Greek Vasilopita Cake Recipe

Greek Vasilopita Cake

Serves 12-16

Also known as “Saint Basil’s Good Luck Cake,” this treat is traditionally served on New Year’s Eve or on New Year's Day with a coin hidden inside. Whoever is served the slice with the coin is thought to receive good luck for the coming year.


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Zest and juice from 2 large oranges (1 cup juice)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • To serve:
  • powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour 9-inch cake pan. Line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light, fluffy, and pale yellow, about 3-4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, making sure that each one is fully incorporated before adding the next.
  3. Add brandy, vanilla, and orange zest. Stir. Do not worry if the batter curdles.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Alternate adding a little bit of the flour mixture and then a little orange juice to the batter, stirring gently in between additions and ending with the flour mix. Do not over-mix.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan. Drop in a clean coin and smooth the top (see Cook’s Tip). Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a rack.
  7. Carefully invert the cake and place it right-side up on a serving platter. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
  8. Cook’s Tip:
  9. You may also make a cut in the bottom of the cake and insert a coin after it is baked rather than dropping it in beforehand.


Amount Per Serving (based on 16 servings)
Calories: 310
Total Fat: 11 g
Saturated Fat: 6 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 95 mg
Sodium: 240 mg
Carbohydrates: 47 g
Fiber: 1 g
Total Sugar: 27 g
Added Sugars: 26 g
Protein: 5 g
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