Vasilopita (New Year's Cake)

Vasilopita (New Year's Cake)


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About this recipe: This Greek cake is rich and delicious. A coin is hidden in the cake batter before it is baked, the one who finds the coin will receive good luck for the rest of the year.


Serves: 14 

  • 225g unsalted butter, softened
  • 360g caster sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 375g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 55g flaked almonds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr10min  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

  1. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3.
  2. In a large bowl, blend together the butter and the sugar. Separate 3 of the eggs; add the yolks and the 2 remaining whole eggs to the butter mixture. Stir in the vanilla and water.
  3. In another bowl, sieve together the baking powder and flour. Add these dry ingredients to the creamed mixture.
  4. Beat 3 egg whites until they are foamy. Add 1 tablespoon sugar. Continue to beat the whites until they are stiff, but not dry. Fold whipped whites into batter.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased 25x10cm tube tin. Wrap a large coin in foil and place the coin in the batter. Press the coin down; it should be completely hidden. Sprinkle the nuts and seeds on top of the batter.
  6. Bake the cake for about 70 minutes or until done. Cool on a wire rack.

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