The Moscow State Historical Museum’s 145th anniversary will be celebrated with 500 kg of cakes glazed with edible gold. There will be 145 cakes, one for each year.
On Saturday, 11 February, the treats will be available for free in the ceremonial entrance hall of the museum. A taste of the handmade cakes, based on a recipe from a 1752 Paris cookbook, is included with admission. The entrance fee will be half price on this special occasion.
The cakes will be glazed with rolled icing made of edible gold of the 960 hallmark and weighting 23 carats. The cakes will be topped with white chocolate heraldic symbols in the form of lions, unicorns and two-headed eagles. The cakes will also be decorated with sugar flowers and golden sprinkles.
“The precious topping of the cakes is symbolic, because the museum was opened in 1872, which marked the peak of the Russian Empire’s golden age,” the museum’s press service reported.
The press service also said that the 145 cakes were a donation from a well-known confectioner, famous for big handmade desserts. If the free treats are not consumed on 11 February, the feast will continue into the next day.
On this special anniversary day, the museum will offer tickets at half-price until 12 February. On 9 February, there will also be a free exhibition.
The State Historical Museum is one of the world’s largest, and the biggest in Russia. It includes St Basil’s Cathedral and the Monument to Minin and Pozharsky on Red Square, the Chambers of the Romanov Boyars on Varvarka, the 1812 Patriotic War Museum, the exhibition complex on Revolution Square and the restoration workshops in Izmailovo. The museum’s funds contain over five million exhibits and 14 million pages of documents. At least 1.5 million people visit the museum annually.