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Alternative names Bee sting cake
Course Dessert
Place of origin Germany
Region or state Munich
Main ingredients Yeast dough, almonds, vanilla custard, Buttercream or cream
Cookbook: Bienenstich  Media: Bienenstich

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]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bee Sting (Bienenstich) Recipe". Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Bienenstich Bee Sting Cake Recipe". Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Arnold Zabert: Backen - Die neue große Schule, Zabert Sandmann, Hamburg 1985, S. 125
  4. ^ "Bienenstich Cake (Bee Sting Cake) -". Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Barbara Rolek's Guide to Eastern European Food at,[1] and recipe.[2]