Ten Great Bakeries in Orange County

3. Christopher Garren's Let Them Eat Cake

Dave Lieberman
This is THE place to go if you need a wedding cake and have the money to buy one; the bakery has been featured on more than one television show about wedding cakes. If you're not in the mood for lifelong nuptials, though, go anyway; the individual slices of cake and the pastries are outstanding. Any danish will shatter in your mouth, leaving the hint of butter and pastry; the scones are the best in OC, and their biscuits, topped with egg, bacon and cheddar, are addicting.

3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa; 714-445-0189; christophergarrens.com.

2. Blackmarket Bakery

John Gilhooley / OC Weekly
Rachel Klemek started a cake bakery in an industrial park just off the east end of the John Wayne runway, and it's quickly attained cult status. Besides the cakes, she makes her own flour with the leavings from Cabernet winemaking; while the pasta is good, the focaccia is second to none. Also try the marshmallows, the excellent brioches, the savory vegetable pockets (perfect for lunch at the office), and the Basque tart.

17941 Sky Park Cir., Irvine; 949-852-4609; blackmarketbakery.com.

1. Cream Pan

Edwin Goei
Besides the Japanese pastries like anpan and the eponymous cream pan, the place is known for their shockingly good strawberry custard croissants, available in large and small sizes and bought by hungry Tustinites by the dozen. What many people may not know, though, is that Cream Pan has absolutely, unequivocally, the best baguette and épi in Orange County. There's no comparing them to anywhere else.

602 El Camino Real, Tustin; 714-665-8239; no website.

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