BRIDES Magazine spent months cruising bakeries and found the nation's top 23 pastry artists.

Robyn Loves Cake, Santa Barbara, CA

Robyn Van Tuyl's inspiration was an invitation with a similar graphic motif. Hand-painted fondant cake (left) with gum-paste peonies, $16 per slice; robynlovescake.com. Pedestal, Mosser Glass, fishseddy.com. Plates, Yedi Houseware, amazon.com. Napkin, Bodrum, bodrumlinens.com. Server, Robbe & Berking, robbeberking.com.

Honey Bee Cakes, Queens, NY

An avid scrapbooker, Jen Wasiak modeled this appliquéd showpiece (center) after one of her paper projects. Fondant cake with fondant details and sugar-paste flowers, $9 per slice; honeybeecakes.com.

Sarah's Pastries & Candies, Chicago

For a natural touch, Sunny Lee hand-painted her henna design in green. Fondant cake (right) with sugar flowers, $7 per slice; sarahscandies.com. Plate, Towle, dillards.com.

Editor: Maria McBride
Writer: Yolanda Crous

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