Kimberly Hall owns Signature sweets in Shorewood.

Kimberly Hall owns Signature sweets in Shorewood.

Cake artist and Shorewood bakery owner Kimberly Hall has competed in the Food Network seven times. Now, she is getting a taste of what it is like to be one of the judges.

The owner of Signature Sweets will be the judge this season of “Buddy vs. Duff”, a series of contests between “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro and pastry chef and former “Ace of Cakes” star Duff Goldman.

During the show, two bakers – Valastro from Hoboken, New Jersey and Duff in Los Angeles – work with their teams of cake artists to combat it in a range of thematic challenges.

A panel of 50 cake artists from across the country are the judges, including Hall, who represents Wisconsin.

“I was so excited,” Hall said. “Like, they want me to judge two of the best confectionery artists in the world, so that really meant a lot to me. It makes me feel like my work is being recognized … I was thrown in the wind. “

For each episode, the judges were given the theme, the bakers told them the story behind their creations, and they watched the cakes being made. In the end, the judges cast their ballots.

Milwaukee cake artist Kimberly Hall appeared at "Great Baking," a series of Food Network Canada competition.

“We’re cake artists just like them, so we know what to look for,” said Hall, who specializes in creating vivid cakes. “Like they were in the hot seat once in front of us.”

Valastro was one of the judges again when Hall competed in “Macy’s Thanksgiving Spectacular Cake.”

“It was like the roles came back this time,” Hall said.