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Vasilopita (New Year's Cake)

Categories: Food, Health and Nutrition, New Year
Type: Desserts and Baked Goods

It's a Greek tradition to serve Vasilopita at midnight on New Year's Eve. This special cake is baked with a coin or charm hidden inside. Whoever receives the piece of cake with the coin will have good fortune throughout the year.

Serves: 1 cake


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups white sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup blanched slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

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  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF (165ºC).
  2. In a large bowl, blend the butter and sugar together. Separate 3 of the eggs; add the yolks and the 2 remaining whole eggs to the butter mixture. Stir in the vanilla and water.
  3. In another bowl, sift the baking powder and flour together. Add these dry ingredients to the creamed mixture.
  4. Beat 3 egg whites until they are foamy. Add 1 tablespoon sugar and continue to beat the whites until they are stiff. Fold the whites into the batter.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased 10 x 4 inch tube pan. Wrap the lucky coin or a charm in foil, and press it down into the batter until it is completely hidden. Sprinkle the nuts and seeds on top of the batter.
  6. Bake the cake for about 70 minutes, or until done. Cool on a wire rack.

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