BEE STING CAKE - BIENENSTICH
This wonderful cake has a deep German heritage and its name Bienenstich, literally meaning “bee sting,” serves as a warning that the gorgeous glaze of honey and almonds doesn’t come without its risks. Legend has it that the creator of this cake was actually stung by a bee that had been attracted by the honey glaze – an occupational hazard that was apparently worth the risk since this dessert was destined to become a classic German favorite.
The recipe is simply a brioche yeast dough, baked with a glaze of honey and almonds on top, then sliced carefully in half to fill with pastry cream or custard. It’s a lovely, soft bread-like cake, that is perfumed with aromas from the crispy topping of honey and almonds, and the vanilla-infused pastry cream. It’s a perfectly light yet luxurious middle-of summer indulgence. Mind the bees though, if you’re enjoying this during a kaffeeklatsch with your friends outside on the porch.
We use local Bucks County honey along with raw whole milk, and butter from grass-fed cows for incredible wholesome and authentic flavor.
~ Andrea Bartholomew