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Vasilopita (New Year's Cake) recipe

Vasilopita (New Year's Cake) recipe

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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.

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IngredientsServes: 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

MethodPrep: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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Reviews & ratingsAverage global rating:(22)

Reviews in English (19)

by Ageliki

I baked this cake for my family's New Year's day brunch. Being Greek, I can tell you that this was much closer to the traditional recipe than you would find in a bakery. It's denser and has a lighter flavour. Everyone loved it and commented on how it was much better than store bought version. My 3 year old nephew ate an entire piece by himself! A definite keeper.-02 Jan 2007


I thought this cake taste great. I put several$1 coins wrapped in foil. Everyone thought it was fun. This cake tastes like pound cake. If anyone finds it to sedate, it would go very well with chocolate sauce and whipped cream or strawberries and vanilla ice cream.-15 Jan 2002


This is indeed a traditional Greek recipe.Almonds and the sesame seeds are not essential but definitely add to the flavour. The sesame seeds in particularly are used a lot by Greek Bakers.-31 Dec 2002

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