kueh lapiz or the layered cake is one of the signature items in batam and it has become so popular with the tourists,particularly singaporean and malysian, that outlets have sprung up all over the major shopping centres.
our tour guide explained that this cake originated from the Dutch who once ruled indonesia and the layered cake is one of the legacies behind.
this form of cake has since evolved and is now available in many colours and flavours,including the exotic durian.
the pricing of this cake ranges from SGD15-25. The difference in the price is mainly due to the ingredients like butter(or margarine) flavouring and preservatives.the pure kueh lapiz using butter and no presrvativatives will not last more than 14 days whereas the cheaper cake with preservatives can last up to a month.many bakers also supply to order to ensure total freshness.the baking process is very painstaking and labour intensive to turn out perfect kueh lapis. the layers are clearly visible once the cake is cut into small slices and each layer can be peeled ,if you so wish.
many tourists returning to singapore generally buy this cake.