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USSR brand Kiev cake

USSR brand Kiev cake

USSR brand Kiev cake

USSR brand Kiev cake

Cake in the USSR was more than the cake. It was the crown of the feast, the apogee of prosperity. So it consisted of everything and more: a lot of biscuits, nuts, jam, cream, with pink, white and green roses on the top. Soviet people enjoyed various kinds of cakes – Prague, Kolos, Napoleon, Ptichye moloko (Bird Milk), Skazka (Fairy tale), Tatarstan, Funnel cake, but most popular was Kiev cake, which became the USSR brand cake. The two-layered cake consisted of hazelnuts, chocolate glaze, and a butter cream. It was made in Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic since December 6, 1956 at the Karl Marx Confectionery Factory. Popular all over the USSR, the cake was the symbol of Kiev city, and the cake package depicted the coat of arms of Kiev – chestnut leaf. Few can argue, that cakes made in the time of the USSR were much tastier than they are now. Just a fact.

USSR brand Kiev cake

USSR brand Kiev cake

The biggest Kiev cake was made as a gift for the 70th anniversary of the General Secretary of Communist Party of the USSR Leonid Brezhnev, whom appreciated such a gift very much. The anniversary cake was 5 kg, had as many as three levels, and it took about 70 cakes of meringue for it. Full formulation of the anniversary cake kept secret.

USSR brand Kiev cake

Alexandr N.M. The Bolshevik factory, 1954

Alexandr N.M. The Bolshevik factory, 1954

Alexandr N.M. The Bolshevik factory, 1954

Alexandr N.M. The Bolshevik factory, 1954

Cake Prague

Cake Prague

Confectionery factory Bolshevik

Confectionery factory Bolshevik

Kiev cake. One of the series of nostalgic paintings about life in USSR by Donetsk artist Angela Dzherikh

Kiev cake. One of the series of nostalgic paintings about life in USSR by Donetsk artist Angela Dzherikh

Making a cake at Bolshevik factory, Moscow, USSR

Making a cake at Bolshevik factory, Moscow, USSR

Napoleon

Napoleon

Products of Donetsk confectionery factory satisfied the most sophisticated demands of the Soviet people. Donetsk, 1962

Products of Donetsk confectionery factory satisfied the most sophisticated demands of the Soviet people. Donetsk, 1962

Ptichie moloko

Ptichie moloko

The Bolshevik factory cakes, USSR

The Bolshevik factory cakes, USSR

The Bolshevik factory cakes, USSR

The Bolshevik factory cakes, USSR

'The guests are coming' 1964. Artist Iskander Rafikov

‘The guests are coming’ 1964. Artist Iskander Rafikov

Two men with cakes are probably going on a visit to their women

Two men with cakes are probably going on a visit to their women

Sources: 1, 2