|Alternative names||Kyiv cake|
|Place of origin||Ukraine|
|Region or state||Kiev|
|Created by||Karl Marx Confectionery Factory|
|Main ingredients||Meringue, cashews, chocolate|
|481 kilocalories per 100 g kcal|
A Kiev cake or Kyiv cake (Ukrainian: торт "Київський") is a brand of dessert cake, made in Kiev, Ukraine, since December 6, 1956 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).
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.