Australians and ex-pats returning home often bring with them the knowledge and flavours of other cultures. It’s a time-old tradition, dating back to the first settlers. The British brought beer and the Europeans brought pasta—among many other ingredients. The pandemic has brought a lot of people home, and it seems they’re bringing all sorts of fun and interesting condiments and foods with them. One Aussie brought chilli honey to our shores, and now, Londoner Ant, and French native, Lucie, are bringing a piece of San Sebastian’s iconic basque cheesecake to our streets with Black Cream.
“Once I tasted what I considered to be the best cheesecake in the world, I wanted to share that with my family and friends. To bring a piece of San Sebastian to their lives. So I spent months creating my own recipe, recreating the aroma, flavour, and texture. When I gave the cake to Lucie, it then became about sharing it with the rest of Sydney in a beautiful and provocative way,” says Ant.
Ant was living in London when he decided to visit San Sebastian with a friend. Already an avid baker, Ant had his eye on trying the basque cheesecake in San Sebastian, but after a few days trying, he finally got his hands on a slice on the last day. Boarding the bus to his next destination, Ant and his friend dug into the cake, and the rest they say is history.
“When I came back home, I was obsessed with recreating the cheesecake. I tried different recipes, tweaking them here and there until I found the perfect one. I shared the cheesecake with friends and they all asked me to start a business, which is where Lucie comes in,” says Ant.
“Lucie is my brother’s girlfriend, she’s the creative one. I had no idea where to start or how to start, but Lucie put together the website and social media, and from there, we started officially selling to the public in January of this year.”
Although, Black Cream is just a side hustle explains Ant. Lucie is a web designer and Ant is an actor. Both work their full-time jobs while keeping up with the growing demand for their seriously creamy cheesecakes.
“It’s all part of the hustle,” says Ant.
“As an actor, we have our hands in multiple cookie jars at once, and there are people who are multifaceted, so for us, running Black Cream is just another thing to do.”
As for the cheesecake, each is cooked in a commercial kitchen and delivered directly to your door. The cakes are available in the traditional basque or the black, which is a dark chocolate flavour. Orders placed before Thursday are delivered Friday and Saturday between 10 am and 2 pm. At the moment, they’re only delivering to Sydney Metro, but they hope this will change soon.
“Both Lucie and I enjoy sharing our life experiences through food— it’s a language. A language that has connected us, regardless of our cultural barriers. Bringing the Basque Cheesecake to Sydney felt like us continuing that shared language. We love seeing that experience reflected in and appreciated by the people we share it with,” says Ant.
“One day, we’d love to have a little shop somewhere where people can come in and try the cakes fresh out of the oven. It really does have a different taste and experience,” says Lucie.
Sydney deserves the best cheesecake in the world and we’re here to give them.
You can now buy mini cheesecakes, in boxes of four to be delivered to your door. Choose from the basque box, or a mixed box for two mini basques, and two mini chocolates. Each box of four costs $32.
The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.
From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.
Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.
Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.