Classic vanilla slice

Whip up a classic from the comfort of your own kitchen with this delicious vanilla slice recipe! This vanilla slice is topped with a pretty pink icing and filled with plenty of creamy vanilla goodness

  • 24 hrs preparation
  • Makes 16
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Vanilla slice
  • 250 gram square water crackers (eg Arnott’s or Huntley & Palmers)
  • 600 millilitre tub thickened cream
  • 100 gram packet vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 10 gram butter, melted
  • 1-2 tbsp just boiled water
  • few drops of pink food colouring


  • 1
    Line the base and sides of a 22cm square cake pan with baking paper, allowing edges to extend 2cm above the sides. Arrange half the water crackers on the base, trimming to fit if necessary.
  • 2
    In a large bowl, whisk the cream, pudding mix, sugar and vanilla until thick – do not overbeat. Spread the mixture over the biscuits, right to the edges. Cover with remaining biscuits, pressing down firmly.
  • 3
    For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a large bowl. Mix in the butter and enough water to form a smooth, thick, spreadable consistency. Tint pink with a few drops of food colouring.
  • 4
    Spread the icing over slice. Cover pan with plastic wrap. Chill for 1-2 days until the biscuits soften and the filling is firm.
  • 5
    Remove from the pan using overhanging baking paper. Cut into squares. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


  • If liked, replace the filling with a thick, home-made custard made from custard powder and cornflour. Tap the pan on a bench a few times before chilling to remove any air bubbles.

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