Bee Sting Cake (Bienenstich) I


The honey topping was called 'bienstich' by the German bakers who invented it, probably because of its sweetness.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
2 to 9 - inch square cakes


  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

  • ¼ cup warm water

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 2 eggs, room temperature

  • 3 egg yolks

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup warm milk

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ½ cup sour cream, room temperature

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

  • cup packed light brown sugar

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • cup heavy whipping cream

  • cup honey

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • cup sliced almonds

  • 2 cups pastry cream


  1. Combine the yeast, and the warm water; set aside to proof for 5 minutes.

  2. Cream 3/4 cup butter and sugar until light. Beat in the eggs and yolks one at a time. Add the vanilla, milk, sour cream, and yeast. Beat until smooth. Add the flour a little at a time to form a soft dough. Add all of the flour, and continue to beat until elastic, about 8 minutes. Place dough into an oiled bowl, cover and place in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 50 minutes. Can be placed in the refrigerator overnight instead.

  3. Beat down the dough, and divide into two pieces. Place each in a buttered 9 inch square pan. Brush the top of each with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter. Cover and let rise until doubled.

  4. For the glaze, place the brown sugar, 6 tablespoons butter, cream, and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and stir until the sugar dissolves. Boil for 30 seconds. Remove from heat; add the lemon juice and almonds. Let cool slightly. Drizzle the warm glaze, not hot, over each of the cakes.

  5. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 30 minutes, or until the nuts are golden. Cool on a rack.

  6. Split the cakes lengthwise using a serrated knife, and fill with the pastry cream. Sandwich cakes back together and serve.


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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

281 Calories
15g Fat
34g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 281
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 65mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 92mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.