Black Star Pastry produces possibly Sydney’s most instagrammed dessert – and now Melburnians have the chance to try the famous Strawberry Watermelon cake. Black Star Pastry opens the doors of its pop up store in Carlton tomorrow Monday 20 February.
I was invited to preview the store and can report that the desserts and savoury pastries that I sample are de-li-cious.
Black Star Pastry‘s cakes are basically fine-dining desserts. You’ll find the same sophistication in the combination of flavours and cooking techniques and a commitment to quality ingredients. No artificial flavouring, colouring or preservatives, green sustainable packaging and friendly passionate staff complete the package.
The Strawberry Watermelon cake consists of two layers of crumbly almond dacquoise (the owner Christopher The said that he really loves to work with dacquoise so it appears a lot in his creations), rose-scented cream, watermelon, strawberries, pistachios and dried rose petals. It’s sweet, fragrant and very prettily presented (hence the Instagram love).
The other sweet I try is the Lemon Zen cake, which consists of layers of pistachio ganache, white chocolate mousse, lemon curd and crunchy pistachio dacquoise. I enjoy the textural contrasts and slightly tangy flavours.
At the moment the Melbourne store will only be selling their core range of sweets but I hope that the savoury options will be part of the menu in the future. I highly recommend their lamb shank pie! The pastry is flaky and light and flies away with a bite and a breath.
They will also open their online store to Melbourne customers so you can order full cakes.
The pop up store will be open for 3 months, with a potential for staying longer depending on their Cafe Italia neighbours, who have hived off their old store room to turn into Black Star Pastry‘s kitchen and some of the outdoor courtyard and undercover area for seating. Melbourne foodies, go and make their pop up a success so that they can be convinced to stay!
To celebrate the opening of their Melbourne store on Monday 20 February they are offering 50 FREE pieces of their signature Strawberry Watermelon cake with any tea or coffee purchase.
Black Star Pastry, 56 University St, Carlton
Mon to Sat 10am–8pm