Visiting Black-owned bakeries in Seattle will provide you with more than a delectable treat but will offer a unique opportunity to explore the diverse offerings in the city. The following are a handful of some of the best Black-owned bakeries to indulge in and support.
Black Magic Sweets
Black Magic Sweets is owned and operated by Aliyah Davis, who founded the bakery after years of whipping up goodies in Grandpa Ben’s Pennsylvania. The Black-owned bakery in Seattle creates its sweet treats by utilizing those secret family recipes. Though the sweets shop boasts a variety of options (like cake jars, cream puffs and brownies), Black Magic Sweets is most notable for its array of eccentric French macaron flavors like raspberry ricotta, ginger pear and rose water. Black Magic Sweets is an online shop, with orders placed available for pick up or delivery; deliveries take place Wednesdays and Fridays within Seattle. For more information, visit blackmagicsweets.com.
KJ’s Cakery Bakery Sweet Shop
To replicate the cozy feeling of being at her grandmother’s house, Kathy Jo Miller created KJ’s Cakery Bakery Sweet Shop. The local spot sells various goods, including gourmet popcorn, cotton candy, hot cocoa bombs, Cookie Sammies and more. The baked lineup is both vegan-friendly and gluten-free. KJ’s also provides a variety of classes and tastings so you can make and sample some of your favorite bites at home. KJ’s Cakery Bakery Sweet Shop is open Tuesday, noon to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, noon to 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit kjscakerybakery.com.
Pinckney Cookie Cafe
With a curated lineup of artisanal all-natural cookies, Pinckney Cookie Cafe (pictured at top of page) is a local staple in East Seattle, founded by Michael Pinckney. The cookies are as mouthwateringly tasty as they look and come in various gourmet flavors, including the Miracle cookie line, an assortment of vegan and gluten-free cookies. (The Miracle cookies include flavors like apple pie, chocolate espresso, dark chocolate oatmeal and more.) Pinckney Cookie Cafe can be found at a variety of farmer’s markets, including the West Seattle Farmer’s Market, on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., year-round. For more information, visit lovethesecookies.com.
Annie and Stella
Flavor meets love at Annie and Stella. Founded by Barbara Sykes in honor of her grandmothers’ passion for baking (and for whom the bakery is named), this local bakery specializes in gluten-free sweet treats that will delight even the most skeptical taste buds. From cakes and cookies to cupcakes and loaves, Annie and Stella’s rotating menu will keep you coming back for more. The bakery can be found at various farmer’s markets in Seattle, be sure to check their Instagram for updates on where they will be next. For more information, visit annieandstella.com.
Zuri’s Gourmet Donutz
Baking up some dezzerts, savory bites and over-the-top sips, Zuri’s Gourmet Donutz is one of the best Black-owned bakeries in Seattle. The doughnut spot is owned and operated by Davis Vincent, who curated the menu for Zuri’s Gourmet Donuts to be a creative lineup that you won’t be able to find at any other shop in town. Some not-so-traditional flavors include ocean, lavender, picante and ube. Most of Zuri’s doughnuts can be made gluten-free or vegan for those with dietary constrictions. Zuri’s Gourmet Donutz is open Friday, 6 a.m. to noon, and Saturday and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit zurisgourmet.com.