Lolly cake

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Lolly cake
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Sliced lolly cake
Alternative namesLolly log
TypeCake or confection
Place of originNew Zealand
Created by1940s
Main ingredientsMalt biscuits, butter, sweetened condensed milk, fruit puff sweets (usually Explorer lollies)
Food energy
(per serving)
1100 kcal (4605 kJ)

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

The exact origins of this cake are unknown. Lolly cakes are known to have been consumed in the 1940s, but were not commonly available until the 1960s in supermarkets.[citation needed]

The cake is similar to the "Chocolate salami" and to "Fifteens".


Traditionally, Explorer lollies (known as Eskimo lollies prior to March 2021)[2] 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.[3] The mixture is usually pressed into a log shape and rolled in coconut, and then refrigerated until set and sliced.[4] 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 supermarkets, bakeries and some dairies and petrol stations.

In July 2021, Canterbury cookie company Cookie Time introduced a lolly cake biscuit in supermarkets and other retailers. Night 'n Day was the first retailer to sell it.[5]


  1. ^ Cuthbert, Pippa; Wilson, Lindsay Cameron (2007). Cookies!. New Holland Publishers. p. 87. ISBN 978-1-84537-681-9. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Pascall Eskimos lollies changes name to Kiwi-inspired 'Explorers' after racist undertones". NZ Herald. Retrieved 2021-03-09.
  3. ^ Cooking Time: Lolly Cake on YouTube
  4. ^ Freeman, Isaac. "A Natural History of Lolly Cake". Christchurch, New Zealand. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  5. ^ "'Best thing invented': Cookie Time releases colab of Kiwi classics - the Lolly Cake cookie". New Zealand Media and Entertainment. New Zealand Herald. 27 July 2021.