recipe serves 12

The bee sting cake

½ cup milk
¼ each unsalted butter stick
5 each egg white
3 Tbsp sugar
¼ tsp cream of tartar
5 each egg yolk
¾ cup sugar
1 cup self rising flour
1 cup almond meal
¾ each unsalted butter stick
5 Tbsp sugar
¾ cup creme fraiche
1/8 cup espresso
cup chopped pecans
4 Tbsp sweetened shredded coconut
½ pint heavy cream (236ml)
1 Tbsp instant vanilla pudding powder
1 Tbsp sugar

Preparation steps:
  1. In a deep bowl microwave 1/2 cup milk and 1/4 stick of butter for 2 minutes on medium heat. Set aside to cool down to room temperature.
  2. Whip the egg whites with sugar and cream of tartar until stiff. Keep refrigerated.
  3. Cream the egg yolks, sugar and the milk and butter mix.
    Add the flour and almond meal and mix well.
  4. Fold in the egg whites.
  5. Butter a 10-inch diameter cake pan. (26 cm).
    Bake at 325F for about 50 minutes.
  6. In the meantime prepare the topping: In a small pot melt the butter, sugar, creme fraiche and espresso. Turn off the heat and add the pecans and shredded coconut. Mix well.
  7. Remove the cake from the oven after 50 minutes and turn the oven on high broil.
  8. Spread the topping evenly on the cake.
  9. Lower the oven rack to a quarter from the oven bottom. Return the cake to oven for about 1-2 minutes to brown the topping. The pecans can burn easily under the broiler if kept in the oven too long.
  10. Remove from oven and cool down to room temperature.
  11. Prepare the cream filling: whip the heavy cream with vanilla pudding powder and sugar. Check if the cream is sweet enough, may need to add some sugar.
  12. Slice the cake in half. Spread the cream filling and leave a little bit to cover the sides of the cake.
  13. Reassemble the cake. Spread filling around the cake to cover.
  14. Keep refrigerated.
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Take note!
  • Measurements:
    ¼ butter stick = 1 oz = 28 gram
    ¾ butter stick = 3 oz = 84 gram
  • Raw pecans pieces and almond meal can be purchased at Trader's Joe.

  • Substitute almond meal with finally chopped pecans or pecans meal.
  • Substitute 1/8 espresso cup with 1 tsp nes cafe mixed with 1/8 hot water.