Bienenstich: German Cake Perfect For Summer Bring The Hive To Your House

This is a recipe for Bee Sting Cake, a traditional German cake made with honey and bee pollen. I first had this cake while traveling in Germany, and it quickly became one of my favorite desserts. The combination of sweet honey and rich bee pollen makes for a delicious and unique flavor that I haven’t found in any other cake.

Bee Sting Cake

Prep Time

30 mins

Cook Time

25 mins


90 mins

Total Time

2 hrs 25 mins


8 servings

Bee Sting Cake


  • Yolks from 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) whole milk
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons (40g) honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/3 (280g) cups bread flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons (40g) honey’ 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup 115g sliced almonds


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together yolks, milk, vanilla, sugar, cornstarch, and salt until smooth. Pour mixture into a saucepan over medium heat, and cook while stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Remove from heat, and pour into prepared pan.
  • In the same bowl you used for the cake batter, whisk together whipping cream, milk, butter, honey, eggs bread flour yeast, and salt until smooth. Pour this mixture over the top of the cake layer in the pan. Sprinkle sliced almonds over the top.
  • Bake at 425 degrees F (218 degrees C) for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
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Nutrition Facts

  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 190
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Saturated fat: 5 g
  • Unsaturated fat: 3.5 g
  • Trans fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 80 mg
  • Sodium: 230 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugar : 12g
  • Protein 4g

Why is it called a bee sting cake?

The cake is called a bee sting cake because the topping of caramelized almonds resembles a beehive. The name of the cake comes from the Bavarian city of Deisenhofen, where it is said to have originated.

What is bee sting cake made of?

Bee sting cake is a delicious German dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. The cake is made of sweet yeast dough, topped with caramelized almonds, and filled with vanilla whip cream. The combination of these flavors makes for a truly unique and unforgettable taste experience.

How is a beesting torte different from bee sting cake?

A bee sting cake is significantly different from your average beesting torte. For starters, a bee sting cake is made with coffee syrup in the filling. This gives the cake a richer flavor and deeper color than a beesting torte, which is made with whip cream, sugar, and instant vanilla pudding powder. Additionally, the coffee syrup provides a bit of extra moisture to the cake, making it more tender and moist than its Torte counterpart.

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