Iced Vo Vo Cake for Australia Day

24 Jan


If you’re reading this in the northern hemisphere the title of this post may seem nonsensical. Australia readers [and maybe New Zealanders] will get it: this cake pays homage to a biscuit that many of us grew up with. Made by Arnotts it is plain vanilla bickie with puffy pink marshmallow topping and a river of raspberry jam down the centre. The whole creation is then sprinkled with desiccated coconut. Sickly? A bit. To children of a certain generation they were the ultimate in lunchbox treats.

With Australia Day looming Miss8 and I decided to do a riff on this old fav, using cake instead of cookie, as the base.

We used ‘Stay at Home Mum’s’ recipe which you can see here She in turn found the recipe via Raspberri Cupcakes – check out her stunning blog here

Miss8 and I reduced the sugar and omitted the salt but aside from that we found the recipe a cinch to work from & it produced lovely results.

So if you feel the need to do some patriotic baking this long weekend may I suggest this very sweet and very pretty little number?



150g unsalted butter, cubed, at room temperature

¾ cup caster sugar

2/3 cup milk

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups  self-raising flour

1/2 cup plain flour

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

For decoration:

125g unsalted butter

1 ½ cups sifted icing sugar

Pink food colouring

1 1/2 cups marshmallows

1/2 cup raspberry or strawberry jam, whisked until smooth

1/2 cup desiccated coconut [we used shredded]


Preheat oven to 150C and grease and line a brownie pan 17cm x28cm.

Place all cake ingredients into bowl of electric mixer and mix on low until combined, then increase speed and beat until combined and a nice consistency.

Scrape into lied tin and bake for roughly 35 minutes / until cooked.

Allow to cool completely before icing [we put cake in fridge to speed up the process].

To make decoration: beat extra butter and icing sugar until combined in electric mixer – you’ll probably need to stop and scrape down the sides to ensure it is mixed thoroughly.

Add a few drops of the pink food colouring to achieve a light pastel pink.

Heat marshmallows in microwave for 30 seconds on medium heat until they are melted. Working quickly add to the bowl with the pink icing and mix until thoroughly combined.

Leave a wide strip in the centre of the cake then apply the pink icing on either side of the strip.

Fill in the strip with the whisked jam.

Sprinkle the whole cake with the coconut.


50 Responses to “Iced Vo Vo Cake for Australia Day”

  1. Gather and Graze January 24, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    Absolutely LOVE it! Such a clever idea and oh so patriotic! 🙂 Happy Australia Day to you and your family! 🐨

    • thehungrymum January 24, 2014 at 10:46 am #

      why, thank you 🙂 Glad you liked my little play on a family fav 🙂

  2. thepaddingtonfoodie January 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    So quintessentially Australian. It looks just as decadent as my Chocolate Tim Tam Cake post. Have a wonderful Australia Day.

  3. Liz January 24, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    Am one of those “northern hemisphere” folks, so definitely learning here! But you totally had me at “puffy pink marshmallow” 😀 Though I’m coming up with all sorts of crazy when googling “bickie.” Ecstasy pills? Large sum of money? Something else I’m not going to say because I don’t talk that way. (heehee) Though I’m going with the Wiktionary definition of “biscuit.” lol, like I said–learning. Your dessert looks amazing and lovely and happy holiday to you!

  4. quilt32 January 24, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    This sounds similar to something kids in the USA have loved for generations – Hostess Sno Balls. From a Googled site: “Hostess Sno Balls only come in packs of two fluffy pink balls that kinda make me think of ear muffs but they’re actually coconut and marshmallow covered chocolate cakes with a creamy filling”. They also had a raspberry flavor but were chocolate cakes. I’d like your version better.

    • thehungrymum January 27, 2015 at 5:28 am #

      I don’t know why I am only just seeing your comment now Lillian, but thank you 🙂

  5. Tiffany | Baking at Tiffanys January 24, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

    I’m from the Northern Hemisphere and have never heard of this, but it looks intriguing! Must be fun to eat. As a kid, I loved marshmallows, so I’m sure I would have eaten this up. I would probably eat it now, too 🙂

    • thehungrymum January 24, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

      As a kid you’d always hope that there’d be an iced vo vo waiting for you in the bickie tin 🙂 I love marshmallows too – the whites one are my fav.

  6. tastytreats13 January 25, 2014 at 12:45 am #

    That looks great! Yum!

    • thehungrymum January 25, 2014 at 5:45 am #

      Thanks! Very sweet so it is a once-a-year treat 🙂

  7. stextc January 25, 2014 at 2:09 am #

    Love the biscuit so a cake of Iced Vovo would be awesome!

    • thehungrymum January 25, 2014 at 5:42 am #

      Are those bickies the best?! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog 🙂

  8. Keeping Up With The Holsbys January 25, 2014 at 3:33 am #

    I love a VoVO, B!! This looks way better than the store bought ones which no longer hold their lustre for me.

