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La Cakerie owner to appear on 'Cake Wars'

La Cakerie owner Jason Hisley will be back on the Food Network next week making Willy Wonka-themed cakes.

Jason Hisley will be back on the Food Network next week, whipping up Willy Wonka-themed cakes. 

Hisley, owner and executive chef of Baltimore's La Cakerie, will compete on "Cake Wars" with an assist from Elliot Azzam, lead cake designer at La Cakerie in Towson.

The episode, which celebrates the 45th anniversary of the original "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," airs Monday at 9 p.m.

Hisley couldn't share too many details, but he said viewers can expect to see "lots of chocolate-flavored things and really over-the-top, Willy Wonka-inspired cakes.” 

Hisley will compete against three other bakers for a $10,000 prize. Actor Paris Themmen, who played Mike Teevee in the 1971 film, will be the show's guest judge.

Hisley couldn't disclose which cake flavors he created during the competition, but he said they will be available at his bakeries Monday and throughout next week. La Cakerie will offer "mystery boxes" with cakes of each flavor for delivery through OrderUp on Monday, which will allow customers to taste the cakes while watching the show.

Hisley is no stranger to the Food Network, and he said that made his audition for "Cake Wars" easier. The baker most recently appeared on the network's "Halloween Baking Championship" alongside fellow Baltimore native Erin Cooper, owner of Erin's Delights and a baker for Sodexo at Stevenson University. Hisley has also competed on the network's shows "Cupcake Wars," "Sweet Genius" and "Cutthroat Kitchen."

He said this competition was by far the most challenging Food Network contest in which he's participated.

"The biggest thing is that it was a ridiculously huge, over-the-top undertaking,” Hisley said. "Even [compared to] making 1,000 cupcakes on 'Cupcake Wars' or cooking competitions that are fast ... this one was really the hardest one by far. It’s planning for structure and planning for time.”

La Cakerie has locations in Towson and Mount Vernon, and Hisley is opening a third in Hampden.

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