Bebinca with ice cream
Alternative namesBibik
CourseDessert/ Sweet
Place of originFormer Estado da Índia Portuguesa
Region or stateGoa
Main ingredientsFlour, sugar, ghee (clarified butter), coconut milk, egg yolk
Food energy
(per serving)
993 kcal kcal
Goan bebinca in Lisbon, Portugal

Bebinca or bebinka, (Konkani; bibik) is a layer cake of Indo-Portuguese cuisine in former Estado da Índia Portuguesa Goa, India. In traditional baking, a bebinca has between 7 and 16 layers, but bakeries can modify the cake recipe as per convenience and taste.[1][2] It is especially popular during the Christmas season, but is available all year round due to tourism in Goa.[3][4] It is also easily available to carry and preserve for a long time or eaten fresh.

Bebinca was also adopted as a typhoon name in the northwestern Pacific Ocean by Macao.[5]


Preparing bebinca is a slow process.[4] The batter is made with flour, sugar, ghee, egg yolk, and coconut milk.[6][7] The batter is spread thinly onto a grill and the layers are stacked atop one another. Bebinca may be garnished with nutmeg or slivered almonds.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Clark, Claire (2014). 80 Cakes From Around the World. ISBN 9781472916006.
  2. ^ a b "Bebinca". Atlas Obscura. 21 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Bebinca - Culinary Encyclopedia". Archived from the original on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  4. ^ a b Fodor's Essential India with Delhi, Rajasthan, Mumbai & Kerala. Fodor's Travel Guide. 2019. ISBN 9781640971233.
  5. ^ "Tropical Storm Bebinca lessens threat to Philippines, veers north toward Japan". USA Today. 4 October 2006. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  6. ^ Banerji, Chitrita (2010). Eating India: Exploring the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-1408820544.
  7. ^ Petrina Verma Sarkar. "Bebinca (layered Goan dessert)". About, Inc. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2011.