If you ask Indonesians what their signature spiced cake is, most of the time they will answer with lapis legit, and only very very occasionally they answer with onbitjkoek. It is very understandable, since lapis legit is definitely the crown jewel of Indonesian cake, with its showy multi layers (hence the thousand layers moniker) and is sinfully rich and buttery in each and every bite. But a lapis legit takes hours and hours of manual labor to bake, and most people only bake a lapis legit to celebrate special events, like Idul Fitri, Christmas, or Chinese New Year. To tide of the lapis legit cravings until the next holiday, we turn to onbitjkoek.
Onbitjkoek - Spiced Pound Cake
Differences between Indonesian and Dutch onbitjkoek
Onbitjkoek is originally a Dutch cake, but it has been adapted by Indonesian to better suite our palate. Indonesian version of onbitjkoek use regular all-purpose flour instead of rye flour, we use palm sugar instead of molasses, and even the spekkoek seasoning blend (a.k.a. speculaas spice mix) is slightly different than the one used in Netherland. If you want an authentic Indonesian version of onbitjkoek or lepis legit, stick to using spekoek seasoning, though it is totally acceptable too if all you have is Dutch speculaas spice mix. Or, if you want to make your own blend at home, combine equal amount of cinnamon powder, mace powder, and clove powder.