Tuesday 15 November 2011

Kuching: Kek Lapis

Walking along the streets of Kuching I was often struck by the stalls that sold Kek Lapis (Layer Cake). These cakes, which are a feature of the local cuisine, are like pieces of art in cake form.

They are formed of layers of different coloured and flavoured cake, each layer added one at a time and cooked before the next one is added. The cake is thus built up layer by layer until the cake is complete.

For the more elaborate Kek Lapis, which have geometrical patterns inside them, two or more cakes must be made. These are cut up and added into the layers of the main cake as it is being constructed. Some of the results are most amazing.

When the cake is complete it is not particularly impressive looking but when it is sliced open the magic inside is revealed. 

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