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Vaselopita - Greek New Years Cake Recipe
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Vaselopita - Greek New Years Cake

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"Traditional Greek New Years Day bread. Served as a coffee cake for breakfast. Also the person who receives the quarter inside gets good luck for 1 year!"

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Original recipe makes 1 - 10 inch round pan Change Servings
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  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr
  • READY IN

    1 hr 30 mins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 10 inch round cake pan.
  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 baking soda, stir into the batter. Pour into the prepared cake pan.
  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 quarter 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 quarter in their piece, gets good luck for the whole year!
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 18, 2007

Fantastic recipe!I am greek,living in Athens,was looking for a new vassilopita recipe and tried this one...my husband said it is the best he ever had,my children loved it,it was consumed on the spot,even after a rich new year's dinner! I topped it with our favorite creem cheese frosting,and wrote on top of it 2007 as is the tradition,using mini m+m's.Should have taken a picture!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
May 21, 2008

This is definitely an old world recipe. The cake is a coarse texture and is not sweet like you expect a cake to be.

 
Jan 12, 2004

An Excellent rich dense cake. This is great for a hostess gift. I topped mine with sugared pecans, and baked in a springform pan to enhance presentation. Also, I extended the baking time by 15 minutes. Got great reviews from all who tried it. Definitley a keeper.

 
Dec 30, 2002

This recipe was really delicious. The only change I would make would be to bake it longer. When I followed the baking time in the recipe the center came out raw.

 
Dec 30, 2002

This receipe was good. Infact it tastes better the second day. I had no problem with the baking time that the receipe called for. I didn't put the quarter in. Also, after I inverted the cake on the cake rack, I inverted again to a cake plate so the nut sugar mixture was showing on top. What a nice presentation.

 
Dec 19, 2007

My teacher is Greek and brought this in to celebrate the new year. My friend got the quarter, but I still ate the cake! It was really good and apparently kid friendly. I might have to make this for my family!

 
Dec 29, 2008

Made this potential family annual tradition in a springform pan which eliminated the tricky inversion process. Also substituted a whole almond for the lucky quarter (which would have required pre-santitizing).

 
Jan 01, 2005

I served this for our New Year's brunch. It looked pretty and we all really enjoyed it. My 10 inch pans were on loan so I baked it in a tube pan for a total of 50 minutes. If you are expecting a sweet, fluffy dessert cake don't make this however if you appreciate a firm not-too-sweet European cake this recipe is for you. My Greek husband says you need to cut a piece for Saint Basil!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 447 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 61.2 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 148 mg
  • 49%
  • Fat
  • 19.7 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 7.7 g
  • 15%
  • Sodium
  • 287 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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