    • thehungrymum January 25, 2014 at 5:44 am #

      Ta! Shop bickies are great when you’re little but I think they taste very blah to adult tastebuds.

  9. gottagetbaked January 25, 2014 at 5:13 am #

    I love your variation on the biscuit of your youth – the cake sounds delicious! Happy early Australia Day to you!

    • thehungrymum January 25, 2014 at 5:44 am #

      Sweet nostalgia! Where would bakers be without it?! Thanks for your lovely words x

  10. Choc Chip Uru January 25, 2014 at 5:33 am #

    That is a great dessert to make for Australia Day my friend 😀


    • thehungrymum January 25, 2014 at 5:40 am #

      why thank you, CCU! Hope your long weekend is
      relaxing x

  11. January 25, 2014 at 11:02 am #

    oh wow! a massive more scrumptious version of the iced vovo!

    • thehungrymum January 26, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

      it is extremely large – one slice of this cake would equal about 20 of the bickies 🙂

  12. Jess January 25, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    Lovely recipe, and it looks so delicious! Happy Australia Day! 🙂

  13. Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs January 26, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

    Yum… just YUM. 🙂

  14. Fig & Quince January 27, 2014 at 12:11 am #

    how interesting! entirely new recipe to me. Happy Australia Day!

    • thehungrymum January 27, 2014 at 4:26 am #

      yep – it is quite Australian & very sweet! If sugar is your thing you’ll love it 🙂

  15. Tandy | Lavender and Lime January 27, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    Hope you had a good Australia day weekend!

    • thehungrymum January 27, 2014 at 7:35 am #

      Thanks! We did – went to a fancy Australia Day reception last night & got a fab view of fireworks over the beach 🙂

  16. kathryningrid January 28, 2014 at 1:32 am #

    Great fun! No, I didn’t know the Vo Vo biscuit before. Though it reminded *me* of a Volvo repair shop near my sister’s home that couldn’t spell its own main source of business on its sign! Haha! However, this cake looks and sounds much more enticing than the biscuit itself, so I hope it was fully appreciated by all. 😀
    PS—Happy Australia Day!

    • thehungrymum January 28, 2014 at 10:43 am #

      haha! Volvos – arrgh! We had Volvos growing up – very unfond memories there 🙂 The cake & biscuit is MUCH better than a Volvo!

  17. Sara (Belly Rumbles) (@bellyrumbles) January 28, 2014 at 2:39 am #

    Oh yum! Looks amazing.

    • thehungrymum January 28, 2014 at 10:42 am #

      There was nary a crumb left a day after the bake 🙂

  18. justagirlfromaamchimumbai January 28, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Oh my god that looks absolutely sinful. I don’t think I will be able to move an inch after eating that.

  19. Tina @ bitemeshowme January 29, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    now this is very aussie! hope you had a great australia day x

    • thehungrymum January 30, 2014 at 3:39 am #

      Iced Vo Vos should be on the Aussie flag! Thanks – we had a great day, hope you did too x

  20. bakearama January 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    I have never seen a Vo Vo on my travels but now will be keeping a look out as it looks like something the sugar junkie in me would just love!

    • thehungrymum January 31, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

      Oh yes – you *need* an Iced Vo Vo if you’re a sugar fiend! Or just make this cake 🙂

  21. craftysorcha February 3, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    We have these in the Northern Hemisphere, well in Ireland at least, they are called Mikado, ( they were an essential tea time item in my house!
    I’ll definitely try that cake when my family come over here to France to visit! 🙂

  22. wallflourgirl February 4, 2014 at 6:57 am #

    Yep, not a word of that blog title made sense to me, and I’m STILL loving it. I’ll have to make it sometime, if only for the wow factor of introducing it as an iced vo vo cake 😉 lovely recipe!

    • thehungrymum February 5, 2014 at 9:08 am #

      Go on – dare you to make it & introduce it to your guests as ‘an iced vo vo’ cake 🙂

  23. Sophie33 February 9, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    I leanred something new! This special looking cake looks fantastic too! Yummmmm!

    • thehungrymum January 11, 2015 at 1:02 am #

      I just saw your message Sophie! Thanks 🙂

  24. thefolia February 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

    Happy Belated Aussie Day!

  25. girlinafoodfrenzy February 16, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Iced Vo-Vo’s are the best. Making a cake of the similar ingredients, genius!

    • thehungrymum March 16, 2014 at 9:53 am #

      They are such a staple of Aussie childhood! Thanks – I thought a cake version would be more fun than more bickes 🙂

  26. Lacey January 5, 2015 at 11:17 am #

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try and make it 🙂

    • thehungrymum January 14, 2015 at 10:52 pm #

      It is amazing and so Aussie! Hope you like it 🙂

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