America's Most Beautiful Cakes

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; Pedestal, Mosser Glass, Plates, Yedi Houseware, Napkin, Bodrum, Server, Robbe & Berking,

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;

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; Plate, Towle,

Editor: Maria McBride
Writer: Yolanda Crous