Kueh Lapis

Alright! Finally had time to update the space. Prelims down, now the major exams coming right up in May! i’m definitely no mugger but i totally need 2 months to finish everything. Have lots of memorizing modules this semester. :/ Totally no issues with remembering recipes, but when it comes to my notes.. hmm… i’m sure i”m not the only one like that. HAHA!

Before i digress further or start ranting bout my studies, i rather talk about something more interesting! KUEH LAPIS! Definitely tasty but not an item you want to bake if you are in a hurry. For those of you who do not reside in asia or have not heard of this nonya snack (kueh), kueh lapis (layer cake) is a rich kueh consisting of thin alternating layers made of butter, eggs, spices and sugar, piled on top of each other. Each layer is laid down and then grilled separately, making the creation of a kueh lapis an extremely laborious and time-consuming process.

 kueh lapisKueh Lapis also known as layer cake!

Speaking about it being laborious, it”s definitely one of the most back breaking thing to bake i swear! Mixing up the batter was pretty quick, 5-10 minutes including preparation, but this tiny 20X20cm cake tin took me a good 3 hours to complete. Totally worth the effort if you are making a big one, those who are interested to half or quarter the recipe, i suggest you just drop by any cake store and get them. Not worth the time and effort.

The thing about baking this cake is being patient, which is not one of my virtues.   This is not something you can just mix up the batter, put it in the oven and get down to your own stuff, it requires 100% of your attention.

Basically the 3 thing you need to do for the next 3 hours when you bake this baby:

  1. Stare at the oven (To get the right color on the top from the grilling, anything too light, you will not be able to see the lines)
  2. Pour a new layer of  batter every 3-5 mins and level it with a spatula or anything you like
  3. Continue staring (not literally but you have to keep an eye on it) and hydrate yourself (it gets pretty hot in front of the oven)

Okay! Enough of the introduction. Now the recipe. i’m sure there’re some of you that goes “stop talking & give me the recipe!”



  • 18 egg yolk
  • 5 egg white
  • 240 gm sugar
  • 1 tbsp ovalette
  • 180gm plain flour
  • 1tbsp cocoa powder (omit if you wish)
  • 2 tsp five spice powder
  • 250g butter


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C
  2. Mix egg yolk, egg white, sugar, ovelette, plain cake, cocoa powder and five spice powder at high speed till creamy
  3. Add 250g of butter slowly to the batter
  4. Fill the base of the tin and bake it for 8 mins with top & bottom heat
  5. Grill subsequent layer for 5 mins
  6. Bake the last layer with top and bottom heat for 10 mins
  7. Unmould & let it cool

layer cakeTotally worth the effort! So fragrant & tasty!

For those of you who’s going to try this recipe, do drop me a comment to let me know how it goes! HAHA.. *evil laughter*

Till then, i guess the next time i do this would be a couple of months layer, or unless the family requests for it.

Have fun & Happy baking! Drop me a comment or email if you have any inquiry 🙂


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