Fanouropita Vegan Spiced Cake
Try this fooodlove Fanouropita recipe, a cake made for Saint Fanourios, Patron of Lost Things. This spiced Lenten cake is light, healthier, and vegan too.
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Fanouropita is a spiced Lenten cake made in the name of Saint Fanourios, Patron Saint of Lost Things. Want to get a new job? Need to find your runaway cat? Saint Fanourios is the martyr you need to pray to! This cake has moved from religious practice to a regular bake in our house, and it is the perfect, healthier option to go with your mid-morning cup of coffee…
Fanouropita is a great vegan cake recipe too, as it lacks eggs and butter. Made to be blessed at church on August 27th in Saint Fanourios’ name, this recipe usually contains seven or nine ingredients (numbers holy in the Greek Orthodox Church and in broader Christianity); but the actual ingredients included vary across Greece. Saint Fanourios’ icon, and therefore his sainthood, was rediscovered on Rhodes, where I am from - so this is a Rhodes version of Fanouropita.
Check out our blog on Saint Fanourios to read more about the Fanouropita tradition!
You can substitute fresh orange juice with sparkling orange juice (i.e. Fanta) and skip the baking soda.
For additional flavour and texture, you can add one cup of crushed walnuts.
You may also add raisins to your mixture for extra sweetness. However, make sure you dip them in flour first or else they will all sit at the bottom of the cake.
If you don’t have sweet red wine, you can use any red wine by adding 1 tsp of honey to your mixture.
For an alcohol-free version of this, you can substitute the 120ml dessert wine with 60ml of water.
You will need about 55 minutes to make 16 servings of this recipe, which has approximately 330 calories each. Make sure you have all the ingredients and follow these 5 simple steps. If you have any questions, send me an email and I’d be more than happy to help!
Mix the baking soda with the fresh orange juice in a small jug and stir them for a few seconds. Once the starts fizzing, pour it to the mixture.
Watch it step-by-step!
This is a cake to celebrate Saint Fanourios in Greek Orthodox tradition, but in our family it’s become a year-round staple! It’s slightly lighter and healthier than other cakes in my repertoire (making it the perfect accompaniment to my morning cup of coffee) and it’s also vegan, so it’s a great recipe to have up your sleeve.