No sugar coating or fluff, this sweet duo is rising to the top and breaking
glass ceilings with towering masterpieces
The two dessert stars both started off in theater before spinning their creative flair from dramatic to culinary arts. The three-time James Beard Award semi-finalist, Tiffany, moved to NYC at age 18 from her native state, Hawaii, to pursue a career in acting before diving into the world of pastry, climbing the ranks of kitchens from CRU to Allen & Delancy before relocating to the nation’s capital. After five years running the pastry operations for a restaurant group, the ambitious chef struck out on her own to open Buttercream Bakeshop. Meanwhile, Alex went from majoring in drama at Catholic University to enrolling at the Culinary Institute of America where she later externed at David Bouley’s beloved Manhattan establishment Bouley Bakery. After graduation, she broadened her experience in the kitchen of the Relais & Châteaux property Bedford Post Inn before gaining the title of pastry chef at Mercato and appearing on Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes.”
As the in-demand cake designers for one of the country’s top wedding markets, Tiffany and Alex have made a name for themselves as forerunners in trends from drip cakes to ombré and hyperrealist 3D sugar flowers. Tiffany draws from the cascading hibiscus and flora of her native Maui for inspiration. For some of Washington’s most prominent weddings, they will create two-to-ten-tiered stunners in opalescent shades of white or hand-painted, gilded head-turners. Buttercream Bakeshop sits at the highest point of DC’s high-end sweet scene and perhaps it’s no surprise that it can be attributed to girl pow(d)er!
To Tiffany and Alex, the wise Julia Child said it right: “A party without a cake is just a meeting!”