Greek Vasilopita Cake Recipe
Greek Vasilopita Cake
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
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour 9-inch cake pan. Line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.
- 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.
- Add brandy, vanilla, and orange zest. Stir. Do not worry if the batter curdles.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt.
- 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.
- 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.
- Carefully invert the cake and place it right-side up on a serving platter. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
- Cook’s Tip:
- 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.
Nutrition:Amount Per Serving (based on 16 servings)
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
We provide nutritional information for our delicious recipes to help you select foods that meet your health and lifestyle goals. Care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of recipes and information. Nutritional data is intended for educational purposes, and not for the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, or cure of any medical condition. Please consult your healthcare provider for specific advice on diet and health. Click here to learn how we analyze the nutritional value of our recipes.