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Where's the Best Vanilla Slice in Adelaide?

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Published January 12th 2015
Some cakes are iconic and fall in to a category that can only be described as "must haves". One such cake that falls in to my must have category is the vanilla slice. But there are "real" ones with soft and creamy custard surrounded by biscuit bases, and then there are the not-so-real gelatine injected varieties that wobble and slice like something from the jelly shop. But where are all the real ones ? And where is the best Vanilla Slice in the Adelaide region ?

D&M's Bakery at Angaston proudly displays a sign outside their bakery / café to state that it is the home of the best Vanilla Slice in the Barossa Valley. And yes indeed, it does taste good. Soft luscious egg custard that has a remarkable consistency and falls on to the fork as slices are slowly carved from the slice. The hardened biscuit bases topped with a layer of decorative icing sugar complete a great contender for the best vanilla slice.

D&M's Bakery
Best slice in the Barossa Valley - Steve Hudson


Winning first prize at the 2014 Royal Adelaide Show means the Village Baker at Burnside knows how to make a good vanilla slice. And sure enough, it was good. Soft velvety custard that is attracted to the fork, enveloped with a soft but rigid biscuit base and complete with a sweet iced topping. Unfortunately a warm day meant the slice wasn't looking the best by the time I arrived in the afternoon, but at least that did not impact the taste.

Village Baker
2014 Royal Adelaide Show Winner - Steve Hudson


Hanhdorf is a favourite place to visit and the vanilla slice at Otto's Bakery makes the visit all the more worthwhile. A smooth and creamy custard centre is topped by a hardened crust and iced egg white topping, while the base is soft but firm. The consistency of the filling is one of the better ones meaning that it is firm enough to hold together, yet soft enough to get all over the fingers, face and the mouth as it is devoured.

Otto's Bakery
Otto's Bakery


While down the road at St George's Bakehouse there is a real beauty of a vanilla slice. With a butter cream icing as a topping, a hardened top biscuit and slowly softening bottom biscuit, what more could one ask for ...... other than a egg custard with a faint teasing of vanilla, and texture that rivals some of the best cheesecakes out there. This fluffy high rise melt-in-your-mouth rich creamy vanilla custard slice is certainly up there as one of the best.

St George's Bakehouse
St George's Bakehouse


It is a tough choice to choose between these four, as all four were good. If I was chained to a post and forced to choose, the slice from Otto's Bakery is the pick, with St George's Bakehouse coming a very close second.

What do you think about the Vanilla Slice ? Is it the icon of the cake world ? Where are the best Vanilla Slices hiding in South Australia ? How far would you travel for your vanilla slice ?


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St George's Bakery looks light and fluffy; however I like the colour and texture of D&M's as well.
by Susan J Bowes (score: 3|2548) 2679 days ago
cherry Darlings Bakehouse
by janet (score: 0|5) 2686 days ago
Dulwich Bakery to me is soooo yummy
by robyn (score: 0|4) 2682 days ago
Ardrossan Bakery has the best Vanilla Slice in SA. It is our yearly pilgrimage on our way down the Yorke Peninsula.
by Kysha (score: 0|4) 2682 days ago
The Vanilla Slice at D&M's Bakery in Angaston is a slice of heaven! And the staff are awesome too!
by box68 (score: 0|5) 2673 days ago
I second the vote for Cherry Darlings and will add Home Grain Bakery at Aldinga to mix, they do an excellent vegan vanilla slice.
by Hayley (score: 3|1016) 2684 days ago
Looks like I need to revisit! I'm a sucker for sweets :)
by Seafarrwide (score: 3|1936) 2681 days ago
St Peters!
by Wandering Foodies (score: 2|479) 2686 days ago
I have to say Vanilla slice is one of my favourites and I really enjoyed visiting Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley. I so wish I had found Ottos in Hanhdorf but I was too into drinking wine that day. Good reason to revisit :)
by Seafarrwide (score: 3|1936) 2682 days ago
It is a long way to the shop if you want a vanilla slice. BUT, Stefano's bakery in Mildura do a very acceptable vanilla slice. Great article.
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1723) 2684 days ago
Gosh Steve, thats a lot of cycling to ward of those calories. How I long for vanilla slice but alas I cannot find a gluten free one. But im glad you tried one for me..lol
by Kat May (score: 3|1448) 2686 days ago
The loose caboose - topping off a great breakfast. Not baked in-house (must ask next time) sensational vanilla slice!
by sia.l (score: 0|2) 2612 days ago
Haven't tried all those listed yet, but good old Balfour's will do me any time
by lloyd (score: 0|7) 2404 days ago
Willamstown bakery has the best vanilla slices.
by r.bel (score: 0|4) 2613 days ago
kalymnos pastries henley beach road.
by wayne (score: 0|5) 2664 days ago
Once youve tasted a vanilla slice at seacliff bakery on seacombe road you will not want to try any others anywhere.
you will drive out of your way to have one .
the pies and pasties selection to die for and vegetarian pasties oh my god, so mouthwatering. Mmm,,!
Not one person goes in there comes out with single item
score 12/10
by maers (score: 0|2) 2169 days ago
An update
Not just a biscuit a small coffee shop and bakery on Greenhill road at Toorak Gardens has the most amazing vanilla slice. Debbie makes everything from scratch homestyle. The vanilla slice has the lightest flakiest pastry and the filling is swoon worthy and the top has just the right amount of passion fruit icing.
by pwith (score: 0|6) 1520 days ago
St Peters Bakehouse (Ridgehaven, St Peters, Thebarton) - excellent luscious vanilla slice! :-)
by ruth. (score: 0|2) 578 days ago
Dulwich Bakery for sure!
And also the home to the worlds largest vanilla slice...http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/largest-custard-slice
by danie (score: 0|2) 1991 days ago
kalymnos pastries henley beach road.
by wayne (score: 0|5) 2664 days ago
Yankalilla Bakery does a very good vanilla slice
by Stefano (score: 2|215) 2688 days ago
Dulwich Bakery to me is soooo yummy
by robyn (score: 0|4) 2682 days ago
Beck's Bakehouse! Oaklands Rd, Oaklands Park & Cumberland Park.
by Trish Spencer (score: 0|4) 2683 days ago
Dulwich's Bakery in the Unley Shopping Centre - the BEST vanilla slice this side of town!
by nomes (score: 0|8) 2685 days ago
ballet Cove Bakery
by julie (score: 0|2) 2685 days ago
Orange spot glenelg
by cheal (score: 0|2) 2686 days ago
I'm a vanilla slice addict and Angaston gets my vote hands down. Best one I've ever had
by missb (score: 1|11) 2686 days ago
Williamstown bakery
by craig (score: 0|2) 2687 days ago
Bake’s Bakery on Coromandel rd, Coromandel Valley.

It is less sweet than most slices, allowing for real appreciation of the texture and flavour..
by Langm (score: 0|6) 110 days ago

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