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Vasilopita - Greek New Year's Cake

Vasilopita is a traditional Greek cake served at midnight on New Year’s Eve. A coin is placed in the cake, whoever finds the coin will have luck for the rest of the year.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Greek
Keyword cake, new years
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • 185 g butter room temperature
  • 1 1/5 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs divided
  • pinch of salt
  • zest of orange
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 100 g yoghurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 375 g self-raising flour sifted


  • icing sugar
  • various sprinkles


  • Pre-heat oven to 175°c.
  • Divide eggs into yolks and whites. Place the whites and a pinch of salt into a clean mixing bowl and whisk until you have stiff peaks. Once stiff peaks have formed, set mixture aside.
  • Using your mixer, beat the sugar and butter together until it has become creamy and fluffy. Make sure to scrape down the edges of the mixing bowl.
  • Add the egg yolks, one at a time, making sure the previous yolk has been fully absorbed before adding another yolk.
  • Add in the orange juice, zest, vanilla, and yoghurt.
  • Using a spatula fold in half the sifted flour and half the egg whites. Once combined, fold in the remaining flour and egg whites. The mixture will look quite thick, this is how we want it.
  • Butter the bottom and sides of your baking tin, and coat with a thin layer of flour, we do this to prevent the vasilopita from sticking.
  • Pour the mixture into a 32cm diameter tin then place a coin (wrapped with foil) into the mixture. Smooth out the top, and bake for about 50-60 minutes. Use a wooden skewer to check if the cake is done.
  • Once cooked, remove from the oven and let it cool completely.
  • Once cooled, dust with icing sugar and decorate.