A very traditional German yeast cake with caramelized almonds, a delicious butter cream filling and a peculiar name! Bienenstich means “bee sting”. As a child I always thought the name came from its honey sweetness. But legend says that in 1474 the citizens of Linz planned to attack the neighboring town of Andernach because the Emperor had drawn custom duties from the city of Linz and had given the funds to the city of Andernach. In the morning of the planned attack two baker boys from Andernach walked along the town wall to snack on some honey from bee hives that were hanging along the wall. When the baker boys saw the attackers from Linz they deftly threw the bee hives at them. Stung by the bees the attackers fled. And to celebrate the victory a honey sweet and very special cake was made. The “bee sting”, or Bienenstich. Makes me wonder how the baker boys got away without any bee stings worth mentioning! But I guess it's not relevant to the story. My family loves Bienenstich and I have to guard the buttercream or I would never have enough to finish the cake.