19 Feb Black Star Pastry Opens Pop-up in Carlton!
Black Star Pastry – makers of Australia’s favourite cake, sails the ‘Goodship’ onto the shores of Melbourne. The 3 month pop-up will make its temporary home in Carlton, next to Cafe Italia. The Newtown patisserie needs no introduction, having graced the smoky hills of the Night Noodle Markets, in 2015 and 2016. Cake lovers eagerly queued, for a taste of the infamous strawberry watermelon cake, deprived from the alley-loving Melbournians. Arguably, our food scene is still better :P. Owner Christopher Tie, started the Newtown branch in 2008, getting an Aussie and worldwide stamp of approval. A quick search on Black Star Pastry, will garnish a long list of bona fides – from the ‘world’s most instagrammed cake‘ to more serious foodie credentials. No doubt, my social feeds get inundated with fruity florals every December. Welcome to Melbourne!
Inserting watermelon between layers of almond dacquoise and fluffy rose-scented cream, is an inspired idea. Combined with sweet strawberries, rosewater and a sprinkling of rose petals, the Mediterranean influence is clear. It’s a different flavour profile for cakes, that normally err on the side of sickly sweet (no problem with that). It’s almost a palate cleanser, one that I enjoy after a heavier meal or by itself. Amongst the flurry of naked cakes and fondant, it’s a welcome change. Can you believe over 4000 portions of this cake is made daily, using 1 tonne of watermelon in a week? That’s huge volumes!
At the Black Star Pastry popup, you will also find other cakes – yuzu sesame, pistachio lemon and a frangipane tarts amongst savoury pastries.The pistachio lemon was our next favourite. Fluorescent signage and the Black Star Pastry flag, point to the 20 seater space. The team will also be launching an online store, for customers to order full-sized cakes. The pop-up is around for 3 months, but lets hope the team will sniff out a permanent location. Assess the hype for yourself.
Hungrycookie dined courtesy of Black Star Pastry. All opinions are strictly my own.
Black Star Pastry
56 University St