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Apr 11, 2011 12:24 AM

Kuala Lumpur - The MOST colorful cake in the world!

I came across Sue's Sarawak layer cake from her promotional booth at Great Eastern Mall in Jalan Ampang last weekend. The cake was insanely colorful and, I'm told, atypical of the layer cakes coming out from Sarawak, Malaysia's state in Borneo.

Tastewise, it's a close variant of the Indonesian baked layer cake (or Speckoek Kueh Lapis Batavia), i.e. very sweet & egg-and-butter-rich.

Still, I thought the effort that went into making one of these dazzling cakes was simply amazing! They had many variants to the patterns & the colors used, though each cake was pretty expensive due to the effort & premium ingredients used.

Sue's Kek Lapis (promotional booth)
Basement (opposite Cold Storage supermarket)
Menara Great Eastern
303, Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur

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  1. Found this Rainbow Cake at Bisou Bake Shop in downtown KL. Mind-blowingly butter-rich - not sure what'll kill you first: the cholesterol or the artificial coloring used :-D

    Address details
    Bisou Bake Shop
    Lot K-35, Level 3,
    Suria KLCC,
    50088 Kuala Lumpur
    Tel: +603 2166 5525

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    1. re: klyeoh

      LOL. An approximation, even, of VIBGYOR.

      However, picking nits - the violet is off; the indigo looks like blue; the blue is off and should be swapped for the indigo layer. :-D Oh, the red and orange hues are not quite right either. ;-)
      OK, OK...very good effort. :-)

      1. re: huiray

        But it's quite pretty, no? I was mighty impressed - it's been a looong time since I saw a cake at a display counter and thought to myself, "I MUST have that!" :-D

        1. re: klyeoh

          Quite pretty, yes. I certainly would be impressed too! ^_^
          (Although Sue's cake in your OP is even more impressive)

          1. re: huiray

            Oh yes, Sarawak layer cakes tend to be pretty psychedelic, but I *hate* thinking about how much *handling* went into assembling one of those mosaic masterpieces. Also, it contained more butter than *any* cake in existence in the Western hemisphere!

            1. re: klyeoh

              Did you have a chat to the people at Sue's booth about how exactly they managed to get such an intricate pattern into such a small space? Astounding!

              I've learnt to ignore the handling issue, but I've always had the idea that even small-ish cake factories in Malaysia typically require their workers / assemblers to wear hairnets and rubber gloves? That's a precaution many restaurants don't take re their cooks. I recently recall reading a medium-name chef saying he expressly forbids his workers from wearing rubber gloves when handling food.

              1. re: Julian Teoh

                Julian - there is a cookbook on how to assemble Sarawak layer cakes on sale in Popular bookstores, even the outlets in Singapore, I'd noticed a few years back.

                Yes, I'm also amazed at the skill to transpose native "Pua Kumbu" (Dayak) patterns to cakes! Of course, results from such effort do not come cheap: a small block (0.5 lb) of the cake can cost about RM60 (USD20). It's almost 90% butter/sugar, with a little bit of flour added to bind the ingredients together.

      2. re: klyeoh

        Interestingly, Nook pancake house in Singapore's Lorong Kilat has a rainbow pancake stack - this pic taken off their Facebook page - gotta check this out when I'm back in Singapore next week.

        1. re: klyeoh

          They're short one color and the order is wrong. :-D ;-P

          1. re: huiray

            Doesn't say much for Singapore's education system, huh? Ha-ha-ha!!!

      3. Ah, those Malaysian bakers. Just when I thought I *couldn't* possibly find a more colorful cake than those I'd seen before - I came across THIS (pic below).

        It was from a woman-baker who sells her cakes in Bukit Jalil.

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        1. And some of the cutest cupcakes I'd ever come across - these ones are made by a KL-based Malaysian bakery - don't think I'd seen anything so detailed or fine in Singapore!

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            1. re: RUK

              Indeed. And imagine the *time* and effort taken by the bakers to decorate these little cupcakes!