Rainbow Layers Steamed Cake (Kue Lapis Kukus)

Posted by Lisa on Sunday, April 8, 2007. Filed under: ,

This is my Mom's style of Layers Steamed Cake. Layers Steamed Cake is one of many popular snacks in Indonesia. And I love it when my Mother make it. I never make this cake as perfect as she does. I always have a problem with the layer's. It never be flat and smooth.. hahaha.

For the colors, red, white and green are always be the favorite. But you can use any other color of course. Brown color of chocolate is often use to replace the red layer. Even if you don't wish to use food color, just leave it. It will not give any differences with the taste. But you will not get the beautiful appearence and good aroma of the cake, of course.

This steamed cake doesn't need any butter or margarine. To make it soft, we use coconut milk instead. And if you don't have cake emulsifier in your kitchen, don't worry. Just leave it. You still can make the cake even without it.

6 eggs
250 grams sugar
1 tsp cake emulsifier (optional)
200 -250 grams all purpose flour (approx)
2 glasses of thick coconut milk.
2 pandan leaves
1/2 tsp salt
red & green food colors

1. Arrange a large steamer over boiling water. Make sure it is large enough to hold the baking pan and there is enough water to make a lot of steam.
2. In a large bowl beat together with an electric mixer : eggs, sugar and cake emulsifier on high speed until light and fluffy (the mixture has increased about three times in volume)
3. Add the flour and coconut milk alternately in batches. Mix-well with a spatulla.
4. Divide the batter into 3, add each part with avalable food color. Mix well.
5. Pour one color batter to a greased pan, Place the pan into the steamer. Cover the top of the steamer with a kitchen towel, and place the lid on top; the towel will absorb any steam that collects on top from dripping onto the cake. Steam for about 5 minute, then pour over the first layer the next colored batter, and steam for another 5 minutes.
6. Pour the last layer and then steam the whole cake for around 20 - 25 minutes.

22 Responses to Rainbow Layers Steamed Cake (Kue Lapis Kukus)

  1. Shilpa

    Wow, such a pretty cake! :) I'm not so good at baking or steaming, but I hope this was easy to make!

  2. Anonymous

    WOW,looks great.Eagerly waiting for this recipe,Please post it soon.thanks in advance.

  3. Anonymous

    That looks a lot like a kind of Korean rice cake I grew up eating! I just found your blog and love it -- I can't wait to try out some of your recipes! Keep up the great work :)

  4. Anonymous

    That's gorgeous looking steamed cake!!

  5. tempo dulu

    Hi I love Indian food. Where is a good Indian restaurant in Jakarta?
    thx. Indcoup

  6. kiwichick

    Mbak... mo tanya dong, emulsifier tuh apa ya? Soalnya saya cari2 di supermarket kok gak ada emulsifier ya??? :( Itu sama gak sih sama cream of tartar? Tolong ya, mbak... tengkyu!

  7. Anonymous

    Can i bake this cake in a regular oven

  8. Sugarcraft India

    Hi! The cake looks great..am sure must be tasting great too...
    Do visit http://sugarcraftindia.blogspot.com to see some of my work as well.


  9. Umm Maryam

    Gorgeous looking cake mashaAllah. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Anamika:The Sugarcrafter
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  11. Anamika:The Sugarcrafter

    A very nice cake and good imagination for its presentaion.
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  12. Anonymous

    You have an amazing blog! Look forward to reading all your previous posts too. Love all the great recipes and food pics...yummy!!

  13. Anonymous

    Hi there,

    your cake looks amazing and I would like to make it as well but I'm wondering about the 2 glasses of thick coconut milk. Is that equal to 2 American cups? Or perhaps you can tell me how much ml it is.
    Thanks in advance.

  14. Lisa

    To Rosalind

    It's around 300 - 400 ml. Hope you will like it.. :)

  15. Lisa

    to Sadiya

    You cant bake it in oven... Maybe you can try some other recipes

  16. Anonymous

    Hi Lisa,

    Wow, didn't see your reply until now..many many months later!!
    Thanks so much for letting me know the ml, I will definitely try to make this cake within the next 2 weeks and let you know the result.Thanks again, Rosalind

  17. onno david

    Looks lovely ! I am sure it tastes good too. I love layers steamed cake. This cake is so pretty! It was a little more dense then I thought it would be, but it was still so yummy. It was a big hit at the office for my coworkers birthday. My mouth is watering—amazing photo! Awesome! So going to try this. I can't wait to try it. thank you for sharing your post.

  18. Koekkener

    I'm so hungry after seeing and reading your blog. You a very good blogs. Thank you for sharing.

  19. WendyinKK

    What a pretty bolu kukus pelangi.
    This has been in my to do list for ages, and I've never done it yet.
    Urs looks yummy.

  20. kitchen units

    This cake is so ! It was a small more dense then I thought it would be, but it was still so yummy. It was a huge hit at the office for my coworkers birthday. My mouth is watering amazing photograph!

  21. nose job

    Wow.. Awesome Cake. I love Rainbow Layers Streamed Cake. what a good looking & delicious cake this is! Thanks for sharing the picture of Cake.

  22. Miss B @ Everybody Eats Well in Flanders

    Hi Lisa
    Very beautiful layered cake! You should try steaming it again and submit to Aspiring Bakers #25!