German Bee Sting Cake with Sourdough – Bienenstich Torte

The sourdough cake layer has a similar consistency to a classic yeast dough. Nevertheless, the dough does not require any yeast or baking powder and is made with just sourdough. The Bienenstich cake is filled with a creamy custard filling made from whipped cream and vanilla custard. A crunchy, caramelized topping made from almonds, butter, sugar and honey adds the crunch. This bee sting cake with pudding filling and sourdough is the perfect cake for a cozy coffee date on Mother’s Day.

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Pudding cream for the bee sting cake

The Bienenstich cake is filled with a cream made from whipped cream and vanilla custard. This cream is a little lighter than buttercream and is therefore perfect for spring. Of course, you can also fill the cake with a classic buttercream or just whipped cream. Any cream looks good on the fluffy sourdough cake layer.

Ingredients: What you need for your bee sting cake

  • Wheat flour, cake flour or type 405.
  • Sourdough starter: The sourdough doesn’t have to be freshly fed, but it shouldn’t have been more than a week since it was last refreshed. If you have discard left over, I have the right recipes for you here. I feed my sourdough with equal parts water and flour. For the flour, I use a mixture of wheat flour and wholegrain rye flour. If you feed your sourdough with a different water-to-flour ratio, you will need to adjust the amount of water in the recipe accordingly.
  • Butter (soft) or a vegan alternative.
  • Sugar and honey for sweetness.
  • Milk and whipped cream or a plant-based alternative.
  • Salt and vanilla extract for flavour.
  • Almonds (chopped and sliced) for the topping.
  • Vanilla custard mix
  • Cream stiffener for more stability of the custard cream.

In three steps: How to make the bee sting cake with sourdough

  1. To make the dough, mix all the ingredients together and leave to rest overnight.
  2. Pour the dough into the cake tin and leave to rest. Prepare the custard filling and the almond topping. Spread the almond topping on the dough and bake.
  3. Leave the cake to cool, cut in half and fill with custard cream. Keep the bee sting cake in the fridge until ready to serve.

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  • A Danish Whisk* – especially if you don’t use a kitchen machine. This allows you to mix your ingredients without the whole dough sticking to the spoon.
  • A kitchen scale*.
  • The round enamel cake tin* is scratch-resistant, durable and ideal for cakes and tarts.
  • A wooden rolling pin*.
  • A steam tray consisting of a stainless steel oven mould* and lava stones*. The tray is filled with the stones and placed on the bottom of the oven during preheating. When you put your bread in the oven, pour hot water onto the stones. This creates steam, which ensures that your bread rises well.
  • A cooling rack* for bread, rolls, cakes and waffles.
  • A sharp bread knife*.

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Recipe: German Bee Sting Cake with Sourdough – Bienenstich Torte

The sourdough cake layer has a similar consistency to a classic yeast dough. Nevertheless, the dough does not require any yeast or baking powder and is made with just sourdough. The Bienenstich cake is filled with a creamy custard filling made from whipped cream and vanilla custard. A crunchy, caramelized topping made from almonds, butter, sugar and honey adds the crunch. This bee sting cake with pudding filling and sourdough is the perfect cake for a cozy coffee date on Mother’s Day.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 12 hours
Total Time 13 hours 30 minutes
Cuisine German
Servings 8 Cake slices

Ingredients
  

dough

  • 400 g cake flour or type 405
  • 40 g sourdough starter
  • 60 g butter soft, or a vegan alternative
  • 60 g sugar
  • 240 g milk or a vegan alternative
  • 1 pinch salt

Toppings

  • 100 g chopped almonds
  • 100 g sliced almonds
  • 50 g butter or a vegan alternative
  • 40 g sugar
  • 3 tbsp. whipped cream or milk or a vegan alternative
  • 2 tbsp. honey or sirup

Custard cream

  • 400 ml milk or a vegan alternative
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla custard mix
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 250 ml whipped cream or a vegan alternative
  • 1 tablespoon cream stiffener
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Day 1

  • For the dough, mix the flour, sourdough starter, milk, butter, sugar and salt. Cover the dough and leave to proof at room temperature for six to eight hours. Stretch and fold after 30 minutes.
  • In winter, leave the dough to rest overnight at room temperature. In summer, leave the dough to proof for four to five hours at room temperature and then place in the fridge overnight.

Day 2

  • Pour the dough into a greased cake tin* and press onto the base of the tin. Cover the tin and leave to rest for one to two hours until the dough has significantly increased in volume.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees using a steam tray consisting of a stainless steel oven dish* and lava stones*.
  • For the almond topping, heat the butter, sugar, cream and honey in a pan. When all the ingredients have melted, add the almonds and bring everything to the boil. Leave the mixture to cool and spread onto the cake layer. Leave a one centimeter gap to the edge.
  • Bake the bee sting cake for 10 minutes with steam and 20 minutes without steam. Remove the cake from the tin* and allow to cool completely.
  • For the custard, prepare the vanilla custard according to the instructions on the packet, but only use 400 ml milk and sweeten with three tablespoons of sugar. Allow the pudding to cool completely. Strain the cooled pudding through a sieve.
  • Whip the cream with the cream stiffener and vanilla extract. Fold the cream into the cooled custard and refrigerate the mixture.
  • Cut the cake in half with a sharp knife*. Cut the top half of the cake into eight or twelve slices.
  • Spread the custard cream on the bottom layer of the cake. Carefully place the pieces from the top layer of the cake on the cream. Keep the bee sting cake in the fridge until ready to serve.

Notes

Tip: If the dough is too soft and difficult to shape, you can put it in the fridge for one to two hours. This makes the butter in the dough firm and the dough easier to work with.
Keyword no baking powder, no egg, no kneading, no yeast, overnight, sourdough cake, vegan

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