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Chef Rachel Wins Cake Espisode of Food Network's Chopped Sweets Showdown

Chef Rachel Wins Cake Episode of Food Network's Chopped Sweets Showdown!  Season 43, episode 10.  Catch it on Food Network or watch it streaming on Amazon!

Or follow the link to Anne Valdespino's article in the OC Register on 10/16/2019.

A more delicious cake may exist, but where would you find it? A grandma’s kitchen in a colorized movie from the silent era, maybe. These “blackmarketeers” create all the baked goods by hand, from scratch, with real butter. Just perfection. The cakes are available in multiple sizes from 4-inch round to three 9-inch tiers, with buttercream or chocolate ganache, ordered naked (a light coat of frosting with cake showing through) or smooth. Perhaps you’d like salted caramel-buttercream frosting? What about a border of pearls, flames or waves? Or an all-over array of giant multicolored polka dots? Wait. None of that sounds very grandma-like. . . . Blackmarket cakes are the best of two worlds: scrumptious to look at, even better to devour. As for the cookies, tarts and breads? Ditto.

WWW.BLACKMARKETBAKERY.COM
2937 BRISTOL ST.
COSTA MESA – 714.662.3095

 

211 N. BROADWAY
SANTA ANA – 714.571.0801

by Jacqueline.

I don’t know if you guys know this, but I’m sort of a chocolate chip cookie connoisseur… If you ask me who has the best chocolate chip cookies in the Orange County area, I can name off a top five… In my top five is definitely Black Market Bakery.  Lucky me, when we moved to Costa Mesa a few years ago they are basically in my backyard!  We are walking distance to The Camp and Black Market Bakery happens to be there!!  The perfect excuse to walk and get a chocolate chip cookie!  At least I’m walking!!!...

by Coast Magazine.

Annapolis' Sweet American Charm

To celebrate national cookie day Cookie Good, The Dirty Cookie, Cookie Dough Dreams, and Blackmarket Bakery joined us live with a preview of some their cookies.  We are on at 4:25 into the footage!

by San Diego Magazine.

Blackstrap Betty

Blackmarket Bakery
 

It’s fall in dessert form (and we’re not talking about pumpkin spice lattes). The Betty is a molasses-based cookie with apricot, ginger, and cinnamon.
 

4686 30th Street, Normal Heights

article by Anne Valdespino

...Blackmarket Bakery

Meet the chef: Rachel Klemek graduated at the top of her pastry class at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa. She opened her commercial kitchen in 2004 and now has bakeries in Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and San Diego.

 

My Favorite:

 

5. Don’t worry about mistakes. If it’s burned, it’s game over. But if the sponge cake doesn’t rise or the brownies are too gooey, don’t sweat it. “Stick ice cream on things and turn it into a big sundae.” Remember you’re baking for loved ones, it’s the time of year to put down the iPad and the cell phone and enjoy each other.  “If they’re family? They’re gonna forgive you,” Klemek says. “They won’t give you a one-star Yelp review.”

 

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A more delicious cake may exist, but where would you find it? A grandma’s kitchen in a colorized movie from the silent era, maybe. These “blackmarketeers” create all the baked goods by hand, from scratch, with real butter. Just perfection. The cakes are available in multiple sizes from 4-inch round to three 9-inch tiers, with buttercream or chocolate ganache, ordered naked (a light coat of frosting with cake showing through) or smooth. Perhaps you’d like salted caramel-buttercream frosting? What about a border of pearls, flames or waves? Or an all-over array of giant multicolored polka dots? Wait. None of that sounds very grandma-like. . . . Blackmarket cakes are the best of two worlds: scrumptious to look at, even better to devour. As for the cookies, tarts and breads? Ditto.

WWW.BLACKMARKETBAKERY.COM
2937 BRISTOL ST.
COSTA MESA – 714.662.3095

 

211 N. BROADWAY
SANTA ANA – 714.571.0801

by Corey.

If you live, work, visit or commute through North Park, you’ll be close to several incredible bakeries.

