Lolly cake

Lolly cake

Sliced lolly cake
Alternative names Lolly log
Type cake or confection
Place of origin New Zealand
Creator 1940s
Main ingredients Malt biscuits, butter, sweetened condensed milk, fruit puff sweets (usually Eskimo Lollies)
Food energy
(per serving)
1100 kcal (4605 kJ)
Cookbook: Lolly cake  Media: Lolly cake

A lolly cake or lolly log is a New Zealand cake or confectionery that features "lollies" (candy/sweets/confectionery) as a key ingredient.[1]

The exact origins of this cake are not really known. Lolly Cakes were known to have been consumed in the 1940s, but was not commonly available until the 1960s in grocery stores.

How It's Made

Traditionally Eskimo lollies or fruit puffs are used, which are like firm, but soft and chewy marshmallows. Chopped lollies are added to the base mixture, which consists of crushed plain malt biscuits combined with melted butter and sweetened condensed milk.[2] The mixture is usually pressed into a log shape and rolled in coconut, and then refrigerated until set and sliced.[3] Other ingredients can be added or substituted. Lolly cakes are very similar to the Northern Ireland traybake confections known as fifteens.


Lolly cakes can be found in most New Zealand grocery stores, and some dairies and petrol stations. Finding lolly cakes in the Cook Islands is difficult, even though residents of the Islands are New Zealand citizens. Lolly cakes can be difficult to find in Australia, even in areas where many New Zealand migrants live. In the United Kingdom, lolly cake is available at some antipodean cafes and coffee lounges.


  1. Cuthbert, Pippa; Wilson, Lindsay Cameron (2007). Cookies!. New Holland Publishers. p. 87. ISBN 978-1-84537-681-9. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  2. Cooking Time: Lolly Cake on YouTube
  3. Freeman, Isaac. "A Natural History of Lolly Cake". Christchurch, New Zealand. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
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