(KWTX) A Central Texas baker is celebrating her second big win on the Food Network, taking home the $10,000 team prize after winning on a weekend episode of "Holiday Wars" with a creative Christmas cake.
The winning cake. (Courtesy photo)
Lily Halabi owner of Lily's Cakes in Harker Heights and Lily's Cakes in Temple won the prize Sunday night while participating with a team on the network's show filmed in Los Angeles.
"I'm definitely super happy , super excited and I feel great being your small town girl to make it to Food Network, literally my third time appearing on Food Network winning two competitions," Halabi said.
In January 2017 Lilly took home a $10,000 individual prize after winning “Cake Wars.”
The $10,000 prize from the win over the weekend will be shared with her fellow cake makers on a team called "Frost Slayers," for which Lily served as a cake decorator.
The massive cake display was snowmen coming to the rescue at Santa's toy shop after the elves called in sick.
One of the snowmen is seen melting causing the others to hurry up so the presents are ready in time for Christmas.
"My part in the competition was mostly details as far as making the faces, like for round one I made the head of the pig that went on the chimney and the details on the face," Lily said.
"Then on round two, I was in charge of making the toys or making the backdrop for our display, of dressing up Mrs. Snowman and taking care of the details."
Lily says all the competitions she's been a part of have been special, but there's something unique about the level of competition in "Holiday Wars."
"This time was a bigger competition because I was competing with amazing artists and against other amazing artists from all over the US and most of them have won big competitions on TV as well," she said.
Halabi says she's finally living the American Dream more than two decades after coming to the United States from Venezuela with hopes after enrolling in a cake decorating class at Hobby Lobby in Killeen.
"It's just been a great experience and I will do it again if they invite me and I will also apply to other shows," she said.
"It's been amazing how everyone has reacted to the winning, the messages, the posts, sending love and good vibes. I really love being a part of this community and we'll just see what happens."