America's Most Beautiful Cakes

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

Updated 08/17/11

This content originally appeared as "America's Most Beautiful Cakes" in BRIDES magazine. Prices and other information in this story were accurate at press time, but are subject to change. Please confirm details with individual designers and vendors.

Inspired by sexy snakeskin and glossy pearls, Kerry Vincent hand-stenciled a python pattern and topped it with borders reminiscent of embroidered English lace.

Hand-painted fondant cake with gum-paste flowers, $25 per slice, Romantic Wedding Cakes by Kerry Vincent, Tulsa, OK

Haute stuff! These delicate, pearl-studded blooms have high-fashion roots: They're based on a Sondra Roberts clutch and an Oscar de la Renta gown.

Fondant cake with flowers, $12 per slice, Wedding Cakes by Kim Payne, Cheyenne, OK; stand, Bountiful

With a nod to elegant Italian marble, Wendy Sherwood created a pleasing patchworkof blush, gold, and silver white-chocolate tiles.

Fondant cake, $15 per serving, La Forêt, Napa, CA; stand, Robert Edward Woodworking

Patti Paige was influenced by the charming patterns and shapes of 1950s textiles;a simple peach background showcases colorfully hand-painted cookies.

Fondant cake with cookies, $14 per slice, Baked Ideas, New York

Jeweltoned café wallpaper from the 1950s led blogger and former cake designer Carrie Sellman to craft these eyecatching tiers covered with mod fondant blooms.

For a kicky midcentury mix, Erica O'Brien married two iconic Jonathan Adler designs: an airbrushed wallpaper pattern and a starburst mirror frame with an embossed monogram.

Fondant cake with stencilwork and a hand-cut medallion, $12 per slice, Erica O'Brien Cake Design, Long Beach, CA

Katie Schultz's cake, inspired by Jackson Pollock's groundbreaking drip-and-splatter technique, is a sugar masterpiece.

Fondant cake with colored chocolate, $10 per slice, Sugar Pine Bakery, Lake Tahoe, CA

The background bands were inspired by the impressionist art she loves, but the patch of pearlstudded flowers on Francina Stewart's cake is pure 1960s.

Buttercream cake with handcrafted flowers, $12 per slice, One Girl Cookies, Brooklyn

Black, white, and charming all over—that's how we'd describe this high-contrast confection, which Elisa Strauss created after spotting a striking birdie tableware pattern by designer Thomas Paul.

Fondant cake with sugar-dough flowers, $15 per slice, Confetti Cakes, New York; stand, Bountiful

A white dress with a black floral overlay gave Liz Shim food for thought. The result? A stylized showpiece featuring flowers painted with lustrous black dust.

Fondant cake with hand-painted flowers, $13 per slice, Eat Cake Be Merry, New York; stand, Rosanna

Rebecca Salinas got crafty with this three-tier beauty—the flowers were modeled after a rubber daisy stamp. Navy royal icing took the place of ink.

Fondant cake with hand-piped flowers and a fondant-covered base, $7 perslice, Sweet Cakes by Rebecca, Citrus Heights, CA; stand, Delightfully Lovely

To capture the refined look of an 18th-century necklace, Maureen Duffy linked dramatic sugar pearl-studded flowers with hand-beaded accents.

Fondant cake with sugar flowers, $18 per slice, Maureen P. Duffy,, Floral Park, NY; stand, Sarah's Stands

Nice curves! Rodolfo Goncalves loves the simple, bendy stems of flowers like cosmos and anemones, so he wove them into his high-def design. The pale pink background provides a soft, romantic vibe.

Fondant cake with hand-quilled gum-paste-and-fondant flowers, $9.50 per slice, BMQ Desserts & Cakes, New York; stand, Sarah's Stands

Talk about a gold standard! Deborah Lauren paired the luster of an Indian sari with a classic peony crafted from sugar.

Gold-embossed fondant cake, $16 per slice, City Sweets & Confections, New York

John Rota displayed lush anemone blossoms using whimsical tier stacking influenced by his nephew, who loves the game Jenga. Careful with that knife!

Fondant cake with gum-paste flowers, $15 per slice, John Rota Cake Artistry, Cake Crumbs, Encino, CA

This eclectic design blends details that Elizabeth Hodes found in a Japanese garden: koi, lotus blossoms, and the double-happiness symbol.

Fondant cake with sculpted flowers, $15 per slice, Elizabeth Hodes Custom Cakes & Sugar Art, New York; stand, Bountiful

Like a celebrity on the red carpet, this cake knows how to rock sequins and sparkles. For inspiration, Eileen Gray looked to the effervescence of champagne, as well as an embellished sweater from her own closet.

Fondant cake with gelatin flowers, $8.50 per slice, Cake Art Studio, Paoli, PA; stand, Michael Wainwright

Colette Peters based her white-on-white confection on an art-deco chandelier. The flowers, pearls, and, yes, even the pedestal base were crafted from sugar.

Fondant cake and pedestal with gum-paste flowers and pearls, $16 per slice, Colette's Cakes, New York

A case of spring fever led Renata Papadopoulos to design this sunshine yellow confection with lacy flowers in the broderie-anglaise (English-embroidery) style.

Fondant cake with hand-cut and molded flowers, $10 per slice, Lovely Cakes, Norwalk, CT

With its breezy check pattern (taken from a vintage apron) and colorful floral border,Ellen Baumwoll's creation would look perfect on a picnic table at a backyard wedding.

Fondant cake with a printed check background and gum-paste flowers, $14 per slice, Bijoux Doux Specialty Cakes, Brooklyn; scalloped-edge platter, Vietri

Jennifer Jones's blush-pink cake, which echoes the wedding invitation of one of her clients, walks just the right line between girly and elegant.

Fondant cake with paper-wafer flowers, $7 per slice, Icing on the Top, Tulsa, OK; stand, Sarah's Stands

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

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

Why use lots of flowers when you can have one mega showstopper? That's what Miche Bacher and Nanao Anton thought after seeing a Yumi Katsura gown featuring a pretty peony.

Fondant cake with hand-painted sugar-dough petals, $20 per slice, Sacred Sweets, Greenport, NY; stand, Versace for Rosenthal

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