Black Star Pastry Melbourne Pop-Up
Black Star Pastry is responsible for some of Australia’s most photogenic cakes. Its Strawberry Watermelon Cake was dubbed “Australia’s most Instagrammed dessert” by the New York Times. And more than a million slices are sold each year.
Founder and pastry chef Christopher Thé started Black Star in Sydney’s Newtown 11 years ago (before that he was at Quay). It’s since expanded with three more shops in Sydney and a number of pop-ups across the country, including one in Carlton in 2017.
This time around it’s south side – at a temporary pop-up in St Kilda, under Jackalope Pavilion, which is home to the equally Instagrammable immersive art experience Rain Room.
In the former Il Fornaio space, a few pastries are displayed on the counter, but the cakes are nowhere in sight (except for framed paintings of each one hanging from the wall). Your first glimpse of the real deal is when it arrives at your table.
Of course, there’s the Strawberry Watermelon Cake (a combination of almond dacquoise (meringue cake); rose-water cream; fresh watermelon, strawberries and grapes; and a semi-sweet jelly).
Other options include the Pistachio Lemon Zen Cake (pistachio dacquoise, pistachio ganache, white-chocolate mousse and lemon curd); Dragon Cake (sliced dragon fruit on sponge with pineapple-vanilla cream and pomegranate jelly); and Raspberry Lychee Cake (chocolate-biscuit base, raspberry marshmallows set into vanilla cream, and fresh lychees and berries on top). A mini-orange and almond meal cake comes soaked in orange-blossom syrup and topped with dried fruits, pistachio and candied coriander. There’s also a fudgy vegan salted-popcorn and chocolate cake.
Aside from cakes, there are plain croissants (some of Sydney’s best), yuzu-sesame danishes, chocolate florentines and gingerbread ninjas, plus new savoury pastries: a vegetarian danish with ratatouille, and a spicy asparagus and ‘nduja tart with goat’s cheese.
If queues aren’t your thing, you can make a pick-up order online here.
Black Star will be in St Kilda until at least Easter 2020, when it'll be serving its popular hot cross buns.
Mon to Fri 7am-4pm
Sat & Sun 8am-5pm