This Bienenstich recipe is my version of the traditional "German Bee Sting Cake" with its sweet, chewy, and nutty topping and creamy filling.
My Mutti's Beinenstich was oh-so-good! We were always thrilled when we came to visit and she had made it. For some reason, however, it didn't find it's way into my oven. I think I rebelled against the work of making the yeast dough in order to make this cake.
Combining several recipes and doing some alterations, and, voila, here's Mike's birthday cake. NO YEAST!
Cake Layer Ingredients:
Cake Layer Instructions:
Recently I'd been asked to post a "Bee Sting Cake" recipe and realized how much I missed having this cake (Mutti died several years ago.)
Usually Bienenstich is made on a baking sheet, so the resulting cake is quite large. Great for large parties since yeast dough is fairly inexpensive. However, it really does need to be eaten the same day it's made because the yeast dough dries out fairly quickly.
So, now came the fun of finding a recipe that was easy. Even though yeast baking is easy, it is a bit time consuming. I needed something easy AND quick AND not made with yeast. This recipe is the result!
I used a 9-inch spring-form pan, that I sprayed liberally with a cooking spray. The cake was big enough for 12 servings.
The only tricky part of this recipe is the timing. You make the cake layer, bake it, and during the baking time you make the topping, which takes a bit of time. The topping is put on the cake just as the cake is finished baking and then the whole thing is placed under the broiler to finish browning the top.
To make it all go smoother, have the topping ingredients already pre-measured and ready to go so that the topping is ready when the cake is ready.
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Here's what some of our readers say:
Joy B: Our family always used white vinegar instead of lemon juice, and added paprika ... but I think I'd like this version better!
Alice D: Every time I make these I always have to make 3 times as much! Our friends always want some so it never goes to waste.
Gaby S: This is in my oven right NOW!!! Can't wait to try it!
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