Vasilopita - Greek New Year's Cake

    1 hour 30 min

    Traditional Greek New Year's bread. The person who receives the coin inside gets good luck for 1 year!

    120 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • 250g butter
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 350g plain flour
    • 6 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 250ml warm milk (45 degrees C)
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    • 4 tablespoons flaked almonds
    • 2 tablespoons caster sugar

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Generously grease a 25cm round cake tin.
    2. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light. Stir in the flour and mix until the mixture is mealy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Combine the baking powder and milk, add to the egg mixture, mix well. Then combine the lemon juice and bicarb, stir into the batter. Pour into the prepared cake tin.
    3. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove and sprinkle the nuts and sugar over the cake, then return it to the oven for 20 to 30 additional minutes, until cake springs back to the touch. Gently cut a small hole in the cake and place a coin in the hole. Try to cover the hole with sugar. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes before inverting onto a plate.
    4. Serve cake warm. Each person in the family gets a slice starting with the youngest. The person who gets the coin in his or her piece gets good luck for the whole year!


    Wrap the coin in aluminium foil before sliding it into the cake.

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    Very easy to make and the cake was delicious. Intend to make it again on New Year's Day 2015  -  28 Dec 2014


    I followed the recipe but it is too runny. It won't set. Oh dear  -  31 Dec 2016


    Great recipe - light and spongy! I put the coin in before baking and it worked perfectly! Will definitely be making it again next year.  -  02 Jan 2015