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Fancy Cakes by Leslie

Leslie Poyourow and her team have built towering wedding cakes with four or more tiers, created 3-D roses and hydrangeas and incorporated lace patterns that mimic the texture of a bride’s dress. That’s why Fancy Cakes by Leslie has earned its third “Best of Bethesda” award. The Bethesda bakery previously won in 2010 and 2012.

Poyourow, 58, started decorating cakes for fun back when she worked for a government contractor. Constant requests eventually motivated her to make it a business. In the 18 years since, she has designed ornate cakes for a variety of luminaries, including Caroline Kennedy, the ambassador to Japan.

“And we do a lot more than cakes in here. We’re expanding our bakery every day,” Poyourow says. That means other desserts and a wider talent pool. Cake designer Juan Lucas, who worked in a bakery featured on TLC’s Cake Boss for three years, joined the team last September.

Poyourow says she looks at every cake and dessert made. “It’s all about the quality,” she says.

Wedding cakes are typically priced at about $6 per serving.

4939 Elm St., Bethesda, 301-652-9390,

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