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Authentic Recipe of Lapis Surabaya. Delicious Indonesian Traditional Three Layer Cake from Surabaya.

This recipe of Lapis Surabaya is authentic and traditional, as native housewives and cooks from Surabaya, East Java, locally curate it.

Things to know about Lapis Surabaya Recipe

The Dutch colonization of Indonesia for 350 years left behind a lot of cultural impacts on all aspects of the Indonesian culture, including culinary. This layered cake is based on the European (in this case, Dutch) traditional multi-layered spit cake, but the difference lies in the use of Indonesian spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and other spices. The Indonesian layer cake has many variants, including the lapis legit and the lapis Surabaya.

The lapis Surabaya is a much simpler approach to the layer cake, consisting of only three-layer instead of the usual 18. Typically, lapis Surabaya is composed of a middle chocolate layer and two yellow layers on the top and the bottom. The yellow color is due to the number of egg yolks used in the cake, in lapis legit, the number can be as high as 40 egg yolks.

This dish is commonly served to celebrate Imlek (lunar new year) by the Chinese-Indonesian. Due to the high effort of making the cake, the price of the cake is usually quite expensive, with the homemade lapis legit starting at IDR 350,000 or around 20$ for a 20 x 20 cm (8×8 inch) square pan. You would not want to miss out on this dish!

Delicious Indonesian Traditional Three Layer Cake from Surabaya. Authentic Recipe of Lapis Surabaya.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Lapis Surabaya; Spikoe
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


Servings 10 Slices
Calories / Serving 209 kcal


  • 8 pcs Egg Yolk
  • 1 pc Egg
  • 120 grams (4.23 oz) White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar
  • 45 grams (1.59 oz) All Purpose Flour – Plain Flour
  • 3 tsps Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Whole Milk Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Powder
  • 1 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Sweet Condensed Milk
  • 1 tsp Vegetable Oil
  • 50 grams (1.76 oz) Butter
  • 75 grams (2.65 oz) Margarine
  • 1/2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 100 grams (3.53 oz) Strawberry Jam
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  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (roughly 390 F).
  • Prepare a 24 x 24 cm (10 x 10 inch) baking tray, separate into 3 equal compartment. Brush with margarine and line with a baking paper.
  • In a bowl, mix mayonnaise, sweet condensed milk, and vegetable oil until well incorporated. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients (flour, cornstarch, milk powder, and vanilla powder). Mix well.
  • Combine eggs and sugar. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and the mixture is foamy.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the egg mixture.
  • Add the mayonnaise into the bowl and slowly whisk for about 1-2minutes.
  • Melt the butter and margarine in a pan. Add the melted butter into the bowl. Mix until the batter is smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, combine cocoa powder and water.
  • Divide the batter into three equal amounts. Add the cocoa mixture to one of the batters. Mix well until the color is even.
  • Into the partitioned baking tray, pour the batter. Tap the tray on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • After 25 minutes, take out and let it cool.
  • Take the cake out from the tray. Between the layers, put a generous amount of strawberry jam.
  • Slice the cake and it is ready to be served.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:


Calories: 209kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 1gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 121mgPotassium: 40mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 419IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword Indonesian Traditional Three Layer Cake, Lapis Surabaya Recipe, Spikoe Recipe
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Cooking tip for making Lapis Surabaya

Do not overmix the batter. It will cause the gluten to develop, making the cake tough and flat.

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