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Birthday eats

March 3rd, 2011  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  8 Comments

Birthday Cake

One of the upsides of turning older: getting to pin birthday candles into something fun. I am not sure if this cake endured any instance of lighting or wax-melting but it sure was a party highlight. I think it even earned a round of applause!

Someone who deserves many claps and cheers: Will, who secretly organised this one-of-a-kind cake, hatching the plot with Chris The, of the awesome Black Star Pastry. Originally, Chris was going to make a “hug” cake, where the vanilla half meets the chocolate half in a “hug”. I think plans for street art projections were even discussed! This alternative was pretty spectacular though: underneath the white “petals” were chocolate, raspberry and a genius layer of gingerbread.

Applause also needs to go to Levins, who brought over his deep-fryer (!) to cook a generous batch of his reputation-making battered pickles and ranch dressing. So awesome.

Mini macarons

I tried to ply everyone with fun eats (blueberry, half-choc & strawberry Pocky; mini Makmak macarons; Miss Chu rice paper rolls; Sally’s slices of pumpkin delicious) in the hopes it would fuel them for rounds of Singstar. Later, I handed out lolly bags (this is the sole point of turning 30) and the last ones standing enjoyed well-rationed amounts of yuzu sake that Will had employed astounding amounts of detective work to track down. (That’s what friends are for – to share the toast-worthy spoils with.) It was a mega-dose of fun, as ageing-not-so-gracefully should be.

Black Star Pastry, 277 Australia St, Newtown NSW, 2042, (02) 9557 8656

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  1. Justine says:

    That looks incredible! Black Star is just awesome.

  2. Reemski says:

    Amazing! Happy Birthday!

  3. Angie says:

    I did already regret not being able to make it to your party! More so, now!! Please do a replay next year, 31 is the new 30. =)

  4. Y says:

    Happy happy Birthday!

  5. cravenmaven says:


    I licked my monitor.

    Ok I didn’t… { who’m I kidding?? }

    And mini Makmak Macaron’s? I’m drooling with mega envy over here..

  6. leetranlam says:

    It was awesome! And also greater because of all your kind comments, thank you!

  7. tori says:

    Now THAT’S how a birthday should be celebrated. Hope it was fabulous. May this year bring many more good things…

  8. Blake says:

    LTL what do you think the chances are of getting that pickle recipe from Levins?
    sounds incredible

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