Lapis Legit

Lapis Legit

If you are on a diet turn around now!

Take a look at the ingredients, this cake is not for the faint hearted. But it’s so, so delicious..

Spekkoek is a type of Indonesian layer cake. It was developed during colonial times in the Dutch East Indies. It contains a mix of Indonesian spices, such as cardamom, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.

The Dutch term spekkoek translates literally as pork belly (or bacon) cake, a name derived from its appearance of dark and light layers. Its Indonesian name lapis legit, means sweet layer cake. The English translation is often given as thousand layer cake, or thousand layer spice cake.


  • 250gr butter
  • 200gr fine sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125gr flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/8tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp cocoa (optional to enhance contrast)
  • Food colouring (optional)
  • 50gr melted butter

Split the eggs and turn the oven on top grill. Grease a 20cm pan and place grease proof paper on the bottom. 18 or 22 cm will be fine, you just have to adjust the grill time.

Beat butter with 100gr of sugar until creamy, then add the yolks one by one. Add vanilla and beat until fluffy.

Take another grease free bowl and whisk the egg whites with the remaining sugar into stiff peaks. Add 1/3 of the egg whites to the butter mixture and combine. Add 1/3 of the flour and combine. Repeat until everything is combined.

Divide the batter into two parts and add the spices to one part. You can now add food colouring to one or both batters to create different patterns.

Take two tablespoons of batter and create the first layer.

Grill for about 3-5 minutes until the batter feels springy. 

Brush the top with butter and add two tablespoons of batter from the second part. Grill and repeat, alternating layers until all the batter is gone.

You could go wild with colours! I made the rainbow cake last year for my stepsister’s birthday. I like to use food colouring on the non-spiced batter only, but you can do it any way you like.

Rainbow Lapis Legit
Uncoloured Lapis Legit
More food colouring, yay!
Pandan Lapis Legit, coloured with Pandan leaf

 Happy Baking!

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