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Batik Cake Recipe with a Scottish history

Updated: Jul 14, 2023

Who loves a NO bake Cake?

Slice off a piece of history with Malaysia’s no-bake batik cake

Kek batik  ('Batik cake') is a type of Malaysian no-bake fridge cake dessert inspired by the tiffin, brought in the country by the British during the colonial era, and adapted with Malaysian ingredients.

This cake is made by mixing broken Marie biscuits combined with a chocolate sauce or runny custard made with egg, butter/margarine, condensed milk, Milo, raisin, syrup, cocoa and chocolate powders. Here we give you a healthier version of Batik Cake with a Pandan twist and granolas.

In Malaysia, the cake was called BATIK CAKE. Batik is a cloth that is traditionally made using a manual wax-resist dyeing technique. It is a beautiful cloth and usually wore by Malay in the Malay Peninsular. Some motifs of the cake look quite similar to the Batik cloth.

Beautiful Batik Cloth | My Blue Tea
Beautiful Batik Cloth

Batik Cake or better known locally with its Malay name Kek Batik, is a very popular cake among Malaysians, especially East Malaysia. It is believed that this cake originated from Sarawak but is extremely popular in its neighbouring state, Sabah, as well. Our research has shown that this cake is a must-have for many families in East Malaysia during Hari Raya celebrations.

It is also similar to Hedgehog slice and the latest Prince William chocolate biscuit cake, although with some different ingredients. In Brunei, the Batik cake is covered by green colour topping.

This layered chocolate and biscuit no-bake cake has origins that go all the way back to early 1900s Scotland.

Batik cake may be named for iconic Malaysian textile art, but this biscuit slice has ties to Scottish sweets and colonial British rule.

Malaysian batik textiles are known for their intricate and colourful designs of birds and flowers. Not to be confused with Indonesian batik which employs similar methods but features larger prints, often in brown, gold and black. Interestingly, the Malaysian cake of the same name is more similar visually to Indonesia’s batik print, its cross-section is said to be reminiscent of the patterns produced in the design process.

Batik Cake / Kek Batik Recipe

Ingredients :

*250 gram butter

*1/2 cup condensed milk

*3 table spoon milk powder (Optional 1- 2 packs Spargo Coconut Milk Powder)

*200 gram Horlick powder

*1/2 cup granola

*300 gram Marie biscuit

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Some Batik Cake inspirations ie Original Batik Cake, Brunei Batik Cake with green layer and a modern artistic Batik Cake by Dreamstime (courtesy of Pinterest).

(P.S. we love all of them as long as there are no artificial colours in our bakes.

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