Malaysian Kek Batik Chocolate Dessert With a Twist


Baking is one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy baking cookies, cakes, breads, pies, muffins, cupcakes, and much more.

I can't say no to chocolate desserts!

I can't say no to chocolate desserts!

A Decadent Chocolate Dessert

The Great British Baking Show, on Netflix, has been my favorite binge-worthy show since the first episode aired in 2010. Inspired by all of the decadence on the show, I decided to make a wonderfully chocolaty dessert called kek batik.

Kek batik is a traditional Malaysian layered dessert that is made from biscuits (what we call graham crackers in America), chocolate malt powder, butter, egg, and condensed milk. The ingredients are quite simple—yet the results are delicious.

In this recipe, I added a couple of twists to the traditional recipe: I incorporated a rich coffee flavor to the cake, and I drizzled a luscious chocolate glaze on top.

"The Great British Baking Show" is my favorite!

"The Great British Baking Show" is my favorite!

Did you know?

Chocolate comes from a fruit tree; it’s made from a seed.


For the biscuits base:

  • 1 packet small Marie biscuits, crushed into small pieces (If you cannot find these biscuits at a store near you, you can substitute any variety of graham crackers)
  • 6 tablespoons chocolate malt (I used Milo)
  • 1 tablespoon Hershey's dark chocolate powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso ground
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 stick salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature

For the chocolate glaze:

  • 200 ml whipped cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 bars dairy milk chocolate

For the optional garnishes:

  • Cookie of your choice (I used Biscoff, Oreo, and Tim Tam)

Note: For the decorations, fresh fruits such as raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries are perfect.

Step 1: Make the Biscuit Mixture

  1. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Toss the butter in the pan to melt.
  2. Add the condensed milk, the chocolate malt, and the espresso ground. Stir until everything is well-combined.
  3. Add an egg. Make sure to stir quickly in the mixture to prevent the egg from being scrambled.
  4. Add the vanilla and stir to combine.
  5. Throw the biscuits into the chocolate mixture. Stir the biscuits until it thoroughly coated with the chocolate.
  6. Once the biscuits started to soften, turn the heat off. Transfer the pan aside.
  7. In the meantime, prepare the pan. Layer the pan with parchment paper.
  8. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Let it sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

Step 2: Make the Chocolate Glaze

  1. In a saucepan, bring the whipped cream, butter, and to a simmer.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla into the chocolate mixture and whisking gently until incorporated.
  3. Add the chocolate bar to the mixture. Gently stir the mixture with a spatula until the chocolate melts and is dissolved in the mixture. Turn the heat off.

Step 3: Glaze and Garnish

  1. Pour the chocolate glaze into the cooled chocolate biscuits base. Then, chill for at least 2 hours.
  2. When it's ready for garnishing, take the chilled biscuits base out from the pan and place it on a cutting board or a plate.
  3. Break the cookies into small pieces and sprinkle on top or decorate the dessert as desired.
  4. Slice the cake and place on a serving plate. Serve with tea or coffee. Enjoy!

© 2021 Liza


Liza (author) from USA on September 26, 2021:

Hi Linda, it is? I'm honored to hear your reaction. I love chocolate desserts too. My decision to alter the original recipe by adding the espresso grounds in it made a difference. A touch of bitterness brings out the most satisfying flavor of the dessert. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a pleasant weekend!

Liza (author) from USA on September 26, 2021:

Hi Thelma, I love chocolate dessert too. It is one of my weaknesses of all sweet desserts. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a great weekend!

Liza (author) from USA on September 26, 2021:

Hello Flourish, this recipe is one of the simple desserts I've learned from my mother. However, I decided to alter it to suit my palate. The original recipe doesn't have chocolate glaze and coffee ingredients. This combination actually makes the dessert very scrumptious!

Liza (author) from USA on September 26, 2021:

Thank you, Peggy. My husband said his co-workers loved the dessert so much. They thought it was store-bought. Lol. Have a great weekend!

Liza (author) from USA on September 26, 2021:

Hi Pamela, I'm sure many people prefer baking when it's required simple ingredients and easy directions. Sometimes, I do, though, I love baking :) I decided to revamp the original recipe. As a result, I got that beautiful and decadent chocolate dessert. Thanks for your lovely comment, Pamela. Have a wonderful weekend!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 25, 2021:

This sounds like one of the most delicious recipes that I’ve seen for a long time! I love chocolate desserts. Thank you very much for sharing the recipe.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on September 25, 2021:

Yummy! That looks so delicious. I love chocolate desserts. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 25, 2021:

I like how vivide those photos display the process. You make it really come to life. This looks good!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 24, 2021:

This looks scrumptious, Liz. Thanks for your photos and recipe.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 24, 2021:

I love chocolate desserts, and I like simplicity when baking. This rather decadent dessert looks fabulous, Liza. I appreciate the recipe, your directions and all of you wonderful pictures. Thank you so much.

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