Cake Wars winner opens new bakery

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Lily’s Cakes opened it’s doors on Monday in Temple for it’s second shop.

“It feels overwhelming to know that there’s so many people that really care about us,” said Lilian Halabi, owner of Lily’s Cakes.

Lilian is from Venezuela and couldn’t be happier to be living the American dream.

Her first bakery opened about five years ago in Harker Heights, and on Monday her Temple location opened for business.

“Just thinking that it all started as a hobby from home, making cakes for my kids, my husband, the family friends, from there opening the first store, winning cake wars, being invited again to it and now this,” said Halabi.

Halabi competed against three other pairs of bakers in an episode of Cake Wars and ended up winning $10,000 with her 5 tier Monopoly themed cake. It took four hours to complete and helped change her life.

“It put us more in the radar,” said Halabi.

It’s always been a family affair.

“Everybody is hands on so being a small family business it does actually take the family to bring it up,” said Halabi.

Cake decorator Tamika Scriber has been working for Lily’s Cakes for 2 years now.

“It’s like a great family, friends environment and everyone is really sweet and gets along really well, is it’s really fun,” said Scriber.

The new bakery will feature an array of new flavors.

“Everyday we’re going to try to have at least anywhere between 18 to 24 different flavors,” said Halabi.

The Halabi’s says they couldn’t be happier with the new location in Temple, a city that continues to grow each day.

Lily’s Cakes is still looking to hire cake bakers and decorators.

You can apply in person at 2102 S. 31st St. in Temple, or at 360 W. Central Texas Expressway in Harker Heights, or by sending Lily a message on Facebook.

Click HERE for the Lily’s Cakes website.

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