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Lolly cake
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Sliced lolly cake
Alternative names Lolly log
Type Cake or confection
Place of origin New Zealand
Created by 1940s
Main ingredients Malt 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/sweets/confectionery) as a key ingredient.

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


Traditionally Explorer lollies (known as Eskimo lollies prior to March 2021) 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. The mixture is usually pressed into a log shape and rolled in coconut, and then refrigerated until set and sliced. 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.

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