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Onbitjkoek - Spiced Pound Cake

Lapis legit (thousand layer cake) is probably the most well known celebratory cake prepared and served in Indonesia. Whether it is to celebrate Idul Fitri, Christmas, or Chinese New Year, it is almost a guarantee that everyone will have this at home. The process of making a lapis legit is very involved and one needs a saintly patience to make one, thus it is not something we make year round. Instead, to tide of the cravings until the next holiday, we turn to onbitjkoek. Indonesian version of onbitjkoek is slightly different than the one from Netherland, we use regular all purpose flour instead of rye flour, we use palm sugar instead of molasses, and even the spekkoek seasoning blend is slightly different than the one used in Netherland. If you want an authentic Indonesian version of onbitjkoek or lepis legit, stick to using this one. Or, if you want to make your own blend at home, combine equal amount of cinnamon powder, mace powder, and clove powder.

Onbitjkoek - Spiced Pound Cake

Onbitjkoek - Spiced Pound Cake

Author: Anita Jacobson



Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 35 mins

Total Time: 50 mins

Serves: 16


  • 175 gram all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon spekoek seasoning (*)
  • 5 eggs
  • 150 gram palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 100 gram unsalted butter, melted
  • 25 gram almond slices or sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 190 Celcius (375 Fahrenheit). Grease and flour a 9" loaf pan, set aside.
  2. Sift together all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and spekoek seasoning. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix together eggs and palm sugar until all the sugar has completely dissolved. Add sifted dry ingredients to the egg mixture in 3 batches, mix well in each addition. Slowly add the melted butter into the batter, mix well.
  4. Pour the batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle the top with almond slices or sesame seeds. Bake in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a cake tester came out clean.


  • (*) Can be bought from Amazon (http://amzn.to/2hjJ0CW).


  • Tuty says:

    HI Anita, The cake looks lovely especially the texture. Did you use electric mixer to blend the eggs and sugar? Your recipe does not specify, so it sounds like you just whisk the eggs and sugar. Kindly advise.

    • Anita says:

      Hi Tuty, I use an electric hand mixer.

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