Gao Teng Kueh / Steamed Kue lapis (9 Layers Steamed Cake)

Gao Teng Kueh / Steamed Kue lapis (9 Layers Steamed Cake)

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indonesian Chinese, Malaysian, Singaporean
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 3 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 23 minutes
Servings: 15 -20 pieces
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Marvellina
Learn how to make gao teng kueh with an amazingly springy soft texture and can be torn layer by layer with this no-fuss recipe
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Prepare the cake batter:

  • Mix coconut milk, sugar, vanilla extract. Give it a good stir
  • Pour in the boiling water (make sure the water is boiling hot) and stir until sugar dissolves
  • Add in both tapioca and rice flour
  • Continue to stir until you get a smooth batter. I don't need to strain it, but if you can't get rid of the lumps, strain it

Add food coloring:

  • Divide the batter into roughly three equal portions in separate bowls
  • Add about 3-4 drops of food coloring (more if you want the color more intense) to each bowl
  • Stir to mix


  • Prepare the steamer by bringing water to a boil. Wrap the lid with a cloth (to prevent condensation drips back to your steamed cake)
  • Lightly brush the bottom of the pan with cooking oil. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, cut to shape. The paper will stick better with the oil. Preheat it by steaming it empty over hot water for 5 minutes
  • Give the batter a good stir each time before you ladle it on the pan, because the flour tends to settle at the bottom after a while. I start with white color, then green and red. Pour about 100 ml of the white batter into the pan. Let it steam for about 7 minutes. 
  • Make sure the layer has settled before you pour in another layer of color
  • Repeat this sequence until you get 9 layers. You might get a bit leftover, which you can just add in for a thicker layer, but you may need to steam a bit longer
  • Cool well before cutting. It took about 3 hours to cool down completely. When ready to cut, use an oiled knife or plastic knife to cut to prevent sticking


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 70mg