This sort of candy store is the most common. It has a very simple interior without special features. The most important thing here is the desserts that I used to eat during the Soviet era and some years later, in my childhood!
I remember perfectly the big book “Proizvodstvo pirozhnyh i tortov” (“Manufacture of cakes and pies”) from 1970. Therein were published recipes according to the GOST (production standard adopted throughout the country). Tatyana Nikolaeva’s confectionery is the only place in St. Petersburg where I found such desserts. It has exactly the same taste as the GOST sweets that were generally accepted in Soviet times. There are gingerbread, “Log” and “Hedgehog” cakes, cakes with the sort of buttercream which I did not like in childhood, and it was everywhere! There are baskets with butter and protein cream tubules.
When I go there, I feel like I go 25 years ago to a store near home. I received my pocket money and went to choose a cake.
Now, the fashion for cooking has changed, mousse desserts are popular. Of course, it’s are more interesting, more diverse. But sometimes I want the very one cake from my childhood. If you want to know what sweets Soviet children ate, come in!