Oma's Bienenstich Recipe ~ Bee Sting Cake

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

This Bienenstich recipe is my quick version of my Mutti's traditional German Bee Sting Cake with its sweet, chewy, and nutty topping and creamy filling. 

Mutti's Bienenstich was oh-so-good!

For some reason, though, it didn't find it's way into my oven. So, I decided to create a recipe that was quick and easy.

And, although yeast baking is easy, it is a bit time consuming. I needed something easy AND quick AND made without yeast.

You see, a couple of years ago, I'd been asked to post a "Bee Sting Cake" recipe in my Kaffeeklatscher group on Facebook and realized how much I missed having the cake my Mutti used to make. After all, this German food is SO good!

Bienenstich Cake: German

I combined several German recipes. I did some alterations, and, voila, I made my son, Mike, a Bienenstich birthday cake. WITHOUT YEAST!

Now, this may not be the traditional German recipe, but it is wunderbar lecker! It certainly satisfies our need for German deliciousness!

The traditional Bienenstich ...

Usually Bienenstich is made on a baking sheet, so the resulting cake is quite large. That's 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.

The usual filling for this Bee Sting cake is either rich vanilla custard, whipped cream or buttercream.

If you're wanting to see how to make a traditional yeast version, take a look at this one, and you'll understand what I mean, as far as the time it takes, and extra work.

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Oma's non-traditional Bienenstich

Tasting like the traditional one, but without the yeast, this one is a quicker version. Tastes so good, and doesn't dry out as quickly as the yeast one.

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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Start with the cake ...

Ingredients for the Bienenstich cake layer

Get all the ingredients together for the cake ...

... and get the ingredients ready and measured for the topping as well. You'll be making the topping while the cake is baking and you don't want to find out that you're missing something. 

I like using slivered almonds for their added crunch, although sliced almonds are more traditional. You choose which you'd prefer.

Ingredients for the topping of the Bienenstich cake

After you make the batter for the cake, put it into a spring-form pan, and bake.

Immediately, start making the topping. You want the topping to be ready the moment the cake is finished in the oven.

Bienenstich cake layer ready to bake

As you're making the topping, keep your eyes on the cake. You want the cake to be just nicely lightly golden and firm to the touch.

Making the nutty topping for the Bienenstich cake

As soon as the cake is ready, spoon the warm topping over the top. Meanwhile, turn the broiler on.

If the topping gets too thick, just before you go to put it onto the cake, add a bit of honey or cream and heat slightly.

Placing the nutty topping on top of the Bienenstich cake

Place the cake under the broiler.

Be careful because the top can burn quickly. This will only take a few minutes to get golden on top.

Bienenstich topping being broiled until golden brown

Carefully run a knife around the top edge while it is still warm to loosen the sticky topping from the edge of the pan.

Let the cake cool completely. Remove the outer ring and them carefully lift the cake off the bottom of the springform.

Bienenstich cake ready to be filled with a cream filling

Once the cake is cold, cut it into two layers.

If you wish, to make cutting the finished cake easier, you may want to cut the top layer into 10 to 12 wedges.

In the cake pictured above, I didn't cut it into wedges, but left it whole.

Cut the Bienenstich cake into layers

Make the cream filling.

Place a cake ring around the bottom layer. If you don't hav a cake ring, just place the outer ring from the spring-form pan around the cake. Spoon the filling over the cake. 

Add the creamy filling to the Bienenstich cake

Place the top layer over the cream and press down slightly.

If you've cut the top into wedges, just assemble them on top. This will actually make cutting the finished cake easier, eliminating any possibility of the cream being squished out during cutting through the nutty top layer.

Place the nutty topping layer over the cream layer of the Bienenstich cake

Remove the outer ring and refrigerate the cake until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Wunderbar! The finsihed product! German Bienenstich cake

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Oma's Bienenstich Recipe ~ Bee Sting Cake

This Bienenstich recipe is my quick version of my Mutti's traditional German Bee Sting Cake with its sweet, chewy, and nutty topping and creamy filling. Mutti's Bienenstich was oh-so-good!

For some reason, though, it didn't find its way into my oven. So, I decided to create a recipe that was quick and easy.

Prep Time

40 minutes

Bake Time

25 minutes

Total Time

65 minutes


This will make 12 servings.


Cake Layer:

  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (130 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp (4 g) baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • ½ cup (120 ml) milk
  • 1 tbsp (14 g) unsalted butter


  • ¼ cup (57 g) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • 1½ tbsp (32 g) honey
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) whipping cream
  • 1 cup (110 g) slivered or sliced almonds
  • ½ tsp (3 ml) vanilla extract


  • 2 cups (480 ml) whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp (28 g) instant vanilla pudding powder
  • 2 tbsp (16 g) powdered sugar


Cake Layer:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Measure the topping ingredients and set them aside. That way they’ll be ready to make the topping while the cake is baking. 
  3. Into large mixing bowl, mix eggs and sugar until thick and creamy.
  4. Stir flour, baking powder and salt together and stir into egg mixture.
  5. Heat milk and butter to just about boiling (I microwaved for about 30 seconds), stir and mix into batter.
  6. Pour into greased 9-inch springform pan. Bake for about 20 - 30 minutes until firm to touch and wooden toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  7. While the cake is baking, make the topping!


  1. In a small pan, melt butter over low heat. Add sugar, honey and whipping cream, stirring continually.
  2. Bring to boil and boil gently for 5 minutes, stirring continually.
  3. Stir in almonds and vanilla.
  4. Set aside to cool slightly and carefully spread topping on cake immediately as it comes out of the oven.
  5. Set oven to broil.
  6. Broil cake for a few minutes until the top is nicely browned being careful it doesn't burn!
  7. Let cake cool on a wire rack. Remove outer ring from spring-form carefully.


  1. Whip cream, sugar and instant vanilla pudding powder until stiff.
  2. Cut the cold cake into 2 layers.
  3. Spread filling on bottom layer.
  4. Place top layer on top of filling. To make it easier to serve, cut this top layer first into wedges and then place on top of filling.
  5. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.


  • If the topping gets too thick before spreading on cake, add an extra tablespoon of honey and/or cream and reheat.
  • Place the outer ring of the spring-form pan back around the bottom layer in order to neatly put the filling on the cake. Place the top layer into the pan. Let sit in fridge until needed. Then remove the outer ring. Nice and neat!
  • Bienenstich with the "chewy" topping can be difficult to cut through neatly without the cream filling squeezing out. It really is best if you cut the cake into 2 layers, cut the top layer into serving size wedges before you place them neatly on top of the filling. Makes for neater serving.
  • If you prefer a less sweet filling, reduce the amount of powdered sugar.
  • Another way to cut the cake (if you don't precut the wedges) is to use an electric knife. This tip is thanks to our Facebook fan, Candy B.
  • If you love Bienenstich, you'll also love my Blitz Torte!

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03.20.2021 revision update

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My Bienenstich recipe is an easy version of the traditional "German Bee Sting Cake". Sweet, chewy, nutty top and creamy filling. Yummy!

Ingredients: eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, milk, butter, honey, whipping cream, almonds, vanilla, vanilla pudding powder,

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