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Recipe Category: Cakes


The traditional Greek New Year’s Cake with a lucky coin smuggled inside!

Makes: 1 x 25cm cake
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
  • 250g softened butter
  • grated rind of 1 large orange
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup milk, lukewarm
  • 3 cups self raising flour
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

Beat butter, orange rind and sugar together in an electric mixer until light and creamy. Gradually beat in egg yolks. Fold in flour and almonds, alternately with milk. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form and fold into mixture. Pour mixture into a buttered and greaseproof paper lined deep 25cm round cake tin. Drop in a gold coin wrapped in foil and bake at 180°C for 50-60 minutes, covering with foil if the top browns too quickly, until golden brown and cooked when tested. Turn out onto a wire rack and allow to cool. Cut out a template of the numbers of the New Year out of paper (eg. 2020) place onto the cake and dust liberally with icing sugar before carefully removing the paper.


The Vassilopita (the 'King's Cake') is traditionally cut on New Year’s Day. The first piece is dedicated to Christ and the second for the household. Each family member is then cut a piece (in order of seniority). The person that finds the coin in their piece will have good luck all year!

Author: Naomi Crisante
Date Created: 01/01/2020