We spent nearly a year scouring the country's best bakeries in search of top pastry artists. More than 200 accepted our invitation to create a showstopping design, but only 24 can claim to have produced one of America's Most Beautiful Cakes.

For the gal who wants to have her chic and eat it, too, Kelly Zubal borrowed an ooh-la-la rose pattern from a 1920s Parisian dress by Zimmermann.

Hand-painted fondant cake with gum-paste flowers and leaves, $15 per slice, Inticing Creations, San Francisco

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