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
  • 1 lucky coin
  • icing sugar for decoration
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step 1

Beat the butter and sugar together at medium speed for 5 minutes with a mixer until achieving an airy, creamy consistency.

step 2

Incorporate the eggs, yogurt, brandy, vanilla extract, orange zest, and lemon zest into the mixture. Keep stirring until everything has been thoroughly combined.

step 3

Finally, blend the flour and baking powder until everything is seamlessly incorporated into a luscious cake batter.

step 4

Chop the hazelnuts into bite-sized pieces, and blend them into the batter with a spatula until evenly distributed.

step 5

Generously coat your 30cm cake pan with butter, then carefully add the delicious cake batter.

step 6

Wrap a coin in aluminum foil, place it within the batter and bake at 170°C (340ºF) for fifty minutes in an oven that has been preheated.

step 7

Allow the cake to cool thoroughly and top it off with a generous dusting of icing sugar, along with any other festive adornments you choose.

Greek Lucky New Year’s Cake (Vasilopita)

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