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Easter is just a week away, 15 April in the Eastern part of the world, and orders for Easter cakes are coming in fast according to Moscow Trade Service Department director Mikhail Orlov who says that Moscow bakeries and confectioner’s workshops have received orders for 900,000 Easter cakes. Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Mr. Orlov told the Interfax-Religion news service that over 340 tons of flour would be used in baking the cakes.
Orlov estimated that about 90 million eggs will sold by Moscow shops to customers during the holidays. In cooperation with the Orthodox Church, over 500 free dinners and tea parties will be served to low income residents and over 50 thousand low income citizens, disabled persons, and war veterans will receive free Easter cakes as part of the charitable program.
Named “Kulich” the cakes are also sometimes called Pashka (after the Greek word for Easter) and contain flour, cottage cheese, butter, chopped candied fruits and rinds, vanilla extract, and heavy cream.