Lapis Legit Cake
Lapis Legit (Dutch: spekkoek) is spice-flavored multilayered cake. A legacy of Dutch occupation in Indonesia, the cake is enjoyed during Eid ul-Fitr and Christmas celebrations. In the Netherlands, the sliced cake is served as dessert in Rijstafel (Indonesian rice table).
The cake has firm texture, similar to Baumkuchen in a baking plate but without chocolate or sugar shell. The cake requires lots of patience to bake. Each thin layer is made by pouring a small amount of the batter from a small cup, baked one layer after another in the oven until golden with heat from the top. Cake baked in gas oven has better aroma compared to cake baked in electric oven, but a Dutch oven with charcoal fire on top of the lid produces the best result.
In case clove buds or cardamon seeds are difficult to find, use spekkoek powder as a replacement. Milling and mixing the spice before baking produces a cake with an excellent aroma.
Notes, tips, and variations
Adding to the complexity of the baking process, some cake shops add dried plums (prunes) inside and on top of the cake.