Akar Kelapa Cake, a Unique Lebaran Snack from Betawi

In every moment of celebration or Eid, the Betawi people usually prepare various foods and snacks to welcome guests who come to stay in touch. One of the famous snacks among the Betawi people is the Akar Kelapa (coconut root) cake, or kelape as the Betawi people call it.

In contrast to Eid cookies in general, Akar Kelapa have a crunchy texture but are soft when bitten. The texture is known to come from a mixture of the main ingredients, namely rice flour.

The name "root coconut" is taken from its shape which is similar to coconut root. The savory and sweet taste is an additional attraction of this cake. In the Betawi area and its surroundings, this Akar Kelapa cake has indeed become a deep-rooted and hereditary tradition, and is a cake that must be present to accompany the Eid atmosphere, usually along with fried peanuts.

Contained with ingredients such as grated coconut, rice flour, glutinous rice flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and others, this Akar Kelapa cake can be made to fill a snack dish to celebrate Eid.

Besides being served during Eid, this uniquely shaped and light brown cake has always been the main dish for Betawi residents. Especially when there is a celebration. Coconut root cake not only serves as a dish during the holidays. This special cake also has a special meaning. According to the Betawi people, the coconut root cake is symbolized like a coconut tree that can grow anywhere.

This means that the cake is symbolized as the best human being who is useful to others, like a coconut tree that can be used from the roots to the fruit. In addition, the naming of the coconut root is also said to be a symbol that you should not judge everything by its shape. From there it was revealed that the cake was rough, but the taste did not disappoint.

Currently, coconut root cake is widely used as a typical souvenir product from Betawi in the Jakarta area. Its popularity is also sought after by tourists from various regions. In addition, the cake also raises the creativity and economic power of local residents.


“Manusia tanpa cita-cita adalah mati. Cita-cita tanpa kerja adalah mimpi. Idaman yang menjadi andalan adalah kebahagiaan.”
- Ali Sadikin -
Gubernur DKI Jakarta 1966 - 1977
“Emang rejeki kagak kemane, tapi kalo lo gak kemane-mane mana mau dapet rejeki.”
- H. Benyamin Sueb -
Seniman Betawi