Top Southern Wedding Cake Pros
Ana Paz Cakes
Location: Doral, Florida
Flavor to Savor: Owner Paz moved the family biz from Puerto Rico to the Miami area in 1978—bringing a secret recipe for rum-infused vanilla cake with her.
More Info: anapazcakes.com
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
What We Love: Along with traditional cakes, they offer mini desserts, macaron trees, and other sweets-table delicacies.
More Info: shopsucre.com
Back in the Day Bakery
For Goodness Cakes
Location: Norcross, Georgia
BIo Bit: Owner Melonie Stanger is an ace at realistic confectionery versions of everyday items. Her fave? A replica of turntables, complete with edible LPs and headphones!
More Info: forgoodnesscakes.net
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
What We Love: Each tier includes four layers of cake and three of filling, making it easy to incorporate a multitude of flavor combos.
More Info: lushcakery.com
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
What We Love: "Many wedding cakes have leftovers; ours are all eaten," says Martine Holzman, who owns the bakery with husband Jim.
More Info: martinespastries.com
Wow Factor Cakes
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
What We Love: Baker Amy Craparo's cakes feature stellar texture and intricate details.
More Info: charlotteweddingcakes.com
Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Sweet Stat: Owner Smeal has been making his Italian and Swiss buttercream masterpieces since 1979.
More Info: weddingcakesbyjimsmeal.com
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Bio Bit: The self-taught Qualls uses an iPad app to sketch cakes for virtual consultations with out-of-town clients.
More Info: jayqualls.com
Coco Paloma Desserts
Location: Austin, Texas
What We Love: Best known for its gum-paste flowers, this shop also makes a mean groom's cake.
More Info: cocopalomadesserts.com
Maggie Austin Cake
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Sweet Stat: Austin limits herself to two orders a week so she can focus on her time-intensive fondant cakes, which often include ruffles and lifelike sugar flowers.
More Info: maggieaustincake.com