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Vasilopita Recipe
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Vasilopita

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"This is our family's New Year's cake. A coin is baked in the cake, and the person who finds the coin in their slice is has good luck for the year; they also get a prize."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 10 inch tube cake Change Servings
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  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr
  • READY IN

    1 hr 30 mins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, blend together the butter or margarine 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, sift together the baking powder and flour. Add these dry ingredients to the creamed mixture.
  4. Whip 3 egg whites until they are foamy. Add 1 tablespoon sugar. Continue to whip the whites until they are stiff, but not dry. Fold whipped whites into batter.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased 10 x 4 inch tube pan. 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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 02, 2007

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.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 21, 2007

this was good, but not fantastic, it was a bit on the dry side, but hiding the coins in it was a hit.

 

17 Ratings

Dec 27, 2003

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.

 
Jan 29, 2003

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.

 
Jul 13, 2003

It is a very good cake, especially for special ocasions and parties. Something fun to enjoy at a party and tasty.

 
Jan 10, 2007

I am Greek and this has been a tradition in my family for a long time. I was pleased to find this recipe as I lost my grandmother's version of the dish and this one made a great replacement.

 
Jan 04, 2010

This was a hit at my New Years' Eve Dinner. The only thing I did differently was I added an ogange glaze over the top. This gave a little sparke to the top and added a little hit of flavor. I will be making this one again!

 
Jan 03, 2008

made this for New Year's and I even got the coin - didn't cheat...

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 372 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.7 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 101 mg
  • 34%
  • Fat
  • 17.8 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 6.2 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 154 mg
  • 6%

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

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