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How did I miss Buttercream Bakery & Cafe in Albany?

AntarcticWidow | Feb 7, 2010 08:14 PM

A friend of mine posted on my Facebook page about treating herself to tea and cupcakes at Buttercream, and if I hadn't already done so, to try the ube (Filipino yam) cupcake. She wrote that it was “a few doors north of Solano”, so after catering a photoshoot I stopped by on the way home. I pulled up to a parking spot still trying to figure out where it was and it turned out I parked right in front. They had white shades drawn halfway down to block the bright afternoon sun, and of course, their restaurant name is printed on the upper half of their window in white, which explains why I've never seen it.

They were busy this afternoon. People were enjoying the sunshine and there was a chatty mood in the restaurant – no super bowl fans here! The dining area is somewhat L-shaped, decorated with teapots and the like. They have a breakfast and lunch menu (served during traditional hours) and a high tea menu that is offered throughout the day. After chatting and verifying my ethnic background, the gal helping me pointed out their filipino breakfast – organic chicken longanisa (filipino-style sausage) served with garlic fried rice and two poached eggs. Longanisa is traditionally made with pork, so I am interested in the organic chicken style sausage.

I came away with four cupcakes – ube, chocolate with chocolate ganache, red velvet, and what I expected to be lemon turned out to be mango. Yum-yum-yummm … they were 2$ apiece ... I don't know if that is expensive or not, but I've also never seen ube or mango cupcakes before, so it was worth it to me.

The buttercream frosting on the ube cupcake was a lovely lavender color as was the cake, with chunks of buko (young coconut) layered in between the cake and frosting. Tasting the individual components, I thought it tasted more of coconut. I don't believe I've ever eaten ube by itself, and it always seems to be in some kind of sweet treat like ice cream or cake, never in a savory dish. The frosting on the mango cupcake tasted of fresh mango, with a thin layer of fruit between the frosting and cake. The cream cheese frosting on the red velvet cake tasted like cheese and not some sugary mass. The chocolate was my least favorite, maybe I'm just burned out on chocolate.

Their display had a variety of cupcakes, small (6”?) cakes, fruit tarts, scones, handmade chocolates and other treats. Their website gives details about the owners, their catering services, cake orders.

According to their website, they are open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 8am to 5pm, Sundays from 10am to 5pm, closed Mondays.

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