Kueh Lapis gets its name from the layers that it has. Lapis actually means layer in Malay.
The pink layer is usually coloured using rose colouring while the white layer is left in its original state, white from coconut milk in the batter mixture. The batter for this kueh consists of a mixture of rice flour, tapioca flour, sugar and coconut milk. To get its layered look, the kueh is made by steaming it layer by layer.