“It’s too sweet!” is a common utterance from many Malaysians when come face-to-face with cake. Here are 6 alternatives for birthday boys and girls who prefer the savoury side of life:

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Cheese Naan Cake At RSMY Best Cheese Naan

No two cheese naans are created equally. While most mamaks scatter a meagre amount of cheese on theirs, RSMY (an acronym for Restoran Selera Malaysia) certainly doesn't skimp on the goods. Mouthwatering webs of cheese will pool on your plate when you pull each fluffy naan apart.

What more epic way to celebrate your birthday than by getting a whole stack?

RSMY Best Cheese Naan |11 & 13, Jalan Medan Tuanku, Medan Tuanku, Kuala Lumpur | 70 & 76, Jalan Danau Niaga 1, Crystal Ville, Kuala Lumpur | 03-2697 0700

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Cekodok Cake At SitiLi Dining

Shareen and Siti, the darling duo behind Siti Li Dining, are zealous when it comes to keeping their family recipes alive, which includes Siti's cekodok or deep-fried banana balls. Roughly the size of glass marbles, the teatime treats are smaller than what you'd typically get elsewhere, but crunchier, and dangerously easy to snack on as one would with popcorn.

"Malay recipes so varied from region to region, family to family, and hand to hand," said Siti. "Maybe this is why it's so tricky to pen a cookbook on Malay food culture. For our cekodok, we use a mix of bananas; Cavendish bananas alone would make the batter too powdery."

A small bowlful of Siti Li's famed cekodok costs RM15 whereas a dressed up 'cake' will set you back by RM75. Ramadan special: Priced at RM50, takeaway boxes of cekodok are available for pick up between 4.30-6pm.

Siti Li Dining | 15 Jalan Setiakasih 5, Kuala Lumpur | 03-2011 2220 | ineedatableplease@sitilifood.com

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Siu Yoke Tower From Elsie's Kitchen Or Aunty Q Recipes

A non-halal option, the siu yoke or crackling pork 'cake' at Aunty Q Recipes (based in Penang) and Elsie's Kitchen (based in Petaling Jaya) are bound to please fans of porcine dishes.

Aunty Q charges between RM58-196 depending on the number of guests you need to feed (from 5 to 20 pax), whereas each platter from Elsie's Kitchen is charged by the weight (RM18 for every 100 grams) and served with dipping sambal on the side.

Aunty Q Recipes | 110-1-1, Summerton, Persiaran Bayan Indah, Bayan Lepas, Penang | Online menu

Elsie’s Kitchen by WanEli | AG-6, Gound floor, Block A, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Seksyen 17, Petaling Jaya | 012-297 3202

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Hamburger Cake At The Red Bean Bag

Brunch specialists The Red Beanbag are able to upsize their standard burger for special occasions. The burger of Brobdingnagian proportions is priced at upwards of RM200. "It's expensive," shrugs head chef Muhammad Fhaizal. "But each burger contains 2 kilograms worth of minced beef and loads of condiments."

Now did you want fries with that?

The Red Bean Bag | A4-1-08, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur | 03-6211 5116 | thereadbeanbag@gmail.com

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Jelly Cake By AKI 3D Jelly Cake

Agar-agar (vegan) or gelatin (animal-based) is an essential ingredient in jelly cakes, a healthier and less cloying alternative to the buttercream-slathered variety. An advocate of the former, cake artisan Aki is known for her stunning creations with mindboggling details, flora and fauna being her favourite subject.

AKI 3D Jelly Cake | Block E office, East Wing, Metropolitan Square, 2, Jalan PJU 8/1, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya | 013-207 1752 | aki3djellycake@yahoo.com

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Nasi Lemak Cake From Cake Together

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Above Nasi Lemak Cake by DirtyCakes. Photo: Cake Together

A godsend for those in the habit of doing things at the last minute, Cake Together is an online curator of cakes lovingly made by home bakers. The online store carries not one but two kinds of nasi lemak cakes — one is crowned with a petai and prawn sambal whereas the other is adorned with hardboiled eggs and crispy anchovies.

Cake Together | E-06-21, Sunway GEO Avenue, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway, Selangor | 012-675 7358 | hello@caketogether.com | Online store