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A Cake to make an Amish Widower Fall in Love (or any other man!)



Today is release day for THE AMISH CHRISTMAS CANDLE, a collection of three stories from three of your favorite Amish authors, Jennifer Beckstrand, Kelly Long, and Lisa Jones Baker. Aunt Bitsy gets her own love story! Ever since the release of my Honeybee Sisters series in the summer of 2016, many readers have asked me if Aunt Bitsy is going to get her own romance. Yes! In "A Honeybee Christmas," Bitsy Kiem, the Honeybee Sisters' eccentric aunt, has met her match. With her trusty shotgun and her troublesome cats, Aunt Bitsy catches the eye of an Amish widower who is determined to turn her into a proper Amish frau.

Aunt Bitsy is an excellent cook, and one of her specialties is Bienenstich Cake or Bee Sting Cake. This cake is guaranteed to make any Amish widower fall in love with you. It is made with yeast, so the cake has more of a bread consistency—moist and light. The recipe is quite involved, but the cake is absolutely delicious and worth every minute. Perfect for any Christmas celebration.

Aendi Bitsy's Bienenstich Cake


  • 1 1⁄4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3⁄4 cup whole milk, warmed just over room temperature with 1 tablespoon raw honey added
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1⁄4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature

Combine the yeast and milk with honey and let sit for five minutes.
 Cream the butter and sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Add the yeast mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined. Add bread flour, all-purpose flour, and salt. The batter will be thick, like dough, so if you are not Amish and you use electricity, you can mix this together in a stand mixer at low to medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes. If you are Amish, you've just got to use your muscles. Add eggs and mix. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place for 60 minutes until the dough is a little puffy. It won't fully double.

Butter a 9-inch round spring form pan. Stir the batter a few times to deflate it slightly, then scrape it into the prepared pan and spread it until it fills the bottom. Cover with plastic wrap (don't let the plastic sag and touch the dough) and let it rise for another 30 minutes.
 Preheat oven to 350°.

Honey Almond Topping

  • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1⁄3 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 1⁄2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3 pinches of sea salt
  • 1 1⁄2 cups sliced almonds

In a small or medium saucepan, stir butter, sugar, honey, cream, and salt over medium heat until butter is melted. Stirring frequently, bring to a simmer and let boil for 3 to 5 minutes, until the mixture goes from a yellowish color to a light beige. Remove from heat and stir in the almonds.

Once the cake has finished its second rise—remember that it won't rise significantly—press the dough lightly to deflate it. Spoon the almond topping evenly over the top of the cake.

Bake cake for 20 to 25 minutes until the top is a lovely golden-brown color and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Be sure to put a foil-lined cookie sheet under your spring form pan in case the almond topping drips.

Transfer to a cooling rack and let it sit in the pan for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, run a knife between the cake and the pan and remove the outer ring. Let cool completely.

Pastry Cream Filling

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 pinches sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or 1⁄4 teaspoon almond extract (we use almond)

Warm milk in a medium saucepan (not too warm or it will scald). Set aside. Rinse saucepan with cool water and dry it. In the cool saucepan, whisk the egg yolks and sugar for 1 minute. Whisk in flour and salt until smooth. Drizzle in warm milk a spoonful at a time while whisking continuously. Once you add half of the milk, you can add the rest in a steady stream, whisking continuously. Return the saucepan to the stove and cook on medium-high heat until the mixture bubbles. Keep whisking, and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and whisk in the butter and either the vanilla or almond extract. Cool the pastry cream completely—either in the fridge or over a bowl of ice water.

To assemble the cake: Once both the cake and pastry cream are cooled, place the cake on a serving platter and cut it horizontally into two layers with a serrated knife. Spread pastry cream over bottom half of the cake. Place the top half of the cake on top of the pastry cream.

You can make the dough and pastry cream a day ahead and refrigerate it. It's quite a bit to do in one day.

THE AMISH CHRISTMAS CANDLE by Kelly Long, Jennifer Beckstrand, Lisa Jones Baker

The Amish
Christmas Candle

At the heart of winter's darkness is the joyous glow of the Christmas season. In this love-filled holiday collection, warm yourself with the peaceful light of Plain gifts.

