‘Malaysia, let’s go to Malaysia.’
‘Because I want Kek Lapis Sarawak.’
‘Have it imported.’
‘But I want to learn how to make it too. Let’s go, pleeease…’
But we didn’t go. Malaysia beckons from a distance, but for now we pretend our ears are closed. Well, the boss wouldn’t give us leave anyway. We’ll have to wait for the right time.
Anyways, I continued pestering my sister for a few more days, till she finally agreed to try making the cake at home for mom’s birthday. There’s a book that you can get off Amazon that tutors in making Sarawak layer cakes. Come closer to the day, she’s been really busy withwork and hasn’t even bought the book yet.
‘But you promised Sarawak. I want Sarawak. All that colour and the designs. Sarawaaak!’
Yeah, I’m childish like that. Age is never a factor when it comes to me pestering my sister for anything. She’ll vouch for that. So she finally agreed to do something with a lot of colour, but not Sarawak, since there’s no time.
She prepared her batter, and I got click happy. Bright, isn’t it? Mom declared that we had gone crazy, reminding us that in her time, they used softer colours for cakes. We don’t care. Unless the cake is for our grand mom, who loves pink, we’re going to use crazy colours.
But this cake was for mom’s birthday, so we had to make it look decent on the outside. Read ‘decent’ as appealing to the elder generation. 😉We decided coffee and cake is a good theme, and started chipping away layers of the cake. Still bright and colourful. I’m happy. It’s not Sarawak, but it is a festival of colour, or more so a riot of colour.
After a few hours of working with marzipan and fondant, our cake is ready. We could have made the cups a bit thinner. But the fondant was a bit too soft. And running out of time, we left it as is. But overall, the cake looked pretty good. Right? Well, if you disagree, there’s always the comments section below. I wouldn’t mind some expert advice from you.
Anyways, mom was happy with the cake, in spite of all the colour. And she loved the ‘We love you more than cake’ note (especially since she knows how much we love cake.) So, we’re good for now. Kek Lapis Sarawak, on the other hand will have to wait for another time. And hopefully we’ll get to Borneo to learn it. Don’t you wish that you could just up and off to any place you wanted? Just travel and learn and travel and learn. I really wish I could!
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