Heide's Bienenstich Recipe – German Bee Sting Cake

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Here's a traditional Bienenstich made with a yeast dough and filled with an unusual Caramel Custard Cream ... So Wunderbar!

Sent in by one of our Facebook fans, Christopher Matthes, who shared this photo of the one his wife, Heide, made for him. 

Here's a traditional Bienenstich made with a yeast dough and filled with an unusual Caramel Custard Cream

This one uses a Brioche dough ... perhaps not a usual German yeast dough, but this sounds so wonderfully buttery and light. This is also definitely not a quick recipe, but with a bit of planning, it shouldn't be that difficult to make.

I'm writing it below, just the way Chris sent it to me!

Brad made this as well ...

Another of our Facebook fans, Brad, sent in his photo of Bienenstich after following Heide's recipe. He also included several notes, that I'll include near the bottom.

I suggest you really do read them BEFORE you start baking.

Chris' Bienenstich ... German Bee Sting Cake ... so Wunderbar!

Thanks, Chris, for sending in this recipe. It's definitely on my to-do list. Perhaps I'll make it with my granddaughter when she comes over in a couple of weeks.

She's always wanting to make something different!

Brad also wrote ...

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First attempt, Great. Increase caramel recipe for greater volume between layers.  

I toasted almonds separate, mixed in bowl with honey then applied.  

As mentioned in earlier message, caution where and how you add milk/cornstarch mixture to hot caramel. "frothing"  I used a heavy-bottomed pan, worked great. Fortunately moved pan to center of our 48" range griddle which helped me recover fluids after "volcanic frothing".  

The Bienenstich I usually make ...

The Bienenstich that I normally make is a quick one, that doesn't use yeast. Now, this may not be traditional, but it is wunderbar lecker! It certainly satisfies our need for German deliciousness!

Take a look at mine here and then decide which one of these delicious Bee Sting Cakes you are going to make! 

Above is the Bienenstich I normally make, but Chris' sure sounds delightful. I love the idea of making a Caramel Custard Cream. Why not give it a try?

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Heide's Bienenstich Recipe – German Bee Sting Cake

Here's Heide's traditional Bienenstich made with a brioche yeast dough and filled with an unusual Caramel Custard Cream ... Wunderbar!

This was sent in by one of our Facebook fans, Christopher Matthes, who shared this photo of the one his wife, Heide, made for him. 

Prep Time

90 minutes

Bake Time

35 minutes

Total Time

125 min + rising time


Makes 8 - 10 servings


Brioche Dough:

  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • ⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon honey, divided
  • 1½ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons bread flour, divided
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds

Caramel Custard Cream:

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1⅓ cups whole milk, divided
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream


*Paddle attachment for mixer is best, otherwise stir by hand

Making the Dough:

  1. Small sauce pan add: Milk and 1 tablespoon honey
  2. Heat to 110°F
  3. Pour mix into electric mixing bowl and sprinkle over yeast
  4. Let stand approximately 10 minutes, until yeast is creamy
  5. Paddle attachment – low speed gradually 
  6. add: eggs, all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, add all but 2 tablespoons of bread flour
  7. Mix till dough is smooth and elastic (medium speed). Should be very soft.
  8. Transfer to work surface and knead by hand to ensure butter is completely incorporated into dough.
  9. Shape dough into a ball and transfer to medium bowl with buttered sides.
  10. Cover with plastic and set in warm place (1½ - 2 hours), until doubled in size.
  11. Punch dough down to deflate, knead a few times
  12. Return dough to bowl, cover, refrigerate at least 4 hours (up to 12 hours)
  13. Dough should double in volume, if not, let dough stand at room temperature till it does.
  14. Butter bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan
  15. Shape dough into a ball, smooth side up, flatten ball gently with palm till dough covers bottom of pan
  16. Cover pan and let dough rise until its puffed (approximately 1 hour)
  17. Pre-heat oven 350°F
  18. In a small sauce pan, heat up ⅓ cup honey till warm, brush over top of dough, sprinkle with almonds
  19. Bake 30-35 minutes, till a lovely golden brown and toothpick comes out clean
  20. Cool cake in pan, set on wire rack approximately 15 minutes. 
  21. Remove cake from pan and cool completely on rack.

Making the Custard:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk egg and cornstarch, gradually add ⅓ cup milk till smooth, set aside.
  2. Place remaining 1 cup milk in small microwave cup – microwave on high till scalding (1½ - 3 minutes)
  3. In a small, heavy-bottomed sauce pan combine: sugar and water
  4. On medium heat, stir constantly till sugar dissolves
  5. Increase heat to high and cook without stirring and occasionally brushing down sides of pan with wet pastry brush, till syrup caramelizes and turns golden amber color
  6. Remove pan from heat and add hot milk (mix will bubble up)
  7. Return pan to low heat and cook, stir constantly till any harden caramel dissolves and mix is smooth.
  8. Whisk ¼ cup hot caramel mix into egg and cornstarch mix
  9. Place all mixture in saucepan, cook over medium heat, whisk constantly, till boil
  10. Boil and whisk constantly for 1 minute
  11. Remove pan from heat, scrape bottom of pan with spatula and whisk till smooth
  12. Whisk in butter till melted
  13. Quickly strain custard through fine mesh sieve into medium bowl
  14. Whisk in vanilla extract and salt
  15. Set bowl with caramel mix in a large bowl filled with ⅓ of the way filled with ice water (don’t let water get into mixture)
  16. Stir custard mix frequently till slightly chilled (approximately 15 minutes)
  17. Cover surface of custard with plastic wrap and refrigerate till ready to assemble 

Homemade Whipped Cream:

  1. Place metal mixing bowl along with whisk attachment into freezer for 15 minutes prior to making whipped cream
  2. Beat ½ cup heavy whipping cream at high speed till medium peaks form

Cake Assembly:

  1. Use a long serrated knife to cut cake into 2 layers
  2. Caramel custard, beat vigorously with rubber spatula till smooth
  3. Gently fold whipped cream into caramel custard
  4. Spread caramel cream over bottom layer of cake (thick layer)
  5. Top with other cake layer
  6. Sprinkle top of cake with powdered sugar

Brad's NOTES regarding this recipe:

  • Frothing is a correct note but caution should be to pour mixture in slowly or allow enough time for caramel to cool before adding Cornstarch/milk mixture avoiding a volcanic reaction. When adding Milk/Cornstarch mix to Caramel, place pan aside away from heat as in recipe, where you can clean-up if needed.  Wish I had had that on video.
  • Pour remaining milk/cornstarch mixture in "slowly" to minimize "frothing".
  • Increase recipe for Caramel filling.  9-inch cake, mine was on the thin side with ⅜-inch thick. Cake is on the dry side needs more filling ½-inch or more.
  • I toasted almonds on a pan separately, then mixed honey-coating the almonds.  Carefully spreading on top after cake finished.  Leave cake form on while applying Honey/almond topping. 
  • As all oven temps vary, watch your cake so it does not get over cooked. Mine could have come out 3 - 4 minutes earlier than the recommended time in the recipe.

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Here's a traditional Bienenstich made with a yeast dough and filled with an unusual Caramel Custard Cream

Heide's Bienenstich (Bee Sting Cake)

Heide's Bienenstich (Bee Sting Cake)
Here's a traditional Bienenstich made with a yeast dough and filled with an unusual Caramel Custard Cream ... So Wunderbar!

Ingredients: milk, honey, yeast, eggs, flour, sugar, honey, butter cream, almonds, salt, cornstarch, milk, heavy cream,

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