice president of the Food Network.