Jan 272011

I *love* Kek Lapis!

I don’t care that it is ultra high in calories, the fact that it contains 20 egg yolks and uses a whopping 500g of butter just for an eight inch cake. I *love* Kek Lapis. Period.

Truth be told, i’m one of those who will not say no whenever i am offered to sample this delectable cake at mostly shopping malls at this time of the year. Heck, even if i’m not offered, i’d go up and take one sample just satisfy the palate! Yes, i’m that shameless! *hide*


It’s only for this cake. Cookies and others… my interest just isn’t quite there. Hee!

For those who have no idea what i’m talking about (probably just a few of you), Chinese New Year is just next week! One of the must have for the family, apart from pineapple tarts and bak kwa, is Kek Lapis. Instead of buying it off the shelves this year, i took up the challenge from Darcy (again) and baked us not 1 but 2 cakes (didn’t have the right cake pan so i baked another cake using the extra batter simultaneously!)!

I’m mad, am i not? ^_^

It was hard work alright.

I almost didn’t leave the kitchen for 3 hours!

Having said that, i quite enjoy the whole process though. The thrill of squatting down, — yeah, so not glam i know! :P — seeing each layer successfully baked in the oven, the joy of poking the cooked cake with toothpick which emits the most droolicious smell ever and dubiously spreading layer after layer… are really quite delightful!

For a while, i thought the cake would be a flop especially after the first 2 layers. Firstly, i was not using the required cake pan. Secondly, i don’t own a metal fondant smoother, so the first few layers which i pressed down with a spoon, the baked layer got torn a little (i was too rough). And thirdly, i have no idea how much batter i should add and how high the cake will rise up to.

But i’m glad everything turns out quite O.K though there is much room for improvement when i’m baking this cake again next week. ;)

Kek Lapis with Cranberry

(revised version)
20 egg yolks
4 egg whites
500g salted butter
3 tbsp condensed milk
250g sugar (orig : 350g!)
200g plain flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla essence
4 tbsp rum or brandy
60g dried cranberries (optional)

1. Butter the base of an 8″ X 8″ X 2.5″ pan and line with baking parchment.
2. Pre-heat your oven at 200C, selecting the grill function.
3. Sift the plain flour and  spices together. Mix in the dried cranberries.
4. Beat the egg yolks and sugar together until pale yellow, thick and creamy
5. Cream the butter and condensed milk together until soft and fluffy. Add the creamed butter to the egg yolk mixture and mix until combined.

6. Beat the egg whites until medium firm peaks.
7. Fold in the egg whites, followed by the flour mixture into the rest of the batter.
8. Stir in the vanilla essence and rum until well-combined.
9. Spread a thin layer of batter onto the parchment paper.
10. Grill for 7 – 8 mins on the lowest rack in your oven or until lightly golden brown.
11. Remove cake pan from oven and press the baked layer down lightly with a metal fondant smoother. Prick all over the layer of cake with a toothpick.
12. Repeat steps 9 to 11 for each layer.
13. For the last layer, turn the oven down to 150 degrees C and bake on middle rung for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
14. Remove from oven and run a paring knife along the edges of the cake pan.
15. Turn the cake out of the pan and remove the baking parchment.
16. Flip cake back upright and let cool.

Recipe adapted from here.


Submitting this to Muhibbah Monday to Suresh at 3hungrytummies :)

  23 Responses to “Kek Lapis with Cranberry”

  1. The pictures look fabulous.. I’ve never heard of this before… at first I thought it was baumkuhen = ) Gosh, it looks so rich and creamy… toothsome, huh?

  2. I love kek lapis but never had the guts to try it!! Kudos to you on getting it right, the cake looks beautiful!! I am just wondering what you did with the 16 remaining egg whites? Perhaps you can pass them to me and I can make macarons out of them while I pluck up the courage to make kek lapis, LOL!

  3. Geez what an effort! All worth it when you say it tastes so incredibly good. Well done!

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  5. @bailey: the baumkuchen is very similar to the kek lapis! Just that the kek lapis is not typically round, like the tree log :)

    Anyway, gorgeous photos, especially that very last one! i’m super jealous at how you get such great light!

  6. You bad girl! Now I want! :P Seriously, you should give yourself a pat on the back. This is no walk in the park and considering it’s your 1st time effort, it’s amazing how perfect your cake turned out.

  7. I love kek lapis! I have never attempted but by looking at the pics, I am very very tempted to give it a go now!

  8. Hats off to you! These look awesome!

  9. How difficult it is to make kueh lapis and you made it with success! I only tried plain kueh lapis and those with prunes before. What a creative way to add cranberries. :D

  10. nice!! omg i also made kek lapis for this CNY. the recipe i used, used up a whole can of condensed milk :/ Nice touch with cranberries. I made a prune one, this weekend gonna make another one with horlicks. crazy

  11. your kueh lapis look sooo rich and soo yummy!!

  12. it’s looks rich and nice to eat. i will taste it tomolo after i got it, yeah!!!

  13. quite an achievement!! i miss my grandma’s cny bakes!!

  14. Your kuih lapis is so beautiful!! Love the addition of cranberries.

  15. My mouth is watering right now, partially because I’m hungry… but mostly because this looks so good! your photos are so beautifully set up too… and all those layers… I need some cake.

  16. 20 egg yolks :O but if it looks this good, I don’t mind eating it at all. Beautiful capture :)

  17. bailey : not surprised that u have never heard of this before! it hasn’t quite gone ‘international’ yet but very soon, it will methinks! i like the cinnamon in it ;)

    the pleasure monger : hmmm.. i was thinking of macarons and financier actually or meringue! haha! seriously, it’s not that tough.. just very time consuming that’s all. do give it a try!

    john : *smile* it’s all worth it. I love seeing the layers! hahaa!

    janine : thanks!! i have the sun to thank for! ;)

    ju : awww, thanks dear! u gotta give try baking it too. it’s fun!

    mycookinghut : you ought to. you WILL have fun!

  18. shirley : thank you!

    tigerfish : grin. it’s more like because i’ve a packet of cranberry and no prunes! but even if i had prunes, i’d still opt for cranberry. i like cranberry quite a bit ;)

    swee san : OMG! a whole can of condensed milk?!?!?!? horlicks?? wow! now i got request to make one with chempedak. hahhaaa!

    faithy : thanks :)

    cathy : ahhahaaa!

    grub : thank you! grandmas are the best aren’t they?

    ellie : aww.. thanks! i *heart* cranberries!

    brittany : *grin* thank you! hope you got your cake!

    noobcook : yeah man.. 20 egg yolks! but, it’s worth the calories ah! hahahaa!

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  20. Stumbled here and am in love with this at first sight! I don’t know that I’ve ever tried Kek Lapis but it sure looks like I’ve been missing out.

  21. Looks fantastically delicious!!!!!!

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