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Applesauce Bee Sting Cake

This simple cake, covered, stays moist and delicious for days. Make sure to invite someone for coffee if you do not want to snack on it endlessly. It's hard not to.

  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • 2 cuos flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • 1 ½ cups applesauce
  • 1 cup raisins, rinsed

  1. Cream butter and add honey gradually, then beat in the egg.
  2. Combine dry ingredients and add to first mixture alternately with applesauce.
  3. Stir in raisins.
  4. Spread into  9 x 9 inch greased pan.
  5. Bake at 350° F for about 45 min. Test with toothpick.
  6. Spread hot cake with broiled icing.
Broiled Icing:
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1/3 c liquid honey
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut
  • ½ cup chopped fresh walnuts

  1. Melt butter, add honey and cinnamon. Stir in coconut and walnuts.
  2. Spread on cake and put in oven on broil setting for about 2 minutes, until topping bubbles and browns lightly. (stay by the oven and watch)


  1. This cake looks wonderful and good to have on hand for unexpected company. Thanks for the inspiration :)

  2. Interesting - looks awesome & totally yummy!

  3. Looks great! I am going to try this today :)

  4. Besides the fact that this looks and sounds delicious, the name makes me smile! I love recipesa with names that make me want to know the story behind them. Is there a story for this one? Making this today! Thank you!

  5. I am assuming that this recipe came from your mom. Because I have a very similar one that came from my mom, but she put a crumb topping on of flour, butter and brown sugar. We just called it crumb spice cake. Mom often made it on Sunday afternoon, so she would have something ready in case company stopped in - and in those days that was quite common.

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  7. My parents are visiting this week and this is the kind of cake that my dad just loves. I may have to make it for him.

  8. I have this in the oven right now. What does rinsing the raisins do?

  9. I have to keep this in mind for this coming weekend. I have a house guest and several people popping in and out. I can taste it already. Kathy

  10. This sounds soooo good! Can't wait to try it!

  11. This looks so a cousin to the bienenstich I had over the weekend.

  12. This turned out great. I omitted the nutmeg and cloves (hubby doesn't like). I increased the cinnamon, and also subbed oatmeal for the coconut. Didn't have any. Everyone liked it.

  13. Oh, my, my, looks scrumptious! Might I ask the origin of this recipe? You have such an array of recipes that I know I shouldn't assume it's Mennonite or should I?

    L O V E your site and I so appreciate it.

    Thank you
    Susan S

  14. Susan - you are right, not all of these recipes are Mennonite - but they are cooked by Mennonite Girls. I do not remember where I got this recipe - I think it's been more than 30 years ago - maybe a chain letter deal I was in. (I hate those). I changed the name because the topping reminds me of the German Bee Sting cake... and with honey in there - I thought it sounded more interesting. Thank you for coming by.

  15. THis looks so so good, glad to have found your blog

  16. This looks wonderful! I'll be making it this weekend. Thanks to you and the other ladies...this is one of my favorite sites.


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