Butter has a significant effect on 45-year-old thousand layer cake bread kitchen in Jakarta

Liena Gusman is the second-age proprietor of Happy Bakery, which has practical experience in kue lapis genuine.

JAKARTA: Each layer of the kue lapis genuine is accepted by Indonesians of Chinese plunge to represent fortune.

Otherwise called thousand layer cake, it involves many slim layers heaped on one another, made of spread, margarine, milk and egg.

To add flavor, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg are incorporated, giving the cake a tone taking after bacon. Henceforth, during Indonesia’s Dutch pioneer period, the delicacy was known as Spekkoek (bacon cake).

While kue lapis genuine is universal in Jakarta, the cake from Happy Bakery is among the most celebrated because of its taste, history and cost.

Indonesian kue lapis genuine is accepted to represent numerous fortunes.

For a very long time, individuals have been belittling the bread shop in South Jakarta when Chinese New Year draws near.

“It is a Chinese convention here to get it for the Chinese New Year,” proprietor Liena Gusman told CNA.

“The cake represents various fortunes, that is the reason it is pursued during Chinese New Year,” she added.

The 20cm x 20 cm cake is accessible in plain flavor, or with prunes, cheddar and pecans as fixings.

The spread recognizes her cake from rivals, said Mdm Gusman, 60. “We utilize the best margarine, (imported) Dutch spread,” she said.

The more spread a variation has, the more costly it becomes.

The least expensive variation, which just uses margarine, goes for 445,000 rupiah (US$31). Contingent upon the measure of spread utilized, it can cost up to 1,120,000 rupiah. The last is frequently named the most costly kue lapis genuine around.

“The cake is difficult to make. It takes about 2.5 to 3 hours,” Mdm Gusman said, adding that she doesn’t utilize any additive.


Mdm Gusman is the second-age proprietor of Happy Bakery.

Her dad Gunaifi Lay, 88, was a striving rattan dealer in Palembang, South Sumatra who chose to take his family to Jakarta in 1969 in the expectation of making money.

With just 300 rupiah, Mr Lay leased a room in Central Jakarta for his group of six and had just cash left to get a few eggs.

His significant other, a devoted cook, made kue bolu (wipe cake) out of the eggs and Mr Lay chose to sell the cake.

Since Mr Lay was an alien to Jakarta, he took the transport and offered it from one transport terminal to the next.

Over the long haul, deals began to improve and a companion advised him to make kue lapis genuine as it was more pursued than wipe cake.

The move procured profits. Mr Lay later purchased a house in South Jakarta for his family.

They kept on offering cakes to affiliates. One day a man thumped on their entryway saying that smelled the fragrance of their lapis genuine and needed to get one.

That provoked Mr Lay to fabricate a bread kitchen before his home in 1976. Since cakes are intended for glad events, he named the bread shop Happy.

They have never utilized a specific advertising system to advance their cakes and expected their prosperity was by listening in on others’ conversations.

Aside from kue lapis genuine, the pastry shop additionally sells the 3-layered lapis Surabaya, pineapple tarts, Dutch spekulas treats and others.

As the primary offspring of four, Mdm Gusman had been assisting her late mother with heating since she was only eight years of age.

Unintentionally, she is additionally the lone kid who is keen on heating. Thus, when her folks chose to pass on the business 20 years prior, Mdm Gusman dominated.

She recalls the prime of the bread shop to be during Indonesia’s second President Soeharto time when it was as yet a custom for individuals to give associates cakes during happy days, for example, Chinese New Year and Hari Raya.

“I was preparing cakes from 3am until 1am,” she thought back. Their clients included individuals from Soeharto’s family and Indonesian VIPs.


After Soeharto’s fall in 1998, the business was all the while blasting with clients from everywhere Indonesia and from abroad, for example, Malaysia, Singapore and even the Netherlands needing to get hold of the customary cake.

The greater part of the unfamiliar clients are from Malaysia and Singapore, she said.

There were times when traveler transports showed up at the bread kitchen and Malaysian clients needed to purchase their cake for takeaway. They were able to hang tight for quite a long time, she reviewed.

She had numerous solicitations to send out her cakes abroad however she generally declined out of dread that the newness would be undermined, as no additives are utilized.

Since Indonesia has been hit by COVID-19 last March, business has been poor, said Mdm Gusman.

“Presently it is awful. We are simply equaling the initial investment.”

Prior to the pandemic, deals during Chinese New Year would increment ten times. During the Hari Raya period, benefit would be up multiple times when contrasted with the standard thing, she said.

Nonetheless, deals were not exactly a fourth of the typical during a year ago’s Hari Raya. She needed to relinquish about portion of her 20 staff.

Despite the fact that the current year’s Chinese New Year is anticipated to be more stifled than expected because of COVID-19, Mdm Gusman trusts her dependable supporters will in any case get her lapis genuine.

“They typically purchase the cake three days before Chinese New Year. So ideally this year they will in any case come.”

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