Vasilopita (Greek New Year Cake)

January 1, 2015 • Dessert, Holiday

Greek New Years Cake mediterranean baby (1 of 2)

Vasilopita is the traditional Greek New Year Cake, complete with a coin wrapped in foil hidden somewhere in the cake.

On New Years morning, the head of the house cuts a piece of cake for every member of the household, God, and the house itself.  Each member of the family chooses a piece of cake, starting with the youngest family member.  The person who finds the coin in their piece of cake will have good luck all yeat long!!  It’s such a fun tradition and we all love the hunt of finding the lucky coin.  As an added bonus, the cake is light, fluffy, and just sweet enough to enjoy for breakfast.

Greek New Years Cake mediterranean baby (2 of 2)

Vasilopita (Greek New Year Cake)


  • 3 eggs whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • zest of one orange
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 cups cake flour
  • powdered sugar


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In your stand mixer, beat egg whites and a pinch of salt until light and fluffy. Remove from mixer and set aside in a bowl.

Back in the stand mixer, beat the egg yolks. Add butter and sugar and cream together.

Add orange juice, milk, orange zest, and vanilla and combine. Fold in whipped egg whites.

Slowly add cake flour until combined.

Throughly wash a quarter and wrap it tightly in foil.

Pour into a greased 10-12 inch round baking pan. Pop the wrapped quarter into the cake batter and cover with batter.

Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden and a toothpick comes out clean from the center.

Cool and top with sifted powdered sugar.

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2 Responses to Vasilopita (Greek New Year Cake)

  1. suba suba says:

    Really appreciate you sharing this post.Much thanks again. Cool.

  2. Hello, I made your Vasilopita recipe and it was very tasty, but it was flat. Do you recommend using baking powder to help it rise?

    Thank you and Happy New Year!

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