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Easy Homemade Kyiv Cake

  • Kyiv Cake (aka Kiev) is light and airy in the center, with a bit of a crunch, sandwiched by soft sponge layers. It’s a true Ukrainian Classic cake. It takes an effort of love, but the outcome will have you come for seconds!


What is Kyiv Cake?

Kyiv Cake originated in Kyiv, Ukraine, back in the 1950’s. It was such a big deal, that it was almost a crime if you visited Kyiv and didn’t bring the cake back as a souvenir to your friends. Over the years it has gotten popular and now boasts a top choice among the favorite dishes of Ukraine, just like its few other siblings, Pelmeni (technically Russian) and Poppy Seed Buns.

This Kyiv cake has light sponge layers, followed with a crunchy layer of meringue with hazelnuts, and then filled with jam and a rich buttercream-like frosting. For this recipe, you’ll need to prepare a Sponge Cake, which can be prepared a day in advance



  1. 5 large eggs (250 grams)
  2. ⅔ cup (133 grams) granulated sugar
  3. ¾ cup (94 grams) unbleached cake flour
  4. ¼ cup (32 grams) cornstarch
  5. ½ teaspoon (2.5 grams) baking powder
  6. ½ teaspoon (1.5 grams) kosher salt
  7. ¼ cup (57 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  8. 1½ teaspoons (6 grams) vanilla extract
  9. Chocolate Condensed Milk Buttercream
  10. Hazelnut Meringue
  11. Garnish: roughly chopped toasted hazelnuts

Chocolate Condensed Milk Buttercream:

  • 1¼ cups (284 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ teaspoons (6 grams) vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (85 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 (14-ounce) can (396 grams) sweetened condensed milk, cold

Hazelnut Meringue:

  • ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg whites (60 grams)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon (3 grams) cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 grams) distilled white vinegar
  • ⅓ cup (38 grams) roughly chopped hazelnuts

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