Bee Sting (Bienenstich) Bundt Cake

The air is buzzing with talk of this delicious, springtime treat. Enter the Bee Sting (Bienenstich) Bundt Cake! We love the flavors of this storied cake and thought to combine it with one of our favorite styles of cake- a Bundt of course.

German in origin, Bienenstich dates back to the 15th century when legend has it that the townspeople of Andernach, Germany, avoided an attack on them by hurling bees’ nests at the attackers, causing them to run away. The town’s bakers celebrated by creating a version of what is now called Bienenstich. No matter its origin, the bee sting cake is delicious! The yeast in the cake dough creates a light and fluffy crumb with a golden-brown exterior. It is sweetened with honey as well as sugar, giving it a slight floral taste. The cake is halved and filled with a smooth and thick custard and covered with a sweet and crunchy almond topping. For a stunning look to your cake, we suggest baking it in the Nordic Ware® Elegant Party Bundt® pan. The simple scalloped sides and ready-to-slice style create an irresistible honey-kissed treat!

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Bee Sting (Bienenstich) Bundt Cake
Makes 1 (10-cup) Bundt cake
  • 2½ cups (313 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2¼ teaspoons (7 grams) instant yeast
  • 1½ teaspoons (4.5 grams) kosher salt
  • ⅔ cup (160 grams) warm whole milk (120°F/49°C to 130°F/54°C)
  • 5 tablespoons (105 grams) honey, divided
  • 1 large egg (50 grams), room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons (8 grams) vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (114 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature and divided
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 grams) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup (95 grams) sliced almonds
  • Custard Filling (recipe follows)
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat flour, yeast, and salt at low speed just until combined. Add warm milk, 3 tablespoons (63 grams) honey, egg, and vanilla, and beat until a shaggy dough forms. Switch to the dough hook attachment. Add ¼ cup (57 grams) butter, and beat at medium speed until a smooth, tacky dough forms and pulls away from sides of bowl, 10 to 12 minutes. Turn out dough, and shape into a smooth ball.
  2. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, cream, remaining ¼ cup (57 grams) butter, and remaining 2 tablespoons (42 grams) honey. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until butter is melted and sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and fold in sliced almonds.
  4. Spray a 10-cup Bundt pan with baking spray with flour. Pour sugar mixture into prepared pan, using a spoon or spatula to spread and level mixture.
  5. Punch down dough, and turn out onto a clean surface. Pat or roll into an 18×8-inch rectangle, pressing down to completely flatten dough and pop any remaining air bubbles. Starting at one long side, roll dough into a tight rope, firmly pressing dough as you roll; pinch seam to seal. Shape dough into a ring, with seam on inside of ring. Place dough, seam side facing inside of pan, in prepared pan. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until puffed, 30 to 45 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  7. Bake until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted near center registers at least 190°F (88°C), 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert cake onto a wire rack, and let cool completely.
  8. Using a large, serrated knife, cut cooled cake in half horizontally. Slide top half onto a cake board or plate to move. Spread Custard Filling onto bottom half of cake. Slide top half of cake on top of filling. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. Best served same day.

Custard Filling
Makes 2¼ cups
  • 3 large egg yolks (56 grams), room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons (36 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (16 grams) cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon (1.5 grams) kosher salt
  • 1 cup (240 grams) half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon (14 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons (12 grams) vanilla bean paste
  • ½ cup (120 grams) cold heavy whipping cream
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat half-and-half over low heat, stirring frequently, just until steaming. (Do not boil.) Slowly add half of half-and-half to egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Add egg mixture to remaining half-and-half in pan. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly; cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk in butter and vanilla. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing wrap directly on surface of custard to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until cold, at least 30 minutes.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat cold cream at medium-high speed until medium-stiff peaks form. Add cold custard, and beat until combined and fluffy, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Use immediately.


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