Today we tried our hand at an interpretation of a local favourite! Kek Batik, which translates directly into Batik Cake, is a staple feature during Hari Raya celebrations, marking the end of the Ramadhan month of fasting. I saw (and ate) it a lot during my Raya open house visiting, and Sophia and I thought it would be a great idea to make a jelly mould-inspired version! The British version is also Prince William’s favourite, and he requested it as his wedding cake.
The traditional recipe is somewhat different from ours and uses Marie biscuits. It should look a bit like this:
We decided to give it a modern twist (also somewhat inspired by my eternal love for digestive biscuits) and went with the British version. Its pretty straightforward, but so, so tasty.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own kek batik:
7 oz. Mcvities digestive biscuits (about 12 biscuits mmmmmm…)
6 oz. semi-sweet milk chocolate
2 oz. dark chocolate
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons milk
4 tablespoons sugar
NOTE: You can vary the milk chocolate and dark chocolate ratio depending on your preference! We added a bit more dark chocolate for the resident chocoholic, Sophia.
1. Break the biscuits into pieces. Don’t break them into such small pieces, so you create a nice blocked effect!
2. Melt the chocolate. Mix in the rest of the ingredients and whisk frequently until everything is smoothly melted together. Let it cool for about 15 minutes.
3. Gently fold in the broken biscuits.
4. Pour the mixture into the upturned jelly moulds. Press it into the moulds so you minimize gaps in the cake!
5. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Demould after! If it doesn’t slide out easily, place the mould in warm water for a few seconds before using a knife to ease it out.
To be honest, I am not such a huge fan of chocolate (yes, clearly my mother dropped me on the head as a baby). As you can see, Sophia definitely is!
While we were waiting for the kek batik to set, we decided to indulge ourselves and headed over to Ben’s in KLCC for some cake. Sophia had the red velvet cake and I had the bread and butter pudding, which was heavenly.
What I really love about Ben’s is that on the table they have little conversation starters, which are basically cards printed with questions like ‘What is your earliest childhood memory?’ and ‘If you had to change one thing about the world, what would it be?’.
PS. Sophia definitely did not approve this photo!
Here’s the box of cards, and Sophia right before she put her ear to the table to listen to the ocean. At which point I promptly pretended not to know her and busied myself with my pudding.
You could totally hear the ocean through the table, by the way. It was really cool.
Anyway, we went home and demoulded the kek batik with baited breath. It turned out beautifully!
We poured a little melted chocolate over it and dusted some powdered sugar on the top. As I said before, I’m not a huge chocolate fan, but it was good enough to make an exception for!
Rachel and Sophia