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Albany: Buttercream – High tea, Chinese tea, lavender shortbread, ensaimada, bakery, breakfast, sandwiches and oddly … no buttercream (but great ganache)

rworange | Feb 10, 200802:33 PM

The chocolate cupcake ($1.50).is topped with a buttery, intensely-chocolate ganache. The cake is fine, could have been a bit moister, but is mainly there to support that excellent topping.

Just directly spackle my arteries with the ganache … it would be worth it … I’d die happy.

Buttercream, in the old House of Bread location, is not really a bakery, not really a tea room.

The back bakery and counters are still the same as the old House of Bread. The case next to the register has muffins, scones, brownies, cookies and various baked goods (there’s a day-old, two-for-one basket near the coffee). The other counter has plates with fruit tarts, etc.

The table area is much more pleasant. It looks more like a café with a baked goods rather than the House of Bread look which was a bakery with a few tables.

It is not the usual frilly tea room and the focus is divided equally between bakery, lunch spot and tea room. There is no indication other than the menu that high tea is served daily.

There’s a small breakfast menu: Eggs Benedict, poached eggs with bacon or sausage, bagel and lox, waffle and fruit bowl

An out of the ordinary dish is organic chicken longanisa served with garlic rice and two poached eggs.

For lunch there’s a soup of the day, three salads, three sandwiches, quiche and a roasted chicken plate (teriyaki or lemon rosemary).

The menu may change since one of the salads was spinach with tangerines which seems seasonal.

Prices are good for baked goods … $1 - $2 for pastries and cookies. Cake slices are $2.50 - $3.50

Pots of Chinese tea and English are $4. Choices include Silver Needle, Jasmine pearl, Ti Kuan Yin, Golden Monkey, Earl Grey and English breakfast.

High tea for one ($14) includes choice of tea sandwich, raisin scone with cream and jam, choice of one tea pastry and endless pot of tea.

Coffee is Mr. Espresso

The current cake/pastry menu has
- lemon bars, date bars, brownies
- blueberry or banana muffins
- coffee cake, butter cake, marble pound cake, apple cake
- lavender shortbread, palmiers, oatmeal raisin cookies, chocolate chip cookies
- chocolate cupcake with chocolate ganache
- carrot cupcake with cream cheese icing
- fruit tart, ensaimada, scones (cranberry or raisin), croissants
- lemon torte
- chocolate cake with caramel frosting
- cream cake with seasonal fruit
- mini Scharfenberger cake

With the longanisa and garlic rice for breakfast and the ensaimada in the bakery, there seems to be a touch of Filipino influence here.

Buttercream Bakery & Cafe
841 San Pablo Ave, Albany 94706

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