In one word: Yellow
I found the opportunity to pop into the Caulfield Plaza and visit its no frills bakery. First impressions of the French vanilla slice were mixed; A good size, at $3.50 the price was reasonable, but I couldn't see past its yellow pastry! After tasting, I was left feeling slightly bemused by the plain cream filling, whipped to a nice texture but with no vanilla flavouring. The pastry was not only yellow, but also an unusual texture, similar to the shortbread texture I have tasted in the past in a few other slices. Certainly not layers of golden baked flaky pastry or a traditional vanilla slice by any stretch, altogether it was a forgettable experience.