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German Bee Sting Cake Kudos Kitchen Style
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
rise time
2 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 30 mins
German Bee Sting Cake is a yeasted cake with a beautiful texture, fantastic honey flavor (hence the name), a beautifully caramelized almond topping, not to mention the thick, creamy vanilla filling.
Course: cake, Dessert, pastry
Cuisine: Comfort Food, German
Keyword: German Bee Sting Cake, German Bienenstitch Cake
Servings: 16 slices
Calories: 380 kcal
For the make the cake;
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • teaspoon (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons honey
For the honey almond topping;
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • cups sliced almonds
For the filling;
  • cups heavy cream
  • 1 box (5.1 oz) instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
To make the cake;
  1. Assemble ingredients and bring the eggs, butter, and milk to room temperature.

  2. Add the flour, granulated sugar, yeast, and salt in a large bowl and mix to combine. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.

  3. Add the eggs, milk, honey, and butter to the center of the well. Mix well with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together to form a soft dough.

  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest for 60 minutes. *Note - the dough will not rise much.

  5. Generously butter a 9" round cake pan, however, a 9" round springform pan may be the better choice.

  6. Fit the bottom of the buttered cake pan with a disc of parchment paper which has been sprayed with baking spray.

  7. Add the cake dough to the pan and spread it out evenly.

  8. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise again for approximately 45 minutes.

To make the honey almond topping;
  1. Meanwhile, melt the butter, sugar, and honey in a heavy bottom saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Stir well and allow the mixture to cook, stirring frequently until the mixture deepens in color and turns a golden brown.

  3. Stir in the heavy cream, salt, and almonds.
  4. Stir frequently and allow the mixture to deepen in color but not burn. You're looking for a light amber color.

  5. Remove the honey almonds from the heat.

  6. Spoon the honey almond mixture over top of the unbaked cake, making sure to spoon the almonds all the way to the edges of the cake. 

    *Note - do not try and spread this mixture as it will tear the cake dough. Spoon it gently to cover as much as the surface of the cake as possible.

  7. Place the cake pan on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

  8. Cool the cake completely on a wire rack.

  9. Once cooled, invert the cake on a second wire rack. Remove the parchment paper from the bottom of the cake.

  10. Invert the cake one more time so it sits almond side up. 

  11. Use a serrated knife to gently slice the cake evenly in half, lengthwise.
To make the vanilla cream filling;
  1. In a medium bowl whisk heavy cream, vanilla pudding mix, and vanilla extract until it becomes thick and creamy.

  2. Place the bottom half of the cake on a serving platter, and drizzle honey liberally over the cake bottom.

  3. Spoon and spread the pudding mixture in an even layer over the bottom half of the cake. 

  4. Gently place the top of the cake, almond side up, onto the cream layer and press gently.
  5. Cover and refrigerate until ready serve.

Recipe Notes

**Note - This cake can be made up to two days prior to serving.

Tools and equipment;

large bowl, small bowl, wooden spoon, measuring cups, measuring spoons, medium saucepan, large spoon, 9" round cake pan OR a 9" round springform pan, baking sheet, parchment paper, scissors, butter for buttering the pan, baking spray, serrated knife, medium bowl, whisk, cake plate or serving platter, cooling racks.


Nutrition Facts
German Bee Sting Cake Kudos Kitchen Style
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 275mg12%
Potassium 149mg4%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 785IU16%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.