Ok. title says it all.
I’m not sure how I came about know this cake or when (must be long time ago), but because it looks gorgeous, and it has a whole slice of watermelon in it, I was very intrigued. The thing about watermelon is that because it is a fruit with high content of water, it will seep and make everything else watery. I tried using watermelon balls as a topping on top of a tart, and covered with a glaze. It was alright and didn’t seep much. But it was because it’s a topping and it is partially exposed, making it less watery. But to use in the middle of a cake….
There’s 2 solutions
1. The watermelon is cut and sliced, then left in the fridge (to dry) for absorb away some of the juices.
2. The watermelon cake sells so fast that it doesn’t give any chance for the watermelon to seep.
So, I actually visited Black Star Pastry twice in the span of a week. The first was by myself and the second was with some friends. So the verdict was; it’s a very nice and delicate cake. However I cannot be sure about the consistency. The first visit, on a weekday, the cake had a very noticeable rosewater taste on its dacquoise and the dacquoise was more well soaked thru. On my second visit (On a busier day with a very long queue), the rosewater was very faint and the dacquoise was slight crunchier and nuttier in taste. I can’t say which version I would prefer but if you give me one without the other, I would still love it. Back to the comment #2 (above), because the cake was moving so fast, I’m guessing the soaking of dacquoise with syrup was done hastily, thus probably missing some parts.
But it is still a really delicious cake that I should make it again at home.
I also tried another chocolate cake they had in the shop but, really, you just cannot say no to this Watermelon & Strawberry Cake. If this is your first time visit to Sydney (or even after many times) and you want something refreshing, gluten free, light and delicate, you should come try this cake.
Black Star Pastry
277 Australia St, Newtown, NSW, 9557 8656.
7am – 5pm 7 Days