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.

Using an inlay technique that mimics traditional embroidery, Karen Vazquez re-created the vibrant blooms that typically adorn wedding dresses in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Fondant cake with cutout flowers, $15 per slice, Kakes by Karen, Naples, FL

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