Near the northernmost park of North Park, right by where it fades into University Heights, you’ll find Blackmarket Bakery, a successful bakery with three different locations, including one in Santa Ana and another in Costa Mesa. The North Park location of Blackmarket Bakery is a popular destination for flavorful baked goods. In fact, they were voted the Best Bakery by San Diego Magazine for 2017.

The slogan for this bakery is “powered by butter,” an approach to recipes that they combine with sugar and high quality flours to create baked treats both savory and sweet. They focus on flavor, allowing them to provide customers with a “conscious moment of indulgence,” whatever they are craving....

Chef Rachel with Cathy Thomas

Rachel Klemek, executive pastry chef-owner of Blackmarket Bakery in Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and San Diego, loves the whimsy of whoopie pies. She says the name connotes party-like fun. And the treat is a cake that is portable; it can be picked up and easily eaten out of hand.

Her pumpkin-spiked whoopie pies showcase flavors associated with fall; a rainbow of autumnal spices and a small dose of molasses bring palate memories of sweet indulgences centered around Halloween and Thanksgiving. The cakes sandwich an irresistible cream cheese filling. She doesn’t chintz on the creamy filling; it’s added with generosity, piped from a plastic pastry bag to form a thick spiral....

by Michele Parente.

Is this the most delicious block in San Diego?

Adams Avenue, between Ohio and 30th streets and its immediate vicinity in North Park, is home to arguably the best eating in the county, with the perfect blend of trendy and traditional restaurants, a delectable diversity of cuisines and first-rate sweet shops, java joints and watering holes...

...Beckoning people with an outsized, illuminated “Bakery” sign and a “Powered by Butter” motto, Blackmarket opened last fall and quickly established a loyal following for its scrumptious, not-too-sweet sweets. Out of this world cakes, breads, croissants, scones, tarts, shortbreads, churros and cookies are all served up in a stylish space and on a dog-friendly garden.

Bakery

Blackmarket

Blackmarket Bakery makes bread and pastries from scratch using only “pronounceable” ingredients. Their scones, croissants, cookies, cakes, and tarts are whipped up daily, or guests can opt for a sandwich with one of their house-made breads, like Dutch crunch or artichoke Asiago.

4686 30th Street, North Park

Eater LA: Orange County's 21 Hottest Restaurants, Spring 2017

LA's sister county comes alive.

by Farley Elliott 

 

2 Blackmarket Bakery

One of Orange County’s finest bake shops, this Costa Mesa pastry institution now serves Santa Ana and San Diego as well. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dessert are all on the table here.

Dining Out & San Pellegrino present Chefs of Table for Ten

On March 11, 2018, the annual Table for Ten event will bring together Southern California’s top chefs to create awe-inspiring signature dishes. It will all be paired with exquisite wines and five-star service.

The evening kicks off with a cocktail reception and is paired with a live auction featuring luxury trips, goods, and dining adventures. The proceeds generated by the auction benefit two area non-profits: Vocational Visions and The Teen Project. At Vocational Visions, their mission is to provide life skills and vocational instruction to more than 500 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Teen Project supports homeless teens, giving them career opportunities.

This issue, we’re proud to showcase the talented chefs who participated in the 2017 Table for Ten event, alongside a few of their menu items and wine pairings.

Diggin’ the Goods by Frank Sabatini Jr. on San Diego UpTown News

Had the multi-faceted Blackmarket Bakery in North Park succumbed to the trend of naming itself with two buzzy words separated by an ampersand, a variety of possibilities might identify the business model more clearly: Sugar & Sandies; Cakes & Caffeine; Flour & Hipsters; or Kids & Canines.

The name of the bakery, however, was established several years ago in Orange County by pastry chef and founder Rachel Klemek, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who in October opened an outpost on 30th Street just south of Adams Avenue with San Diego-based managing partner Alison Horn.

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It’s not easy to do good bacon. Blackmarket nails it. By Ian Anderson, San Diego Reader

A large, retro sign saying “Bakery” recently went up in North Park, the work of Blackmarket Bakery. The new restaurant represents the third installment and first San Diego entry of a small Orange County bakery chain, one that offers breakfast and sandwich options in addition to fresh-baked breads, cakes, cookies, and pastries.

