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Recipe for Vasilopita Greek New Year’s Cake Recipe

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Vasilopita is a New Year’s Day cake in Greece, which contains a hidden coin or trinket, which gives good luck to the lucky diner who finds it. On New Year’s Day Greek families cut the vasilopita to bless their house and bring good luck for the New Year.

Ef̱tychisméno to néo étos! –Happy New Year!



  • 1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground mahleb (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 coin (gold coin is best)

Instructions to Prepare Vasilopita:

Preheat the oven to 325 Degrees Fahrenheit.

Make sure the butter is softened to room temperature. Add the butter and granulated sugar to a large bowl and beat on medium speed using an electric mixer until well combined.

Separate 3 of the eggs and add the yokes one at a time, beating on medium speed into the butter as you do. Add the two whole eggs one at a time and beat those into the mixture until well combined. Set aside the 3 egg whites.

Sift the flour, optional mahleb, and baking powder together into a large bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, beating on low speed until well combined.

Add the 3 egg whites to a medium bowl and whip vigorously using a whisk until they’re foamy. Fold the egg whites into the batter using a rubber spatula.

Spray a 10 x 4 tube pan with cooking spray and pour the batter into the pan. Add the coin to the batter and distribute batter evenly into the pan using a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the almonds and sesame seeds onto the top of the batter.

Place the pan in the center of the oven and bake for approximately 70 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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