Kueh Lapis is a layered cake immensely popular in the Malay Archipelago region consisting of countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Making Kueh Lapis is a time consuming task that demands a lot of patience. Like all cakes, the basic ingredients of Kueh Lapis are sugar, flour, milk and eggs. There are so many styles and variations when making Kueh Lapis that it is difficult to pinpoint a specific recipe and the ingredients that go into it.
Kueh Lapis is primarily made of egg yolks. In some instances, a lesser amount of egg whites are also included. Eggs are a good source of protein and are considered a wholesome diet. Egg yolks are full of nutrients, containing essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins. In Kueh Lapis, normally between 25-30 egg yolks are used which means you’ll be getting Vitamin A, E, D and K. Egg whites are comparatively less rich in nutrients but in no way useless. Of course, the nutritional value of eggs tends to vary when they become a part of Kueh Lapis.
Like all cakes, Kueh Lapis tend to be sweet, and it is also sometimes known as Lapis Legit. If you’re anxious about consuming sugar, you can always add less of it to Kueh Lapis compared to other conventional cakes and still enjoy the taste of a wonderful dessert. Another main ingredient of Kueh Lapis is butter, though thereKueh Lapis that are made with margarine too. Those baked with margarine tend to be more unhealthy compared to Kueh Lapis baked with butter. Better the lesser of two evils,butter’s not as bad as you might think. It consists of many health benefits. It is a great source of Vitamin A. Moderate amount of butter can be consumed for achieving a positive effect on health.
Overall, a large slice of Kueh Lapis consists a reasonable number of proteins, vitamins and minerals. Usually, Kueh Lapis is sold plain without any additional ingredients, but a common variation is Kueh Lapis with prunes. More exotic variations of Kueh Lapis include pandan, durian, chocolate, dried fruit, apricot, chempedek etc. Recent recipes have also been tweaked to use gluten and wheat-free flour or organic ingredients, making this favorite tradition a healthier option to regular cupcakes or other types of kueh.