It’s part of the recent restaurant boom at the corner 30th and Adams, which now boasts a French bistro and a ramen bar/specialty coffee shop to go with its gastropubs, craft cocktail den, and tequillaria. Spotting the sign as I approached, I braced myself to walk into what could turn out to be a hipster bakery.

It’s a bit more homey than that. There are subway tiles and economic design, sure. There are also games to play and gourmet snack items on display throughout the shop. There’s a kid- and dog-friendly patio. Most importantly, there’s the bakery counter, featuring all manner of sweet looking treats, including an impressive cookie topped with chunks of toffee....

Total Eclipse Cake makes it in List of Top Edibles of 2016 by OC Register

Between the four of us – Paul Hodgins, Brad Johnson, Nancy Luna, Anne Valdespino – we cover a lot of ground. Food Team culinary experiences include multicourse dinners, fast food snacks, stealth dining, theme park concessions, food hall research, wine events, newsroom tasting panels and more.

Every year, we think back over all the goodies that crossed our palates to compile a list of our most memorable delectables. Each writer selects three of his or her personal favorites to feature. Here are our picks for 2016....

"Total Eclipse Layer Cake at Blackmarket Bakery: Pushing my fork through the fudgy frosting causes me to salivate. It releases the deep chocolate aromas of this powerhouse dessert. The chocolate layers remain delicate, with a perfect crumb; the chocolate mousse binds everything together with its creaminess; and it’s all encased in that drives-you-wild chocolate ganache icing."

 

– Anne Valdespino

Candy canes were being crushed by the legs of an AT-AT just like the Rebels in “Star Wars,” only this wasn’t in the movies, it was in Santa Ana – and the AT-AT was made of gingerbread.

Rachel Klemek created the AT-AT display in the display case of the Blackmarket Bakery she owns on Broadway in downtown Santa Ana. (AT-AT stands for “All Terrain – Armored Transport.”)

“It’s part of our cultural mythology,” she said of the movie series.

Klemek started making gingerbread displays a few years ago for her bakeries, one in Costa Mesa and this one.

“Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not!” – Author Unknown

Holiday stress is a widespread problem. A majority of Americans report feeling “extreme stress” this time of year; lack of money, crowds and shopping decisions, obligatory parties, pressure to please family and friends, all the while bombarded by media images of happy smiling families enjoying the perfect holiday festivities.

If you’re feeling stressed out, then my advice is to stop worrying, take a deep breath and have some dessert. And there’s no better place to unwind than Blackmarket Bakery....

"BLACKMARKET BAKERY: Earthy breads, layer cakes and tarts, chocolate croissants and artfully decorated cookies

 

She fully intended to become a boulanger, but when Rachel Klemek got to the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, she dove in and took on the competition, graduating first in her class. She’s worked at Melisse in Los Angeles and at Zov’s, so maybe that’s the reason her shop does it all too: cakes, Viennoiserie, decorated cookies, and yes, big loaves of hearty bread like Dutch Crunch. Starting in Irvine, she built a reputation for sculptural cakes a la Duff Goldman, but decided to reboot her retro-artisanal vision. Since then her business has expanded to Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and now San Diego..."  

 

-Anne Valdespino

5 New San Diego Restaurants to Try Now: So Cal Pulse Magazine

by Madelyn Harris.

 

Blackmarket Bakery prides itself on using basic ingredients and time-tested procedures. Chef Rachel Klemek and her family have opened locations in Costa MesaSanta Ana and now San Diego. Klemek expands her scratch-made line of pastries—from scones and croissants to cookies and cakes—to change with the seasons. The Blackmarketeers brew local coffee and espresso, bake bread and pastries daily and whip up nostalgic tarts, cookies, confections and sandwiches. Check out this restaurant to indulge yourself in feel-good food. M-Th 7 a.m.-7 p.m.,  Fri-Sa 7 a.m.-9 p.m.,  Su 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 4686 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116.  619.641.0081. blackmarketbakery.com

Readers' Choice: Best Bakery

Blackmarket Bakery

A Nerd's Guide to Holiday Decorating - The Today Show

Building gingerbread houses is great, but building gingerbread AT-ATs is even better —just ask Rachel Klemek of the Blackmarket Bakery. This amazing AT-AT gingerbread sculpture kind of makes her the nerd equivalent of Martha Stewart. That having been said, this probably took a million man hours to make, so you might want to stick with some easy Star Wars cookie cutters. Prices vary - Blackmarket Bakery via That's Nerdalcious

By Candice Woo

 

A new carb heaven is soft opening this weekend on 30th Street. Award-winning Blackmarket Bakery, which first debuted in Costa Mesa in 2012 and launched another location in Santa Ana earlier this year, is planning to open its San Diego outpost on Friday...

