Kiev cake

Kiev cake
Kiev cake slice
Alternative names Kyiv cake
Course Dessert
Place of origin Ukraine
Region or state Kiev
Created by Karl Marx Confectionery Factory
Main ingredients Meringue, cashews, chocolate
Food energy
(per serving)
481 kilocalories per 100 g[1] kcal
Cookbook: Kiev cake  Media: Kiev cake

A Kiev cake or Kyiv cake (Ukrainian: торт "Київський") is a brand of dessert cake, made in Kiev, Ukraine, since December 6, 1956[2] by the Karl Marx Confectionery Factory (now a subsidiary of the Roshen corporation). It soon became popular all over the Soviet Union.

The cake has become one of the symbols of Kiev city, particularly by its brand name and package, depicting the horse chestnut leaf (the informal coat of arms of Kiev).

The cake has two airy layers of meringue with cashew, chocolate glaze, and a buttercream-like filling.[1]


Once confectioners forgot to put some amount of egg-white for the biscuit in a cooler. The next morning the chef Konstantin Nikitovich Petrenko, with the help of 17-year-old assistant Nadia Chernogor, in order to hide the mistake of his colleagues, spread frozen cakes with butter cream, strewed with powder, decorated with floral ornaments.

The recipe of "Kiev cake" has changed with time: in the 1970s, bakers perfected the process of making protein-nut mixture, then started to add hazelnut in cake and began experimenting with peanuts and cashews. However, these expensive nuts increased the cake's cost so the factory returned to using hazelnuts.

See also


  1. 1 2 Київський (in Ukrainian). Roshen. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  2. Вечерние Вести. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2011-12-06.. Retrieved 2012-12-06.

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