1/1 Photo of South African Beesting Cake With Custard Filling
1 hr 45 mins
I do not know where the "bee-sting" comes from, but this is a very popular cake in local home industries: those little shops filled with the specialties of good home cooks. This cake takes a little time, but it is worth it: it is cut into thin layers, which is spread with a custard filling. It's a delectable cake! Prep time is a guess! Please note that the custard filling can be made ahead, even the day before, and refrigerated. This cuts down on preparation time.
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- 2 cups flour (500 ml)
- 3 teaspoons baking powder (15 ml)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces butter (125 g)
- 1/2 cup superfine sugar (125 ml caster sugar)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 ounces butter (60 g)
- 4 tablespoons sugar (60 ml)
- 3 1/2 ounces sliced almonds (100 g)
- 1 tablespoon milk (15 ml)
- 1Preheat oven to 350 deg F/ 180 deg Celsius.
- 2Grease and flour a 9-inch (22 cm) loose-bottomed cake tin.
- 3Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, and add the vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, and beat well after each addition.
- 4Add the sifted dry ingredients, alternating with the milk, until you have a smooth sponge batter.
- 5Spread the batter in the prepared tin, and prepare the topping before the cake goes into the oven.
- 6Topping: combine all the ingredients in a small pot, stir, and heat until the sugar has dissolved. Pour this over the cake batter and spread evenly.
- 7Bake the cake in the preheated oven for 35 - 45 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
- 8Remove cake carefully and cool on a wire rack.
- 9While cake is in the oven, make the custard filling.
- 10Bring milk and cream just to simmering.
- 11Add cornstarch to the sugar, then beat egg yolks with this mixture and the vanilla until light and creamy.
- 12Slowly, in a thin stream, add the scalded milk while whisking. Now you need to put this mixture either in the pot you scalded the milk in, or in a double boiler. Heat, stirring, (I prefer stirring with a whisk) until the mixture thickens well. Do not boil it because the eggs will cook and the custard will separate, so be very careful.
- 13Stir in the butter, remove from heat, and cool.
- 14Once the cake and custard have cooled down, split the cake carefully into three thin layers. You can do this with thick cotton thread, pulling it through the cake from both sides. Or use a long serrated knife like a bread knife.
- 15Sandwich the layers together with the custard filling. The top should be golden, with lovely golden sliced almonds.
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Nutritional Facts for South African Beesting Cake With Custard Filling
Serving Size: 1 (155 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 10
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 500.8
- Calories from Fat 287
- Total Fat 31.9 g
- Saturated Fat 16.7 g
- Cholesterol 154.6 mg
- Sodium 382.7 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 46.7 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
- Sugars 20.8 g
- Protein 8.3 g