New Boonsboro bakery hot out of the oven

June 07, 2010|By HEATHER LOWERY
  • Lacy and Tom Barnhart display some of the treats available at Icing Bakery & Cafe at 7 N. Main St. in Boonsboro.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer,

BOONSBORO -- Icing Bakery & Cafe, owned and operated by Tom and Lacy Barnhart, features a big bay window, sleek dining tables and chairs, and sunny, yellow-painted walls, making it an inviting place to relax, and enjoy a snack or lunch.

The Barnharts have been hard at work since the bakery opened May 18 in Boonsboro.

"We're very new. We assumed we wouldn't be that busy, but we have been. We never imagined Boonsboro would be this busy," Tom Barnhart said.

Lacy Barnhart has had the most experience with the pastry arts and came up with the name for the bakery.

"The name just came to me when I was in culinary school. You know, everyone has that moment when they think about something like that, but I never anticipated it happening at 29," she explained.

With a degree in art history from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a degree in pastry arts from L'Academie de Cuisine, the Academy of Culinary and Pastry Arts, Lacy Barnhart is more than prepared to run her own bakery.


"I went to pastry school at the L'Academie de Cuisine and worked there and then had an externship. Then I worked at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City, but the commute was tiresome and so I got into photography," she said. "The offer for this space came in February and things have taken off from there."

She does the majority of the baking for Icing right now, with her family occasionally helping out.

"My grandmother actually comes in and scoops out cookie dough for me," Lacy Barnhart said.

Within a week after the shop opened, customers already had their favorites, she said.

"Every morning, I have brioche sticky buns, and I make that the day before. I let it rise overnight and then bake it. It's a french bread high in butter, but it's good," she noted. "We sell out every morning by 9 a.m."

Brioche sticky buns are one of the many special recipes that Lacy Barnhart uses.

"I also have special chocolate chip cookies that sell very well here," she said.

When asked if she would ever share the secret recipe, she responded with a polite, "no" and a smile.

She makes cakes for the bakery and for other special occasions.

"I used to make wedding cakes and shaped cakes, which were all done by freehand sculpting," she said.

Icing sells various types of cookies, croissants, muffins, scones, Danish pastries and quiche, among other tasty treats. For lunch, panini, soups, salads and wraps are on the menu.

Icing Bakery and Cafe also caters for outside events.

"We just did a catering event for Washington County Hospital," she said. "It was for 200 people, and we got that call right after we gained approval from the health department to open."

The shop is next door to Nora Roberts' Inn BoonsBoro.

"Nora and Bruce (Wilder, Nora's husband) have been very helpful. Nora actually picked the color on the wall," Lacy Barnhart said.

The Barnharts had good things to say about the town.

"Boonsboro has been great. The community is very supportive of other businesses," Lacy Barnhart said.

Icing Bakery and Cafe is on the square in Boonsboro, at 7 N. Main St.

Store hours are Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To contact Icing, call 301-432-5068; send e-mail to; or go to

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