The Strawberry Watermelon Cake at Black Star Pastry is such a hit that N and I always have our hopes set on another delicious cake from their cabinets. With the flavours of black sesame and yuzu making a show in their cakes in 2016, after several failed attempts at finding the cakes in store, we finally got lucky!
This is their Black Sesame Coconut Yuzu Cake ($8.00). The black sesame layer is firm with the strong nutty black sesame flavour that I love, while the coconut layer resembles a thick mousse with a slight acidity but without much coconut flavour. The yuzu layer has the texture of jelly and yuzu, using yuzu from Hagi, a city in Yamaguchi prefecture in Japan. Most uses of yuzu use the ripe, yellow fruit, but Blackstar uses the unripe, green fruit, which has a more pronounced sourness with a less aromatic flavour compared to ripe yuzu.
While each of these layers is quite tasty on its own, the taste of the flavours of yuzu and sweetened black sesame paste combined result in an uncanny resemblance to the smell of ‘new car’ that’s very unpleasant on the palate because my brain subconsciously resists liking a flavour associated with non-consumables. I love the flavours of black sesame and yuzu separately, but not together, it seems. And now that I think about it, I’ve not encountered a combination of those two flavours in Japan; they always appear separately.
For some more black sesame fun, we try their Black Sesame Chiffon ($5.00), mostly out of curiosity because I’ve found it challenging to have the black sesame flavour come through prominently when baking it at home. Here, it seems they’ve had the same difficulty — while the cake has the colour of black sesame, it lacks any black sesame flavour when eaten without the toasted black sesame on the buttercream icing. There’s not even a hint in the first bite, which I manage to get at home before it fades away as my palate becomes accustomed to the flavour. That aside, the chiffon is feathery light, although the buttercream is overly sweet.
Black Star Pastry is located at 277 Australia St, Newtown NSW 2042.