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Entry from January 16, 2019
Thousand Layer Cake (Spekkoek)

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Wikipedia: Spekkoek
Spekkoek (kue lapis legit or spekuk in Indonesian) is a type of Indonesian layer cake. It was developed during colonial times in the Dutch East Indies. The firm-textured cake is an Indo (Dutch-Indonesian) version of the European multi-layered spit cake. However it is not baked on a rotating spit, and contains a mix of Indonesian spices, such as cardamom, cinnamon, clove, mace and anise. The cake is made of flour and yolk and is rich in butter or margarine.[1]

Spekkoek is popular in Indonesia and is served as a holiday treat, especially for natal, imlek, and lebaran. It is also served or given as gifts during many local festivities such as at birthday parties and weddings. In the Netherlands, the sliced cake is traditionally served for dessert in rijsttafel.

Etymology
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.

Preparation
As a spekkoek commonly has more than 18 layers, baking it requires patience and is a very labour-intensive process

Twitter
Lilian’s Kitchen
@LilianHiw
Kueh Lapis: indulgent Dutch Indonesian thousand layer cake. I only make for Chinese New Year. An 8” cake needs 30 egg yolks lots of butter sugar cinnamon cloves mace vanilla & an hour to grill each layer individually But it is irresistibly delicious #lilianscakes #lilianskitchen
2:00 AM - 13 Feb 2018

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Just April
@JustApril78
Replying to @Foodiechats
A Dutch-Indonesian cake called Spekkoek (translation “Thousand Layer cake)! It’s deliciously moist and made with “holiday” spices. Perfect for this time of year! #omnomnomivore
8:47 PM - 26 Nov 2018

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Selegie Soya bean added 3 new photos.
January 8, 2019 at 11:15 PM ·
Also known as the “Thousand Layer Cake”, Kueh Lapis is a traditional snack enjoyed during the festive season of Chinese New Year! Original ($45/kg), Rainbow ($50/kg) and Prune ($55/kg) Kueh Lapis are now available for pre-order in-store or through our online delivery partner, GrabFood and Deliveroo!

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