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Blackmarket Bakery
Costa Mesa, Santa Ana
714-662-3095
blackmarketbakery.com

 

"To get the real stuff, you need to know a guy," says Blackmarket Bakery owner Rachel Klemek. But she's not talking about anything illegal, unless you consider her bakery items off-limits. Her recipes do call for real butter and real sugar, and she wants people to see that....

Chase Bradley & Chef Rachel Make Hazelnut Brittle

 

Our secret? The best ingredients, make it from scratch and make it your own. 

Here's the link to the recipe!

By Edwin Goei, Photos by Brian Feinzimmer

 

I last reviewed Rachel Klemek's Blackmarket Bakery in 2008, when it was in its infancy. I got lost trying to find it. I was told it occupied a small office space, tucked away in an anonymous Irvine industrial park. But there was no sign, and iPhones at the time weren't equipped with GPS. Then, just as I was about to give up, I saw it: a Scion emblazoned on all sides with Blackmarket Bakery's trademark "cake UFO" motif. I'd seen it zipping around OC before, but now—parked out front—it was acting as a big red X marking the spot. The car was Blackmarket's signpost to the world that there was, indeed, a made-from-scratch bakery by a Culinary Institute of America alum back here among the Dunder Mifflins....

By Anne Marie Panoringan 

The Downtown Santa Ana space for Blackmarket's newest spot is pending final inspection. I took this opportunity to converse with one of the coolest, most hardworking people I've met: Dessert duchess Rachel Klemek.

Favorite meal growing up.
Vinegar-y BBQ pork sandwiches and crispy hush puppies from Kepley's in High Point, North Carolina, [while] visiting my grandparents.

Let's discuss the sandwich selections at Blackmarket Bakery. The Bandera eggywich is killer, by the way.
Thanks! Eggywiches are available from open til 11 a.m., all anchored by either our brioche bun or our buttermilk biscuit...

By Anne Marie Panoringan 

In today's segment, Klemek discusses parenting and her future apple farm. Thanks for inviting us into your kitchen, Rachel!

Check out the first part of my interview with the dessert duchess. And if you're good, there may be a Santa Ana preview in the not-so-distant future.

 

Where did you grow up?
I was born in North Carolina, moved around the South and ended up in Southern California in seventh grade. I experienced serious culture shock, going from wading in creeks barefoot, speaking with a thick Southern accent and running around my rural neighborhood in Anderson, South Carolina, to living in suburban Irvine...

Time, skill, and care go into everything at Blackmarket Bakery.

Produced by EYES&EARS

Bob Hodson & his crew peek Behind-the-Scenes in our Commisary Kitchen...

And here's a link to the Video of their Visit!

And the Golden Foodie Award for Best Pastry Chef goes to... Rachel Klemek of Blackmarket Bakery!

by Nancy Luna

 

The first Golden Foodie Awards ceremony was held Sunday evening – a red-carpet event honoring top culinary talents of Orange County.

The event was created by the Orange County Restaurant Association as a way to celebrate the county's vibrant culinary scene. About 400 people attended the "people's choice" ceremony, held at the Fairmont Newport Beach hotel. Roughly 30 awards were handed out in various categories.

The top honor, the "Golden Chef" award, went to Yvon Goetz of The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar in Tustin. The "Golden Pastry Chef" award went to Rachel Klemek of Blackmarket Bakery in Irvine.

In her acceptance speech, Klemek thanked her grandmothers for teaching her how to cook, and shouted her devotion to baking's key essentials – butter and sugar.

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