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Most people are familiar with the square-shaped kueh lapis legit, but few know a more modern roll cake version exists for this buttery spiced Dutch-Indonesian layer cake: lapis legit gulung, or rolled lapis.

Said to have been invented in recent years by Ali Lai, a notable baker in Bandung, lapis gulung boasts a softer texture than lapis legit, and requires a slightly different set of baking and rolling techniques. Visually, it resembles a more rustic German baumkuchen, and comes with fillings such as cream and jam.

It’s this version of lapis that Singapore-based Indonesian-Chinese Suwandi Lie, 44, a part-time business analytics lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences, has air-flown to Singapore every month to sell online under the Madam Lee brand, which claims to be the first shop to sell lapis gulung in Singapore (we found another rival brand https://www.lapisroll.com/, albeit selling a slightly different version with less layers).

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