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Best of Canberra – Vanilla slice

By Amy McPhillips 5 May 2015 27

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When it comes to vanilla slice, there seems to be no middle ground. You either love them enough to travel to the other side of Canberra for a good one, or you think the nickname ‘snot blocks’ is entirely reasonable.

While I’ll agree that a bad vanilla slice – the kind with bright yellow, rubbery custard and cheap cardboard pastry that they serve prepackaged at school canteens and takeaway shops – may be deserving of the moniker, a good vanilla slice is not.

I’m partial to French vanilla slice, which is dusted with icing sugar and has a lighter custard than the Australian version, but really, I’ll eat pretty much any variation with enthusiasm.

Whether you like passionfruit icing, pink strawberry icing (a popular vanilla slice topping in Newcastle, I’m told) or enjoy a classic French vanilla slice, tell me Canberra – where can I find the city’s best?

To vote, let me know your favourite vanilla slice in the comments below. With Bec Cuzzillo enjoying a well-deserved break this week, I’ll try the two most popular options and let you know my verdict in next Monday’s Taste Off article.


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astrojax 8:14 pm 24 May 15

ungruntled said :

No doubt about it.
Dickson Cakeshop.
Not flash on the outside. Doesn’t have flash prices either.
But fantastic vanilla slices & pretty good veggie pies as well. As a veggie, I can tell you that not many do a good veggie pie & one does get very, very tired of spinach & cheese. Fifteen or so years ago it was a nice change. But now . . . .

another big up for dickson bakery – their rum balls are the bomb, too [and you shall be gruntled so won’t share my appreciation of their bacon and cheese pie…]

ungruntled 10:58 pm 23 May 15

No doubt about it.
Dickson Cakeshop.
Not flash on the outside. Doesn’t have flash prices either.
But fantastic vanilla slices & pretty good veggie pies as well. As a veggie, I can tell you that not many do a good veggie pie & one does get very, very tired of spinach & cheese. Fifteen or so years ago it was a nice change. But now . . . .

Highway2Mel 7:28 pm 07 May 15

The best vanilla slices or kremsnita are in Croatia, in a small village outside of Zagreb called Samobor. A bit far to go maybe…

Wherearetherealliberals 7:16 pm 07 May 15

Cafe D’Lish in Deakin is far and away the best I’ve had. And you can count that as 2 votes cos once a week I go there to get one for a friend in a nursing home – her weekly treat, not to be missed under any circumstances.

JeremyymereJ 6:52 pm 07 May 15

I don’t mind a traditional snot block (you know the kind, passion fruit icing, not “real” custard) but prefer a layered french vanilla one. For me the key is being able to eat it without it disintegrating. You should be able to bite through the pastry layer and not just have it compress the custard and have it squeeze out the sides. I’m interested to try the winner. The only one I’ve tried is Erindale and it is pretty run-of-the-mill.

oursandy 3:20 pm 07 May 15

Cafe Delish @ Deakin shops. Hands down the best vanilla slice in Canberra! It is the business.

Krazee 3:04 pm 07 May 15

Tank’s Bakery in Yass, use to be a great place for Vanilla Slice, but I think for the last month or so they must have a new Baker, as it is just ordinary now.

RHW 2:38 pm 07 May 15

Café D’lish Deakin, always been wonderful, if you have medical appts in John James etc, that is a treat reward afterwards.

BizzyLizzy 2:37 pm 07 May 15

I enjoyed a layered vanilla slice a la French Mille Feuille at La Sable recently. Other than that, the best I’ve ever eaten was in Budapest! In terms of Canberra, my home kitchen : )

garydlum 1:22 pm 07 May 15

Ricardo’s Cafe Jamison does a good one. My favourite near Canberra are from Gumnut Patisserie in Bowral or Mittagong. Last year I did a Vanilla Slice crawl into Victoria and reviewed five from that trip http://yummylummy.com/2014/11/19/food/yummy-lummys-vanilla-slice-review/

Twev 9:27 pm 05 May 15

Flute bakery in Fyshwick

DB4 8:24 pm 05 May 15

The Swiss Bakery at Jamison many years ago, now it’s Holbrook Bakery on the way to Melbourne.
It has to have the traditional passionfruit icing and ooze custard when you bite into it. I may need to check out all the suggestions to find a good one in Canberra.

Leonard 7:19 pm 05 May 15

In NZ they’re called custard squares…perhaps a more logical name (esp when cut to a square shape.) I still don’t get why they’re called vanilla slice.

Minz 6:27 pm 05 May 15

The best one I’ve had is at Cafe D’Lish in Deakin. Really good.

Vortex 5:40 pm 05 May 15

cafe D’lish in Deakin
Autolyse in Braddon
Both DIVINE!!!!!!

Roksteddy 4:00 pm 05 May 15

+1 for Erindale and Flute
and Dobinson’s for value
I’m also keen to hear of any others I haven’t tried.

Years ago the Mansfield Bakery was justifiably famous for its vanilla slice. I went back there recently for the first time in many years. I can honestly say it was the worst vanilla slice I have ever had in my life. I couldn’t finish it. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

HeighwayQueen 1:39 pm 05 May 15

I’ll be following this thread with interest! Vanilla slice is one of my weaknesses.

JazzyJess 11:36 am 05 May 15

Tree Eighty3 Café in Bailey’s Arcade

rubaiyat 11:32 am 05 May 15
Amy Birchall 10:45 am 05 May 15

Daffodil said :

On a side note, the pink strawberry icing mentioned in the article sounds quite unappetising!

I agree!

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