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I get very excited with all the baking weeks before Hari Raya Puasa (Lebaran). After all, according to most, I bake the best Kueh Lapis (also known as Kek Lapis, Kueh Lapis Legit, Spek Koek, Spekkuk) in the entire clan! Kueh lapis is a traditional Indonesian layered spice cake that's not-so-healthy with lots of butter and egg yolks.


A good kueh lapis should be moist with a subtle touch of mixed spice and "paper-thin" layered. I must say that kek lapis is extremely time-consuming to bake but it's really worth the effort when you see smiling faces admiring the thin those super thin layers.....mmmmm......


Kek Lapis Recipe


360 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature

10 large egg yolks

5 large egg white

180 grams castor sugar, separated

½ teaspoon cream of tartar

4 tablespoons fresh milk

60 grams plain flour

3 teaspoons mixed spice


How to make kuih lapis

1. Beat butter until creamy; set aside.


2. Beat egg yolks with 90 grams sugar.


3. Beat egg whites with remaining sugar till still peaks form; add cream of tartar.


4. Add egg yolk mixture to butter. Add milk and flour; stir to mix well.


5. Next, fold in egg white mixture into egg yolk mixture. Add spice and mix well.


6. Heat grill to moderately hot. Line a cake tin and grease well.


7. To start the first layer, put in 2 tablespoons of cake mixture into cake tin and spread evenly with the back of a spoon.


8. Grill for about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove cake tin from grill, gently prick cake surface with a tooth-pick and press lightly with an aluminum presser.


9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for subsequent layers until the cake batter is used up


10. Remove kek lapis from cake tin and allow to cool on a wire mesh.


Well done, now relax and admire your efforts!


*For non-halal kueh lapis, you might want to add 2 tablespoons rum or brandy to the cake mixture.


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