This is a quick and easy variation of the classic German Bee Sting Cake that gives you a butter cream torte flavour without the labour intensity! Honey, almond and bavarian style cream filling…yum!
Bee Sting Cake or Bienenstich is named for the honey theme. The original recipe would also use a more dense cake mixture made with honey in the cake part as well as the topping. There are also version just with the dense cake and honey topping (no cream filling). There seem to be quite a few variation on the traditional so I don’t feel badly about adding my variation to the mix!
I have to admit I have been spoiled over the years. My husband’s mother and aunts used to all contribute a special German torte to special events. They all had their specialities and of course – I have to come to know and love them all! Black Forest Cake, Prince Regente Torte, Buttercream Torte….
One day I will make a full torte from scratch and post but today I have a quick and easy recipe for you. It is the old 80/20 rule… 80% of the flavour for 20% of the work. So this will be a great recipe for summer that limits your kitchen time but delivers great taste!
In the traditional version of the cake, the cake batter is very dense so the honey almond mixture sits on top and makes a consistent glaze. In my ‘cheater’ version some of the glaze sinks into the batter a bit because the cake batter is lighter. So it doesn’t make a solid glaze but you still get the flavour on top!
This cake is moist and is not overly sweet.. it is more creamy, vanilla-y. Definitely a hit around our house! Serve chilled from the fridge and it is a nice refreshing dessert. Perfect for a BBQ or picnic too!