Iconic New Zealand Lolly Cake

For kiwi’s young and old, this will be a blast from the past.  This is pure indulgence and now that we have the ingredients readily available here in Aus. then it’s time for everyone to try this simple recipe.

Honestly it will take you 5 minutes to make.


5 MINUTES OF YOUR TIME – here we go:

  • Crush Griffin’s malted biscuits until you have 1/3 pulverized, 1/3 medium chunks, 1/3 large chunks. 
  • Cut up Eskimo lollies into bite-sized chunks and add to the  Malt biscuits.
  • Warm butter and condensed milk in microwave, or slowly on stove top: DO NOT BOIL.
  • Mix butter, condensed milk with crushed Malt biscuits and  Eskimo’s together.
  • Tip onto a bench once combined, then use your hands to form into a firm log shape. (It sometimes looks like it won’t come together, but keep working with your hands).
  • Roll into shape, Log/slice/rolls: the iconic shape was the log, then roll in coconut.
  • Wrap in Cling film if making the roll – to keep shape.
  • Chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours or until set (I can never wait that long).
  • When set, cut into slices and serve.
Honestly it is that simple but you will love it.  It’s an absolute all time favourite in kiwi households. 
It was also one of those recipes you could get the kids to make.  The recipe originated in the 1940s  and has been served in cafes and bakeries ever since. If you go on holiday (when we open up travel again post COVID), you will find these in nearly every bakery.
Now I am always considering diet as being “all things within moderation” but I can’t moderate this one.  Luckily it is one of those things you make as a treat on special occasions.

Here are some images of the 2 ingredients you absolutely need and never ever substitute the eskimo’s.  


Setting the Lolly cake options: It takes around 1-2 hours in the fridge but you can speed up the process by putting it into the freezer for 20 minutes. 

Best way to store the Lolly cake: I store mine in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, (if it lasts that long!). Or you can leave it in the log shape wrapped in cling wrap in the fridge for up to a week before slicing and serving. 

Make a double batch and freeze one: You can freeze it in the log form wrapped in cling wrap= thaw before slicing and serving. It will last for approx. 3 months in the freezer. 

Substitues instead of Eskimos in Lolly cake:  Now I said absolutely no substitutes for Eskimo.   But if you really have to substitutes, here are some alternatives.  There are lots of variations around. You can use fruit puffs or bananas. I have also seen versions with liquorice allsortsclinkers.

Substitutes instead of Malt biscuits: You can other plain biscuits like Griffin’s Superwines, Milk Arrowroots or Maries. But Malt biscuits give it the most authentic taste. 

Disclosure: Although we have links to products like buscuits and lollies – we have no affiliate associated with these businesses.  It was just a quick way to get your hands on the products should you wish.  Enjoy