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Oct 25, 2005 05:46 PM

Beehive Cake

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Does anyone know any local bakeries that sell these? I remember them from when I was a kid, cake with custard in the middle, and a nutty, caramelly topping.


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  1. Sounds sort of like the bee sting cake that Esther's German Bakery makes. I've seen it the College of San Mateo farmers' market (Wednesday) and at Piazza's in San Mateo as well. Esther's may have other retail outlets that offer their products.

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    1. re: Peter Yee

      If this isn't the cake the OP is looking for, I still think it's worth a try. I've bought it at the San Mateo farmer's market (Esther's is there only on Wednesdays) several times and thoroughly enjoyed it.

      Actually, though, it is more of a brioche-y square of yeast bread with a tasty custard filling and a topping of caramelized sliced almonds. I can imagine a whole cake would be very nice, too, though I haven't seen it.

      I've liked all of Esther's pastries, and only regret that they haven't opened their own retail outlet yet. (One has been under construction for months somewhere in Mountain View.)

      1. re: Pia

        I've read on the board that they abandoned that (it was in Palo Alto and another business is currenty in the space). Supposedly they are contemplating a place in Crocker Galleria.

    2. Yep, I remember these cakes very well. We used to buy them from Eppler Bakeries...loved them loved them. I googled Epplers and got 4-5 locations throughout the City, eg, Laurel Village, Stonestone, Embacadero. I wonder if they still sell them. We used to buy them from the Eppler in the Andronico's on Irving and 14th Ave?. I don't know if there still is one in there now. That caramelly topping is made from honey, hence the beehive name. Please let us know if you find them.


      1. I haven't had it, but the Basque Boulangerie in the town of Sonoma is known for its beehive cake.

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          They gave a recipe to Food Network, apparently because they were featured on $40 a day. I linked it on the Home Cooking page, along with questions about what this cake is like, in general. Thanks!


          1. re: nooodles

            Yes, I've seen that recipe before. But I refused to link it because it mistakenly says that Basque Boulangerie is in Napa. Nope, it's a SONOMA institution.

        2. Beehive Pies are actually made of Brioche baked in a domed-shaped pan. They are sliced in half, width wise. Then, a luscious sweet cream filling is applied to the bottom half, the top placed atop the filling, and it all gets topped with a drizzle of sweet thin glaze, and a sprinkling of sliced almonds. I used to buy them at the Scotch Bakery in Pacific Grove. Steinbeck mentioned the Scotch Bakery in Cannery Row. There's another shop there now, but a local once told me that the new establishment will still make a Beehive Pie, upon request.