Baking for the Holidays
Second only to Christmas, there is almost no better holiday for baking, than Easter. There are beautiful cupcakes, breads and, cakes to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth! And of course, they will have to be displayed just right. Let me share some ideas, how to accomplish all of that.
I love the Hearth & Hand with Magnolia from Chip and Joanna Gaines kitchen & dining series. She has this wonderful 2-tier wood & metal cake stands, that will display any cupcakes perfectly for them to be noticed on any buffet. I personally really like the covered pedestal cake stand that will show off anyone’s baking skills, and protect the baked goods until they are ready to be served.
I’d like to share a recipe from my home country of Germany that will really impress your guests. I like to bake, although I have to admit I am not a brilliant baker, but I enjoy it a lot. And honestly, I usually don’t need a holiday to bring out the baking pans.
In many regions throughout Germany, it is a tradition to bake on Saturday to enjoy coffee and cake with family and friends on Sunday afternoon. When I bake, and the scent of home baked pastries or cakes is filling my home, I am always reminded of times when I still lived at home with my parents and siblings. On Saturday afternoons, my Mom would be baking for Sunday, and the sweet scents of vanilla, almond and other spices would fill the house. Come Sunday, we often had relatives or friends over to share cake, and coffee.
Although when you think of German cakes you may immediately think of the famous Black Forest cake, but there are many cakes to choose from. German baked goods are very exquisite, although they are not nearly as rich as some American cakes, they are very flavorful and each of them have their own character.
Photo by Jasmin Weigand
One of an all-time favorite in Germany is the “Bienenstich”, which translates to Bee Sting cake. I have a few recipes that have been passed down in my family, which I like to share with you. Below is one of them, I still make it to today, so I can share it with friends and family on different occasions. The cake is a two-part cake, and the dough part is firm with the almonds on top, and filled with a nice pudding based white fluffy filling. Here are some pictures of one we recently made, isn’t it beautiful.
The cake is a two-part cake, the dough base creates one part and the pudding filling is the other part. All together this cake is made in six steps.
German Bee Sting Cake
Step 1 - Prepare the dough
Step 2 - Make the topping
Step 3 - Prepare for baking
Step 4 - Baking
Step 5 - Prepare the filling
Step 6 - Assemble the cake
That’s all there is to it! Now your beautiful Bee Sting cake is finished and ready to share with your friends and family. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
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