One of the Russian legends says that this cake was invented in Moscow in 1912, during the celebration of the first 100 years since Napoleon’s expulsion from Russia, and that its original shape was triangular, like the emperor’s famous cocked hat. Since then the cake has changed its shape and is made now either rectangular or round, but it has not lost its magic powers over Russian souls. The best place to try this sweet, multilayered pastry laced with tender cream is at cafe Shokolad in Ukrainian village.
Shokolad, 2524 West Chicago, (773)276-6402, shokoladpastryandcafe.com
Best of Chicago 2012