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.
Keyword cake, new years
Prep Time 30minutes
Cook Time 1hour
Total Time 1hour30minutes
185g butterroom temperature
1 1/5cups sugar
pinch of salt
zest of orange
1/4cup orange juice
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.