Vaselopita - New Year's cake

Vaselopita - New Year's cake


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Traditional Greek New Year's Day breakfast food. Each person in the family gets a slice starting with the youngest. The person who gets the coin in their piece, gets good luck for the whole year

Paul Menikos

Serves: 12 

  • 250g butter
  • 2 cups (440g) white sugar
  • 3 cups (375g) plain flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup (250ml) warm milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup blanched slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour30min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. 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 combined-it may be a little dry and crumbly. 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 baking soda, 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 slit in the cake with a knife and place a coin in it. Try to cover the slit up.Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes before inverting onto a plate.

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