Sometimes, your memory can enhance your experience of the food. Food also generally tastes better the hungrier you are. But there’s a sure sign to know something really tastes delicious — when it still tastes delicious after a meal where you’re so full that you’re convinced you couldn’t possibly fit in another bite.
Black Star Pastry is home to one of those delicious foods: Strawberry Watermelon Cake with Rose Scented Cream ($7.50). Since my last visit two years ago, it’s extended into the shop space next door. Customers now have somewhere with a table to sit at to enjoy your cakes rather than just perching on stools outside on the pavement.
Blackstar Pastry is famous for this cake. And it is, among the long of foods attracting hype, most deserving of the hype — it tastes and looks as good as it’s made out to be, whether it’s the first time I’ve enjoyed it, or the second.
The cake consists of ‘two layers of almond dacquoise, fresh whipped cream, watermelon, strawberries, Iranian pistachios and rose petals’. Blackstar Pastry describes it perfectly as ‘fresh, light and fragrant’. I’m not usually one to eat whipped cream or rose scented foods, but the rose scented cream in this cake is just perfect — it’s fragrant without being like a perfume. The almond dacquoise adds a nutty note to that fragrance, while the crunch of the watermelon and and fresh strawberries bring texture to the cake. Together, each bite is light as a feather.
This makes it the perfect cake to follow a big lunch. Even after you’re convinced you have no room for another bite of food, your stomach will make room for this cake.
Black Star Pastry is located at 277 Australia Street, Newtown NSW 2042.