Black Star Pastry, the Insta-famous patisserie and bakery behind Sydney's favourite cake, has finally put down roots in Melbourne. What started as a pop-up under the Rain Room's Jackalope Pavilion in November 2019 is now a permanent bakeshop selling cakes, croissants, custard flans (the patisserie's take on a Portuguese pastel de nata) and St. Ali coffee.
The permanent digs means that Melburnians can order party-sized cakes for the first time, so you can make a 45-person strawberry watermelon cake the centrepiece of your next birthday bash. In total, there are six cakes on offer including Japanese forest, a boozy twist on the traditional black forest with green tea, plum wine and ume fruit; and the vegan chocolate popcorn cake, a fudgy cocoa bomb topped with kettle corn and freeze-fried raspberries. Be still, our thickened arteries.
Is the return of the St. Kilda outpost a sign that the Rain Room will grace us for another season? It's looking likely for late 2020, which just goes to show that you really can have your cake and eat it too.