This is a blog post on making kek lapis which simply means layered cake. This cake is not difficult to make but it takes time and patience. I am no expert it is my first time making it. I got the inspiration to make this cake as I was busy drooling over kek lapis that was sold in a Facebook group that I am on. It didn’t come cheap as it is was made with a labour of love. time as they say. Before i carry on Kek Lapis is different Kuih Lapis as the other is steam and is coconut based. It is also known as lapis legit and spekkoek
Kek lapis is eaten all over Southeast Asia. It has origins in Dutch influence. It is rather easy to find a recipe to make this cake. this recipe is an adaptation of what I have found on the internet. The UK is currently on lockdown hence many of us are finding time to bake and do stay-at-home hobbies. It is a great way to pass the time.
Kek lapis egg quantities
Unlike many recipes, this recipe doesn’t use that many eggs as some recipes. 20 egg yolks not a chance for me. It might compromise on the texture but at least it’s easily available rather than having to buy eggs just to make it. Kek lapis reminds a lot of a compressed buttered omelette due to its eggs content. It is also rather high in calories due to it’s egg and butter content. So do go easy and slow on the serving portions.
For the mold, I use a springform cake time but do feel free to use any mold that works for you or has on hand. Most would use a square tin. Also, I use an icing scraper to compressed the cake down as it cooks. It is not as daunting as it looks but rather time-consuming as each layer is bake separately.
- oven with grill setting
- icing scraper or flat presser to flat the cake as it cooks
- mixing bowl
- electric beater
- Mould to bake the cake I use a springform tin lined with greaseproof paper
- 7 medium eggs
- 150 grams butter
- 100 grams plain flour
- 150 grams caster sugar
- 1 tbsp condensed milk
- 1/4 tsp mixed spice powder
- Heat up the oven to about 180 degree Cel.
- in a mixing bowl add the eggs and sugar beat till the air is mix in. Then add the rest of the ingredients. It should end up in smooth batter. Then spoon a small amount of batter into the prepared mould, just enough to cover the base. Put in the highest height of the oven. Let it cook till it turns brown. It will take about 2-3 minutes depending on the oven.Once it's cook press the cooked layer down with a cake presser then add another layer on top. Cook like before. Adjust the temperature as you go along.Cook till the batter finishes. How many layers it depends on how big the mould is. Normal kek lapis is about at least 10 layers. Once it's done let it cool down, cut into squares and serve.