Citizens, few desserts are as rich, visually stunning and delicious as this Indo (Dutch-Indonesian fusion) recipe!
Spekkoek (spekuk in Indonesian), also more popularly called (kue) lapis legit in Indonesia, was developed during colonial times in the Dutch East Indies and may have been based on Dutch cake recipes using local ingredients.
The firm-textured cake is the Indo version of baumkuchen, but without a chocolate or sugar shell.
It contains a mix of spices, such as cardamom, cinnamon, clove, mace and anise. The cake is very rich – a 20 cm × 20 cm (7.9 in × 7.9 in) cake can contain up to thirty egg yolks, 500 grams (18 oz) of butter, and 400 grams (14 oz) of sugar.
In Indonesia, the cake is popularly known as (kue) lapis legit, literally “delicious layers (cake)”, because it consists of many thin layers of cake. As a decent lapis legit has at minimum 18 layers (and preferably up to 30), baking it is a very labor-intensive process requiring much patience.
Each layer is made by pouring a small amount of batter from a cup into the baking tin, which is then put into an oven until the layer has turned golden from the heat. The tin is then removed from the oven and the process repeated to build up the remaining layers.
Dutch ovens with a charcoal fire on top of the lid are said to produce the best results, while electric ovens are superior to gas ovens as cakes bake much faster in the former.
Citizens, my version of this recipe uses my special blend of spices and vanilla – I hope you enjoy it!
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