Black Star Pastry, Newtown

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.

Together with our dis­ap­point­ment in their Raspberry and Lychee Cake, we’re com­ing back here only for the Strawberry Watermelon Cake in the future.

Black Star Pastry is loc­ated at 277 Australia St, Newtown NSW 2042.