Whenever I feel like eating dessert, there is one place that never fails to satisfy my sweet tooth. Black Star Pastry is a very popular patisserie located in Newtown, just off King Street and situated close to Newtown station.
Range of cakes on offer at Black Star
The tiny patisserie seats only a few, with some tables and stools on the street for outdoor seating.
Street-view of Black Star Pastry
Despite its small size, Black Star is usually always full to the brim with eager customers.
As well as cakes, Black Star has a chalkboard menu for savoury items, including sandwiches, pies and quiches.
Since my first visit to Black Star earlier this year, I've been back several times to try different cakes, but Black Star's Strawberry Watermelon Cake ($7.50 for one portion) is their most popular item, and also my favourite cake of theirs.
The Strawberry Watermelon Cake, and the Persimmon Raspberry and Marshmallow Cake.
The Strawberry Watermelon Cake contains layers of almond dacquoise, watermelon, and rose scented whipped cream, topped with strawberries, pistachios and rose petals. Before my first visit to Black Star, I often saw pictures of this cake on Facebook and Instagram, and wondered if it would live up to the hype.
Since then, I've found that the Strawberry Watermelon Cake and all the other cakes I've tried definitely live up to their expectations. In this case, I was blown away by how good the Strawberry Watermelon Cake tasted.
Black Star's signature cake, the Strawberry Watermelon Cake is a tantalising dessert sure to satisfy anyone.
Every aspect of the cake works together to create a delicious dessert. Unlike other cakes, the Strawberry Watermelon Cake is not overly sweet. The rose scented whipped cream tastes creamy and light, and provides a nice contrast to the juicy layer of watermelon; and the almond dacquoise gives a nice crunch to the whole cake. The appearance of the cake is also very aesthetically appealing, and is a pleasure to look at. The strawberry topping tastes fruity and works perfectly with the rose scented cream. Black Star is most famous for its Strawberry Watermelon Cake, and it's a must try whenever I come here.
On this occasion, I found that there was a cake that I hadn't seen on display before, so I opted for that one. The Persimmon Raspberry and Marshmallow Cake ($7.50). Just as with all their other delectable cakes, the Persimmon Raspberry and Marshmallow Cake was presented beautifully.
The Persimmon Raspberry and Marshmallow Cake
It had been made in a style that was similar to the Strawberry Watermelon Cake, consisting of layers of fluffy marshmallow, whipped cream, and almond dacquoise; and was topped with pieces of persimmon and raspberry.
Like everything at Black Star, it was overwhelmingly delicious, and I ate the whole thing with relish and still wanted more.
The desserts at Black Star are all presented very beautifully, and each one is delicious in its own way. I honestly think their cakes are the best I've eaten in my life; and it is a very popular place with many other people too.
However, I'm often greeted with surly looks from the servers who frown when you mention that you're eating in.
As it's rather cramped, take away is probably a good option, unless you don't mind squeezing in amongst strangers. The majority of customers don't hang around too long seeing as it's so busy, so it's not too difficult to get a seat.
The ambience is cute and quirky, but the interior is a little stuffy, and there are often flies buzzing around. The service could do with much improvement; but with such good cakes, that won't stop me from eating in or paying more visits to Black Star in the future.
Where: 277 Australia Street Newtown, and C1 85-113 Dunning Ave, Rosebery.
Why: For their amazing range of cakes and desserts, some of which are gluten free.
Cost: Under $10 for various cakes and pies
When: Open 7 days a week, from 7am - 5pm (Newtown) and open 7 days a week from 8am - 3pm (Rosebery)