Queen B – Honey Sugar Infused Kouign Amann
Cinnascone – Rolled Buttermilk, Cinnamon Filling
Trail Mix Cookie – Oatmeal, Peanuts, Raisins, M&M’s, Granola
Red Velvet Cupcake – Cream Cheese Icing, Chocolate Pearls
Snickers Brownie – Fudge Brownie, Caramel, Peanut Butter Nougat, Chocolate Ganache
Happy Camper – Graham Cracker Crust, Sea Salt Dusted Ganache, Fluffy Toasted Marshmallow Topping
Unknowingly having already tasted one of Tiffany MacIsaac’s fine Desserts at All Purpose Pizza, the fact that their supersize Rainbow Cookie had been made at next door Buttercream Bakeshop not discovered until days later, it was after lunch at Arroz by Mike Isabella that a visit was paid to the small store at 1250 9th St Northwest where service is friendly and claims that “everything is yummy” are almost completely justified.
Considered for years to be one of The DMV’s most talented Pastry Chefs, MacIsaac’s work previously experienced at both Birch & Barley as well as GBD Fried Chicken and Doughnuts during prior visits to the area, Buttercream Bakeshop originally opened its doors in mid-2016 when Tiffany partnered up with Alexandra Mudry-Till who she met while working at Buzz Bakery, the two correctly foreseeing Shaw as an area on rise and giving guests a sweet place to stop seven days a week.
Designed as a take-away only shop, the floor plan tight and decorations limited to a few bright paintings, some knick-knacks and menu boards hanging over glass cases full of temptation, it was during a brief lull in traffic that two guests chatted with the clerk before selecting a half-dozen treats packed up in a box for takeaway, the cost cheaper on average than A Baked Joint and other Bakers & Baristas with results that were at least equal and oftentimes much better.
Acknowledging that two o’clock in the afternoon is not an ideal time to visit a bakery that opens at 7:00am, the “Queen B” seemingly a good idea but already drier than would be ideal after 7+ hours exposed to air, it was with this lone item discarded that the next five tastes impressed by way of taste and texture, the Trail Mix Cookie a chewy and toothsome round sweetening an Oatmeal base with Raisins and M&Ms while roasted Peanuts added a bit of salinity, the Red Velvet Cupcake reminiscent of that at Buzz with a 3:1 ratio of dense Chocolate Cake to tangy Cream Cheese Frosting.
Focused mostly on American Quick Breads, Cookies and Bars with a twist, the highly praised “Happy Camper” succeeding where many riffs on S’mores fall short by adding a bit of Sea Salt to help mellow a thick layer of toasted Marshmallow topping, it was actually in another square listed as a Snickers Brownie that the best taste of MacIsaac’s talent was found on this visit, the base itself not too dense with Chocolate beneath Caramel and Nougat studded with Peanuts while the sugar-glazed Buttermilk “Cinnascone” was not far behind in terms of deliciousness.