Black Star Pastry’s enormously strawberry-watermelon cake is a hit all throughout the year, but there’s something particularly apt about it being served on Valentine’s Day. Long before it was sold by the slice at five locations (four in Sydney, one in Melbourne), the vibrant, multi-layered dessert was developed for a wedding.
The simple yet ambitious goal was to make it as romantic as possible, which makes this limited-edition version that much sweeter. After selling out last year, the heart-shaped version of the hugely popular strawberry-watermelon cake is back for Valentine’s Day.
The dainty dessert is layered with airy almond dacquoise (nut meringue), rose-scented cream and watermelon macerated in rose water. And for those whose ideal Valentine’s Day involves flowers, the delicate cake is topped with Iranian rose petals, as well as halved strawberries, crimson grapes and slivered pistachios.
The cakes need to be ordered at least 48 hours in advance, with pick-up available from all Sydney stores on February 12, 13 and 14. Each one costs $40.
Black Star has also lined up two other holiday specials for early this year. There’s an Australiana pavlova for the January 26 public holiday. The traditional dessert is given a twist with native ingredients. Tart Davidson plum curd is mixed through the meringue, which is topped with lemon aspen Chantilly cream, fresh berries and marigold flower petals.
The spruced-up pav is available from January 23 to 26, with a large size for $40 and a smaller number for $10.
And, to celebrate Lunar New Year, the bakery is serving an Asian-inspired take on the classic French macaron. They’re filled with red-bean buttercream and a mandarin compote; dipped in strawberries and chocolate; then dusted with gold and embellished with a message of good fortune.
The Lunar New Year macarons cost $12.50 for three and are available from February 11 to 21.
Pre-orders for all three desserts can be made here.
Additional reporting by Che-Marie Trigg