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  • Writer's pictureKelly

How to make a pink slice

Growing up in Sunderland, a pink slice is a proper Makem dessert.

A pink slice is a cake with a layer of jam, another layer of the cake and then a mountain of usually pink icing. Although I have made them Purple and blue before.

My grandad would make them just like his Mam made them and they were so nice. Various shops now sell them but they just aren't the same. So I have taken a look through my Grandads recipes I inherited when he passed away and why did I not see the Pink Slice Recipe!

Anyway, this is how we had them.


330g Butter at room temperature

140g Caster Sugar

4 tsp vanilla extract (you can add less if you don't want a strong flavour)

500g Plain Flour

2 Large Egg yolks

450g Raspberry Jam

550g Icing Sugar

Food colouring - Usually pink.


Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4, Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, add in the vanilla extract, egg yolks and mix in a bowl.

Sift in the flour and combine with a spoon, bringing the mix to a crumbly dough.

Press half of your mix into the baking tray, spread a good amount of jam and the cover with the remaining cake mix. Bake for around 35 minutes. Let the cake cool completely.

In a separate bowl mix the icing sugar with around 100 ml of water, you want a thick but runny icing. Once you have your consistency, add in your food colouring, you can add a tiny bit or loads for a brighter colour.

Let the cake set in the fridge overnight before you cut it to size.

For a different take try different colour icing, or try peppermint, orange or even a turkish delight flavouring.


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