Black Star Pastry in Newtown was established in 2008 by Christopher The and the team.
In my excitement I took a ridiculously blurry photo of the cafe- apologies!
Chris spent most of his career in fine dining restaurants, specialising in desserts and since opening Black Star has won numerous awards and has gained much recognition for his amazing pastry skills.
MC and I visited following a large lunch at Doyle’s and waited in line about 10 minutes to order (trust me, it’s worth it!).
The line at BSP- MC waiting patiently outside!
When I got to the front of the line I found it hard to make up my mind but one thing was certain- Watermelon Cake was going to be involved.
The famed Watermelon Cake is the star of the show at BSP and almost everyone who ordered something, bought a slice.
Watermelon Cake, $7.50
The Cake is described on the website as: “Fresh, light, fragrant. This cake has become our signature and is perfect for birthdays, weddings and christenings. The cake consists of two layers of almond dacquoise, fresh whipped cream, watermelon, Strawberries, Iranian pistachios and rose petals. It is Gluten free and requires refrigeration.”
The cake is absolutely exquisite and MC and I were surprised by the combination of sweetness from the strawberries and gelatine, freshness from the slice of watermelon, crunch from the pistachios and lightness from the cream and dacquoise.
Definitely right up there with one of the best cakes I have ever had!
Apart from the Watermelon Cake, BSP also has quiches, sandwiches, and other pastries and cakes.
I decided to buy a slice of Watermelon Cake and Lemon Myrtle for Mitch’s parents.
I also bought a Watermelon Cake, Persian Orange Cake and Frangipane Tart for Wicko and my parents.
I really enjoyed the sweet denseness of the orange cake (something I hope to try to make at home soon), and the almondy taste of the frangipane.
As pistachios and rose are two of my favourite flavours, I loved how much they are used in BSP’s pastries.
Pros- amazing cakes and beautiful presentation.
Cons- you have to wait in line, small and crowded shop with limited seating (it’s worth it).
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Address: 277 Australia St, Newtown NSW
Tel: (02) 9557 8656