Category Archives: Indonesia Traditional Cake

Happy Spring and Belated Valentine

Rabbit’s new profile:  corporate lady on weekdays and home bakers on weekend.

Yup, she is back to professional work and now only able to pursue her passion in baking on weekend or whenever she have free time.

Apology to friends and customers whom wanted to place order for  for Chinese New Year and Valentine. Though rabbit’s are not able to accept the request, yet she still did tried her best to make some rolls related with Feb theme.

Below please find the Happy Chinese Horse Year roll

Horse year roll

And of course The Valentines…Love the mellow expression of the cute little man pondering and asking for hug.

Valentine Hug me roll

Which one do you like best? Rabbit’s love the couple sitting on park’s bench gazing at the stars. Just U & Me.

Valentine theme rolls

Last but not the least, the rabbit’s others popular cake, The Bolu Tape cake

Bolu tape coklat chips




Bolu Tape (Fermented Cassave cake)

Tape/Tapai is the Indonesia name for fermented Cassava and it is a rather popular local snack in Indonesia. And is very cheap, street / wet market seller price is about IDR 7,000/ kg (about 70 cents USD/kg).

This is how the tape/tapai looks like


There are many way to serve Tape/Tapai , one an eat it as what it is to enjoy the sweetness and the alcoholic fragrance of the ripe fermeneted tape/tapai,   or mix it in ice dessert like ice kacang/ice campur or grill it and put cheese and chocolate  and condensed milk  topping or coated it with flour and deep fried it and lastly to mix it into cake batter to make the classic bolu tape.

I use the recipe from mum’s collection to make today bolu tape and modified it a little by adding some chocolate chips in it.

Ingredients :

  • 15 yolks + 2 egg whites (or 2 eggs + 13 yolks)
  • 90 gr cake flour
  • 140 gr butter (melted)
  • 135 gr sugar
  • 350 gr tape/tapai (fermented cassava)
  • Some chocolate chips (optional)

Method :

  1. In medium to high speed, whip eggs (yolks & whites) with sugar until pale and thick (ribbon stage).
  2. Reduce the speed and add in the fermented tape/tapi and mix well .
  3. Sieve in flour and mix well and lastly stir in the melted butter and mix well.
  4. You can pour the mixture into any shape of baking tray (square or round) or in my case I prefer to use cupcake case for individual portion.
  5. Sprinkle the top with chocolate chips and bake at 190C for 30 mins or until cooked/golden brown.

This is the result of my bolu tape, I made 2 version , plain and  chocolate chips version.  Adding grated cheese is a good option too for this cake, maybe next time I will bake the cheese version.

Bolu tape coklat0  Bolu tape coklat1

Selamat Menikmati…





Kue Pepe Panggang (Indonesian classic egg white layered cake)

“Pepe Panggang” is one of the classic cake one can find easily at the market or local snack/traditional bakery in . Not sure on right translation for the name. Kue = Cake, while Pepe seems to be meaningless , Panggang means = bake. So literally Kue Pepe Panggang  means Baked Pepe Cake.

However since the main ingredients is egg whites and the look of the cake is layered, it is natural to describe it as egg white layered cake.

Mum happen to mentioned that she have the recipe for this cake and she suggest why don’t I try to bake one. Hmmm… my guess she in a  subtle way telling me that no more chiffon please… considering recently I bake  Chiffon cake  almost everyday (since I can’t finish one cake by myself, I  sent most of my Chiffon Cake for her to try and help me finish).

Below please find my Pepe Panggang, this was my first attempt making layered cake, despite the uneven layered :). Now I have more confidence and dare to put the famous Indonesian Kue Lapis (the original Layered cake) in one of my Thing To Bake list.

Ingredients : fit 10 x 22 x 7 cm tin

  • 350 gr egg whites
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar (highly recommended to use to balance the egg whites because the batter have to sit for sometime due to the layer by layer baking)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 150 gr coconut cream
  • 175 sugar
  • 85 gr cake flour
  • 15 gr powder milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla/coconut essence (optional)
    Red food coloring
  • Green food coloring or pandan paste

Method :

  1. Whisk egg white until foamy then add in cream of tartar and salt.
  2. Continue whisking and add sugar little by little and whisk at medium speed until medium peak.
  3. Reduce the speed and add in coconut cream and whisk for a while before sieve in cake flour and powder milk. Mix lightly using spatula until no lump.
  4. Divide the batter into 3 and then add red and green coloring.
  5. Using soup ladle pour 1 ladle of white mixture to the tin  and spread evenly to make thin layer (I forgot to prepare baking paper for the tin and hence use non stick spray in the last minute)
  6. Bake at 190C both upper and lower heat for 5 minutes or until the layer start to look golden brown or to dry.
  7. Remove the tin from heat and pour red mixture on top of the baked white layer, spread evenly and put back to the oven. This time switch off the lower heat and from now on bake only using upper heat.
  8. Repeat step no 7 with green mixture and keep repeating the same process until mixture is finish. You can use scrapper / clean spatula to carefully press each baked layer for firmer and thinner layer.
  9. For the final layer, bake the cake until the top surface turn golden brown evenly.

I counted my finished cake and I have about 13 layers in total.   By the end of my baking I still have some white mixture left which was still sufficient for another 2 layers but since my last layer was white and I don’t want to have another white  (it was too risky to add food coloring to the already rather watery mixture) I decided to stop at the last white.

I believe if one divided the mixture equally, it can serve 15 layers in total or even more (depending on how thinly you spread the batter on each layer)

This was my cake after took it out from the oven for cooling.

Pepe Panggang

And this is how it looks inside after cutting.

Pepe Panggang2

Hope you will have the chance to try baking this cake, it is a good recipe to maximize any egg whites left over.