Kelly Long
When staid Naomi Gish's mischievous father hires strapping Gray Fisher at their candle shop for the season, she's positive the old man has an ulterior motive. She doesn't need help—but as Gray learns the craft of candle making, Naomi learns that love is not only possible, but God's most precious gift.

Jennifer Beckstrand
Of all the sacrifices Bitsy Kiem made to raise her three nieces Amish, giving up her Englisch life was the only thing she missed. With the girls married now, she has a chance to kick up her heels this Christmas—unless widowed Yost Weaver can convince her that Plain love is a flame that will never go out.

Lisa Jones Baker
Blessing those in need at Christmastime is one of Lydia's favorite traditions. But without her newly married sister's help this year, the task seems daunting—until handsome Mennonite John King shows her that hands joined to do good may unite hearts, as well.

Romance Holiday | Inspirational Amish | Holiday [Kensington, On Sale: September 26, 2017, Trade Size / e-Book, ISBN: 9781496710154 / eISBN: 9781496710161]

About Jennifer Beckstrand


Gentle love in a harsh world

Jennifer Beckstrand is the bestselling author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and the Forever After in Apple Lake series, set in two Amish communities in beautiful Wisconsin. She has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth.

Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a background in editing. She and her husband have been married for thirty years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and two adorable grandsons, whom she spoils rotten. You can learn more about Jennifer and her books at her website.

Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill | The Honeybee Sisters


Tell us YOUR favorite "widower" catching cake (or what you think might be) and you'll be entered to win a copy of THE AMISH CHRISTMAS CANDLE from Jennifer!




15 comments posted.

Re: A Cake to make an Amish Widower Fall in Love (or any other man!)

don't know what a windower catching cake is??
(Emily Stemp 7:36pm September 26, 2017)

Hot Fudge cake. This book looks really good. Love reading
Amish Fiction! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!! Going
on my TBR list for sure.
(Teresa Ward 9:42pm September 26, 2017)

Chocolate Pudding Cake should do the trick.
(Alyson Widen 10:13pm September 26, 2017)

A tart lemon cake.
(Sharon Berger 11:18am September 27, 2017)

My aunt's apple spice cake is so delicious, so I would bake
(Maryann Skaritka 3:01pm September 27, 2017)

Mmy aunt's chocalate peanut butter cake with peanut butter
(Llnda Farabaugh 2:48pm September 29, 2017)

I caught mine with a white cake with peanut butter & cinnamon frosting. Once in a while I switch to chocolate cake with the same frosting for him.
(Sharon Mitchell 7:25pm September 29, 2017)

Pineapple upside down cake won my husband's heart.
(Rosemary Simm 10:18pm September 29, 2017)

Yellow cake with chocolate frosting
(Patricia Wagner 11:15am September 30, 2017)

In the fall we like to make a mixed berry cake which is
stawberries,blueberries and raspberries and then serve it
warm with vanilla bean ice cream. I also put a dash of
whipped cream on mine. Your sounds so good always cooking
for a new pie or cake recipe.I am severely disabled so my
husband makes them and I sit and give my opinions on how
much etc. or hold the recipe.
(Peggy Clayton 1:12pm September 30, 2017)

I'm guessing something with strawberries would be a good choice.
(Leni Kaye 10:15pm September 30, 2017)

My favorite cake recipe is cherry chip cake with home
made buttercream frosting!! I love to add some finely
chopped walnuts or pecans to the recipe, to give it that
final oomph!! The frosting recipe was handed down to me
from my late Mother, who got it from a Girlfriend of
hers, and I always loved it. It's actually the only
frosting I love to put on my cakes, even though it's a
bit labor intensive!! That is the only cake I can think
of off the top of my head!! Thank you for the recipe
that you took the time to print in your column. I wish I
didn't have the health issues that I do now, which
prevent me from making a cake such as that. It sounds so
good!! I might try tackling it with my Husband, however,
on a snowy day up here this Winter!!
(Peggy Roberson 10:16pm September 30, 2017)

Hummingbird cake!
(Maria Proctor 2:04pm October 1, 2017)

My mother's banana cake was delicious.
(Anna Speed 2:06pm October 1, 2017)

Wish I had had this years ago
(Jeri Dickinson 6:25pm October 1, 2017)

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