Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Batik Cake a.k.a. Hedgehog Slice

I know, I know, I need to work on the presentation. Next time, huh?

   I've made this cake twice. Once for ifthar at home. The second was when I went to KakYong's (two or three days ago). I'd promised to take some baked goodies for her, but I didn't have time to make any so hopefully this Batik Cake made up for it.

   I've known and eaten this cake ever since I was five and I've always loved it. We used to make the crunchy sort though- no eggs. The biscuit and chocolate always got stuck to your teeth and brushing them was a lot of work! I discovered that people have become more creative and instead of just dumping the whole lot of biscuit pieces into the chocolate mixture, you arrange them, layer by layer, and the cake turns out really pretty when cut. I forgot to take a picture of the second cake (which turned out nicer than the first one).

   The fun thing about this recipe is that you use everything up in one go (well, perhaps not the biscuits). The cake is sweet and really chocolaty. There are several versions of the recipe (some also include cocoa) but I just followed the one with the fewest ingredients.

   The following recipe is based on the second cake I made at KakYong's, but the photo is from the first one. I'm too lazy to go and check the recipe at Wendy's, so this is what I remember putting in and doing:

Sources: Wendy and Kak Hana

*Note: Wendy provided a really useful step-by-step tutorial. Thanks!

1 regular-sized can condensed milk
1 200g packet Milo (or your favourite malted chocolate drink)
4 eggs, lightly beaten
150g or 2/3 cup butter (cut in cubes)
1 packet Marie biscuits
1 tsp vanilla ( optional-I didn't put it in)

In a saucepan, stir together condensed milk and Milo until well combined.

Stir in eggs and mix until well combined.

Put saucepan on stove and put in butter cubes and turn on heat to medium low. Cook custard until thickened, then turn to low heat. Cook until mixture becomes think and grainy. Turn of heat.

Hah, this is where I get lazy. Go to Wendy's blog and look at her step-to-step tutorial. I should have told you to do that in the first place. Apologies... getting a little sleepy. Next time I'll try to include photos of my own step-by-step attempts, haha.

Thinking of making this when we go back to Kedah for Eid (there'll be a stove at the homestay so yay!)


  1. I've never heard of this cake/slices until now and what can I say, this looks absolutely gorgeous. Oh tell me about not so impressive photography..I am the queen of lousy photographs so what you have put looks great to me. :)

    And thanks for the visits to my blog Sumaiyyah. Really appreciate you comments! :)

  2. Well I grew up with this cake, and it has come a long way! You should visit the links for the sources (Hana and Wendy). They're photos are gorgeous and so mouth-watering!

    Well if you're queen, I'm the princess, haha, so we'd make a good team! ;) (You're welcome, by the way, and thanks for returning the visit!)


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