Dessert Recipes

Bee Sting Cake

Bee Sting CakeThis bee sting cake (aka bienenstich) may look daunting, but it’s well worth the effort….

Bee Sting Cake

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1/4 cup sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 cups whole milk 3 large egg yolks 2 tablespoons butter, cubed 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped CAKE: 1/4 cup sugar 1 envelope (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast 1/4 teaspoon salt 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided 3/4 cup whole milk 1/3 cup butter, cubed 2 large eggs, room temperature ALMOND TOPPING: 1/4 cup butter 3 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons sugar 1 cup sliced almonds


For filling, in a small heavy saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch and salt.

Whisk in milk.

Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.

Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.

Remove from heat.

In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks.

Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to pan, whisking constantly.

Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes.

Remove from heat.

Stir in butter until melted.

Immediately transfer to a clean bowl; stir in vanilla.

Cool 30 minutes.

Press plastic wrap onto surface of filling; refrigerate until cold.

Whisk custard gently.

Fold in half the whipped cream.

Fold in remaining whipped cream.

Cover and refrigerate.

While custard is chilling, make dough.

In a large bowl, mix sugar, yeast, salt and 1 cup flour.

In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter to 120°-130°.

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Add to dry ingredients; beat on medium speed 1 minute.

Add eggs; beat on high 1 minute.

Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).

Turn dough onto a well floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes.

Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top.

Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

While dough is rising, make almond topping.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, honey and sugar.

Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved.

Remove from heat; stir in almonds.

Cool slightly and set aside.

Punch down dough.

Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll into a 9-in.


Transfer to greased 9-in.

springform baking pan, pressing to evenly fill pan with dough.

Spoon almond mixture over dough and gently spread to cover entire surface.

Cover pan with a kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until doubled, 25-30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Bake until topping is golden brown, 25-30 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes.

Loosen sides from pan with a knife.

Cool 1 hour longer.

Remove cake from base of springform pan.

Using a long serrated knife, cut cake horizontally in half; spread filling over cake.

Replace top of cake.

Serve immediately.

Chill leftovers.

Nutrition Facts 1 piece:

  • 548 calories, 32g fat (16g saturated fat), 178mg cholesterol, 314mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein.

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