Greek Lucky New Year’s Cake (Vasilopita)

Ring in the New Year with this delicious and festive Vasilopita cake—a traditional Greek cake made with simple ingredients and a hidden coin for good luck.

what you'll need
  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 270 g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 200 g greek yoghurt
  • ½ tbsp vanilla extract
  • 25 ml brandy
  • zest of half an orange
  • zest of half a lemon
  • 420 g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 120 g hazelnuts (chopped)
  • 1 lucky coin
  • icing sugar for decoration
View ingredients
step 1

Using a mixer, mix the butter and sugar in medium speed for 5 minutes until the mixture gets fluffy and creamy.

step 2

Continue by adding the eggs, yoghurt, brandy, vanilla extract, orange zest, lemon zest and mix them.

step 3

Finally add the flour and baking powder and mix until everything is well combined and you have a smooth cake batter.

step 4

Chop the hazelnuts in small pieces, add them in the batter and stir with a spatula to spread in the mixture.

step 5

Butter up your cake pan (30cm) and transfer the cake batter.

step 6

Wrap a coin in aluminium foil, deep it in the batter and bake in a pre-heated oven at 170°C (340ºF) for 50 minutes.

step 7

Let the cake cool completely and sprinkle it with icing sugar and any other Christmas decorations you like.

Greek Lucky New Year’s Cake (Vasilopita)

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