How to Make Kue Lapis (Steamed Layer Cake)

Kue Lapis

Tasty Asian Dessert. Easy Steps.

Recipe for Kue Lapis


  • 230g rice flour
  • 45g corn starch
  • 840 ml coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pandan paste
  • A few drops yellow and red colouring

Note: For this kuih you can use any color or as many layers as you like.

  • 280g castor sugar
  • 250ml water
  • 3 pandan leaves


  • Mix the sugar, water and pandan leaves in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil until the sugar dissolves completely. Set aside to cool.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together rice flour, cornstarch and salt. Add in coconut milk, mix well. Stir in syrup. Strain the batter to ensure it is free from lumps.
  • Divide batter into 3 equal portions. One add in the pandan paste (green), one in yellow coloring and one in red coloring. From each color portion divide into 3 equal portions (this will ensure you will get 9 layers of kueh)
  • Place a greased 8 inch tray in the steamer and heat up for 4-5 minutes.
  • Steam the batter layer by layer. Pour the 1st layer of batter on the heated tray. Cover and steam over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until set.
  • Follow by the next color and steam for 2-3 minutes and then the next layer.
  • Repeat the steps, alternating the color until all the batter is used up.
  • After the final layer is set, steam over the boiling water until the cake is cooked through, about 25 minutes.
  • Allow the cake to cool before cutting into squares to serve.
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  1. Anonymous

    its works! tx!

  2. Linda27

    Thank You! This is what ive been looking for. Great post.

  3. foxtrot31

    oh there it goes. ive been wondering how the hack this kuih is made. thank you! going to try this recipe.

  4. Cake-A-Treat


    Corn starch as in corn flour or tapioca starch? i see alot of recipes call for sago flour too.

    Pls advise. The last time i did a similar one with corn flour, it tasted great, but was very dense, not bouncy or chewy. And unable to peel 🙁

  5. Ryan D

    Cake-A-Treat – alternatively you can use sago flour. However u may use tapioca flour for the chewy texture…u may add 1/3 plain and 2/3 tapioca so that it will not be too ‘heavy’.

  6. Ryan D

    pls test each layer before making the next layer. You can use your fingertips to check if the layer is cooked. It may take 6-8 minutes.

  7. Anonymous

    Corn starch n corn flour r 2 different thing

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    I love the way it looks very delicious.

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    Steamed layer cake exceptional! I thank you for sharing the recipe as well. I want craving to serve this cake to my husband on our wedding anniversary.