The pink slice is a fabled delicacy on Wearside. But what makes this scrumptious cake such a Sunderland icon? We decided to dig a little deeper and investigate for ourselves. Join us on a culinary adventure as we guide you through the delicious foodie spots still serving these marvellous Mackem treats!


Tootle over to Fawcett Street in the city centre for a slice of the action! Renowned for their massive portions of hearty dishes and serving up delectable classics, Havershams is a great spot to tuck into a delicious dessert. Why not gather the whole gang and settle in for a scrummy lunchtime treat? Get stuck into a home-baked steak pie with perfect puff pastry and succulent roasted vegetables, and seal the deal with the sweet Sunderland delicacy.

Marshall The Bakers

Loved for their fresh ingredients and traditional baking methods, Marshall The Bakers has developed into a foodie icon since opening in 2005! It has since became so popular around Wearside for their sweet treats, that the team had to open two different stores! So, whether you’re visiting Penshaw Monument and fancy a snack for the journey, or you’re just driving through Houghton le Spring on your lunch break, be sure to pop in and get your hands on a slice of the good stuff! A must-visit!

Deli & Dips

Deli & Dips have arrived to the pink slice party with their own unique twist on the pud! Situated on the corner of Silksworth Terrace, Deli & Dips has become talk of the town with their huge portions, affordable menu and gorgeous pink slice treats! A sneaky trip to this superb eatery is guaranteed to leave you wanting more when it comes to the sweet stuff!

The Bakers Oven

Standing tall on Holmeside, The Bakers Oven is a fantastic spot to grab your next pink slice! A well-known foodie haven that serves lavish dinnertime classics such as rich beef sandwiches and piping hot jacket potatoes, check out The Bakers Oven this November and sample their take on the sugary wonderstuff!

Sue’s Cafe

Perfectly-positioned on Roker’s beautiful seafront, Sue’s Cafe serves up breathtaking views, alongside delicious portions of the wonderful Wearside treat. Why not grab a slice of the action, sip on rich, creamy coffee and enjoy stunning views of our amazing coastline? A quaint family-run business, make sure you visit Sue’s Cafe this November!



150g butter,
215g caster sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 300g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder 160g raspberry jam
230g icing sugar mixture
25g butter
1 1⁄2 tablespoons boiling water Pink food colouring


1. Preheat oven to 170C/150C and line cake pan with oil. Place a generous amount of baking paper inside the tray.

2. Stir butter and sugar until creamy in texture. Add egg yolks and vanilla extract and beat until combined. Add flour and baking powder into mixture and stir. Use flat-bladed knife to mix.

3. Divide dough into two equal portions and place in prepared pan. Spread raspberry jam over dough and place remaining portion on top.

4. Bake for 25 minutes golden. Allow cooling period of 20 minutes before placing onto a wire rack.

5. Sift icing sugar into a bowl. Place butter on one side of the bowl and add one tablespoon of hot water over the butter. Stir until butter is melted and icing is smooth. Add 1 teaspoon of hot water until mixture is a spreadable consistency. Add 1 drop of food colouring and mix until combined. Spread icing over shortbread while wet.

6. Set aside for 1 hour until set and cut into square to serve. Enjoy!

Fancy leaving it to the pros?

Check out one of the stores from our Wearside guide for the real deal!

Looking for some new recipes to try?

Try out our homemade stotties or our Sunderland-style panackelty & share your dishes with us by tagging us on Instagram @sunderlandvibe

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