Vintage German Bee Sting Cake

Vintage German Bee Sting Cake

A classic dessert in Germany and German-speaking countries, this Vintage German Bee Sting Cake is one of those sweet treats that no one is able to resist when it's put out on the table. Delectably sugary with an amazing texture, this easy to make cake recipe is one you'll find yourself preparing again and again. A hit with nearly any crowd, this old-fashioned dessert recipe is one that will please your family for generations to come!

Cooking Time30 min


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • For the Topping:
  • 10 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8" x 8" pan.
  2. Mix eggs, sugar, vanilla, flour and baking powder.
  3. Bring milk and butter to a boil and mix with batter mixture.
  4. Pour into pan and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until cake tests done.
  5. Mix topping ingredients together in saucepan and broil until topping is bubbly and warm.
  6. Spread topping on cake while it is still warm.


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Honey comes from bees that is why it is called beesting cake the topping has to have honey in it that is whey my recipe for the topping I gave you makes sense

You do broil, NOT boil. The heat from the broiler makes the topping golden. Just make sure you watch it very carefully!!

The beesting comes from Honey you boil a 1/2 cup of butter 1/4 cup of sugar 2Tspoons of honey 2 T spoons of milk 1 cup slivered almonds I teaspoon almond extract bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat stirring pour over cake batter.

I assume that is "boil" and not "broil" for the topping. Just curious about the name! Nothing in the ingredients indicate a "bite" or "sting" to cake! :)

I was thinking the same as you, about the name of the cake. Then I just figured that it must be one of those "lost in the translation" names. Does sound good and will try to find time to make it for Memorial Day Pig-Pickin' Picnic.

Having lived in Germany for several years among the German people, and owning several German language cookbooks, a "Bienen Stich", or "Bee Sting" cake should have slivered almonds as a topping, not coconut. The slivered almond is long, often with a point on the end like a bee's stinger, thus the name, "Bee Sting."


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