Dessert enthusiasts still amazed by the correct way to cut a vanilla slice

Mar 14, 2024
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For years, vanilla slice lovers have wrestled with the challenge of cutting their beloved treat without creating a custard catastrophe.

Recently, however, the secret got out on the perfect way to cut the much-loved pastry thanks to Ferguson Plarre’s Bakehouse in Melbourne who shared the correct method, much to the excitement of dessert lovers across the country.

Rather than making the customary top-to-bottom slice, the ingenious baker adopted a unique approach by tilting the slice on its side, and placing the custard on top.

She then elegantly guided the knife through the vanilla slice, preserving its pristine layers and structure.

“When you realise you’ve been cutting a Vanilla Slice wrong your whole life,” the bakery captioned the video.

@fergusonplarresbakehouse When you realise you’ve been cutting a Vanilla Slice wrong your whole life … #fergusonplarre #howtotiktok #howtovideo #howtocut #fergusonplarresbakehouse #vanillaslice #vanillaslice #bakeryhacks #cuttinghacks #melbournebakery ♬ NANANA COLA IAN ASHER EDIT Out Now On SoundCloud – Ian Asher

Dessert lovers from near and far were left astonished by the innovative slicing technique, which will no doubt forever change the way they enjoy their beloved vanilla slices.

“Simple yet effective knowledge that,” one person wrote.

“Why have I never thought of this.”

“This is actually so helpful,” another commented

“That’s so simple. thanks. must try today.”

“Mind blown.”

“My god, I didn’t even think of that.”

The reveal of this simple method comes after Australia’s Best Vanilla Slice was recently crowned, the highly sought-after title going to the North End Bakery Shepparton – a small family-owned bakery from regional Victoria.

If all this talk of delicious vanilla slices has inspired you to create your own culinary delights then check out Starts at 60’s recipe for an easy and scrumptious vanilla slice.


  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 300ml thickened cream
  • 2 x 100g packets instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 500ml milk
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp soft butter
  • 2 tbsp boiling water


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Prepare two pastry trays by greasing them with butter.
  3. Place the pastry on the trays and prick them with a fork all over.
  4. Bake the pastry for 20 minutes until golden, then remove from the oven and set aside.
  5. Next whip up the cream, stopping when it forms peaks and place it in the fridge.
  6. Mix together the vanilla pudding mix and milk in another bowl until combined.
  7. Take the whipped cream out of the fridge an fold the mixture into the pudding mixture.
  8. Spread the mixture over the top side of one of the pastry sheets and put the other sheet on top.
  9. Sift some icing sugar into a bowl and add in the butter and water.
  10. Mix the ingredients to form an icing and then spread over the top of the slice.



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