Cake making in Mother's house was a big business. Mum learned cake making. Then she would make the cakes for the family and aunties during new year. She used the golden butter churn and her cakes smelled heavenly.
We kids would come back from school, have a quick
lunch, and start breaking one hundred eggs, and use the hand held whisk,
and beat the eggs. When one of us get tired, we transfer the beater to
When mum deemed the eggs had been aerated enough, she
measures the flour, vinegar essence, baking power. Transferring to a
wooden spoon, we stir the mixture in one direction.
By five pm,
the cake mixture is ready. Mum bought a very big flat top pot She
fashioned the pot into an oven and baked her cakes at the void deck. ,
she already had made a fire from charcoal .It's a pity, mum didn't let
us watch over the baking. She said, one had to be very careful to watch
over the fire. She continued to bake way till the wee hours of the
The next few days, she suffered from a headache. When my girl Kong Hie Ding
said it was too hot making kueh Lapis, I remember my mum. I also
remember making Kuih kapit which is a crispy and delicious wafer, which
is also called love letters.