German Bienenstich or Bee Sting Cake – Fast Version

German Bienenstich

The German Bienenstich, or Bee sting cake in English, is a traditional German cake and can be found in almost every German bakery. The name means literally “Bee Sting cake“. There is a legend where the baker who baked the cake had been stung by a bee because the sweet top layer of the cake attracted too many bees. The topping of this cake consists of a layer if caramelized honey almonds.
You may ask: Why is this a fast version?
Because this proven German recipe is not using a yeast dough and no honey. There is another way to make the dough by using yeast – – Go to the Recipe –  Happy Baking!

Ingredients German Bienenstich

4 eggs, separated
80 g sugar – 2.8oz
100 g flour – 3.5oz
20 g corn starch – 0.7oz
1 tbsp baking powder (not baking soda)

Filling and Topping:
100-200 ml heavy cream – 6.7 fl oz (200 ml makes the filling very rich)
1 package Dr. Oetker vanilla pudding – How to make vanilla pudding –
250 g sliced almonds – 8.8oz

Baking Instructions German Bienenstich

– Beat egg white until very firm (add a dash salt).
– Beat egg yolks with sugar until foamy, mix flour with baking powder and starch, add it to egg yolks. Mix well.
– Carefully fold in firm egg whites with a spatula.
– Grease a form diameter 22-24 cm (or layer it with parchment paper), then fill dough into the form.
– Sprinkle sliced almonds on top (this is the topping)

.german bienenstich baking mix

– Bake in pre-heated oven for 20 minutes on 180 C or 350 F.
– Meanwhile beat heavy cream until firm.
– For the filling make pudding per instructions, let cool off  a bit (place plastic foil on top so no skin would build). Mix it with the heavy cream. Keep cool.
– Take the cake and place it on a baking rack,
– Remove parchment paper, turn it around and let cool off.
– Cut cake in half (horizontal) and spread a layer of the filling on the lower half (the cream is in the middle).
– Keep cake cool until you serve it.

german beesting cake bienenstich

Note: The German recipe is using “paradise cream” from Dr Oetker instead of Pudding.


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8 Comments on “German Bienenstich or Bee Sting Cake – Fast Version

  1. I was so excited to see this recipe. Have been looking all over for this and faschnachts. Both are great memories of my Mother’s baking and growing up in a very German town at the time. My Mom didn’t use mashed potatoes when making the doughnuts, and that is all I have found. She passed away suddenly and never got her recipe.

  2. Once you get through your conversions, this cake was definitely worth the effort, which was almost no effort at all. Seeing the happy faces as my family ate it was motivating to make me want to perfect it! I will be making this cake again and again and again. Thanks for posting this recipe and giving me an opportunity to bond with my German ancestry. 🙂

  3. Is there a page that tells you how to convert your measurements. I’m grateful for the recipe, but I need help with the proportions.

  4. weould get this from the german bakery truck when it came thru the american housing when we were stationed in augsburg.