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Alternative name(s) Bee sting cake
Type Dessert
Place of origin Germany
Region or state Munich
Main ingredient(s) Yeast dough, almonds, vanilla custard, Buttercream or cream

Bienenstich or Bee sting cake is a German dessert made of a sweet yeast dough with a baked-on topping of caramelized almonds and filled with a vanilla custard, Buttercream or cream.[1][2][3]

The cake may have earned its name from its honey topping: according to one legend, a bee was attracted to it, and the baker who invented the cake was stung.[4]

Another source cites a legend of German bakers from the 15th century who lobbed beehives at raiders from a neighboring village, successfully repelling them, and celebrated later by baking a version of this cake named after their efforts.[5]

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  1. ^ Recipe at
  2. ^ Recipe at
  3. ^ Arnold Zabert: Backen - Die neue große Schule, Zabert Sandmann, Hamburg 1985, S. 125
  4. ^ Bienenstich Cake in Diana's Recipe Book
  5. ^ Barbara Rolek's Guide to Eastern European Food at,[1] and recipe.[2]