Bienenstich Ingredients

Dough Ingredients

  • 500g flour (3 1/3 cup)
  • 70g butter (about 3 / 8 cup, or 3 oz)
  • 50g sugar (1/4 cup)
  • 250ml milk (1 cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pack of yeast (7 gram)
  • 1 pak of vanilla sugar (alternative, 1 tblsp sugar + 2 tsp. vanilla extract)

Pudding Filling Ingredients

  • 2 packs of pudding mix.  The one I am using requires 300ml of cold milk per pack.  So, there's no heating involved.  The product I am using is available on Amazon as well.  You can find it here:
  • 500ml chilled heavy cream (2 cups) - using heavy cream instead of milk, as it gives me a firmer texture

Almond Topping Ingredients

  • 100ml heavy cream (about a tablespoon less than 1/2 cup)
  • 100g butter (about a tablespoon less than 1/2 cup)
  • 200g sliced almonds (2 cups)
  • 75g sugar (1/3 cup)

Bienenstich Instructions

Dough instructions

  1. Place butter in milk and heat until melted.  Allow it to fully cool to room temperature before proceeding.
  2. Pour all ingredients in a large bowl and combine.  Knead for a minute or two. 
  3. Place in a warm spot and allow to rise for 1 hour.
  4. Line a 28 cm diameter springform pan or cake ring (11") with parchment paper and grease with butter.
  5. Roll dough in springform pan.
  6. Poke holes with a fork.  The more, the more it will absorb the almond topping.
  7. Then proceed to almond topping instructions.

Almond topping instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except for sliced almond in a saucepan until the butter has melted.
  2. Remove from heat and pour sliced almonds into saucepan and combine.
  3. Distribute almond topping all over dough and allow to rise for another 15 minutes.  
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit / 180 Celcius.
  5. Cover cake with alumnium foil and bake for 12 minutes.  Remove foil and bake for another 12 minutes.
  6. Allow to fully cool and cut horizontally in half.  Slice 4 to 8 slices from the top crusted layer, as it will become too challenging to cut later when filled.
  7. Proceed to pudding filling.

Pudding filling instructions.

  1. Pour pudding mixture and heavy cream into a large bowl and mix until stiff.
  2. Distribute filling on bottom half of cake. Place top cake on top.
  3. Allow to cool for 1 hr.
Bienenstich Instructions Step 1

German classic cake step 2

Sliced almonds instructions

Sliced almonds for Bienenstich

Distribute topping

Bienenstich before oven

Bienenstich filling pudding
Bienenstich Classic German Cake Recipe in English