Vasilopita – New Year's cake

Vasilopita – New Year’s cake

Vasilopita is the traditional Greek New Year’s cake or sweet bread like brioche. It has evolved from simple sweetened bread into any type of cake containing a hidden coin. Vasilopita is not just a cake,  It’s a beautiful custom and very tasty!

There are so many different recipes for vasilopita and everybody shares their favorite recipes. Some recipes are even passed down from generation to generation. Basically it’s just any type of cake, simple or luxurious. Decorated with powder sugar or icing glace and the new year written on it. This is my favorite vasilopita recipe. I have tried other recipes but this is the one I have always liked best. The cake is light and moist with a taste of cinnamon, ginger and clove.

Vasilopita – New Year's cake

The name “Vasilopita” in fact means “Santa’s pie” as the Greek name for “Santa Claus” is “Saint Basil” and the 1st of January is the day they honor his name. 

Vasilopita-cutting ceremony

It’s traditionally cut at midnight on New Year’s Eve by the head of the household. Three times in the shape of the cross. The first part is for Jesus Christ, the second for the less fortunate and the third is for the household that hosts the celebration. Then a separate piece is cut for each family member and finally each guest from oldest to youngest.

The good luck coin.

placing a coin in the cake

The hidden gold coin is called flouri. The coin is baked into the cake or inserted after baking on the top of the cake. Then you turn the cake upside down and decorate it with icing sugar or icing and happy new year written on it.

If the coin is in your piece, it’s assumed that you are lucky the rest of the year. I always wash the coin really well and then wrap it in aluminum foil before I put it in the cake. Usually I only use a regular coin, but if you want to make a real splash, you can always use a real gold coin.

Most people crumble the cake to see if they got the coin. And it may be a good idea to do so. Because you do not want to swallow the coin by mistake. Right?

Vasilopita – New Year's cake with a gold coin in it

What happens if the coin is in between two slices? Then the good luck goes to both the persons.

What happens if the coin falls on the plate. Well, then the coin goes to the household hosting the event.

Vasilopita – New Year's cake with a gold coin in it

Are you ready to make your own Vasilopita – New Year’s cake this year?

If you liked Vasilopita, you may also like:

Glögg -The Swedish Mulled Wine For Christmas Glögg

Swedish Beetroot Salad - Rödbetssallad Beetroot Salad

Noblesse chocolate - Milk Chocolate Crispy Thins Noblesse

Vasilopita – New Year's cake

Vasilopita – New Year’s cake

Vasilopita is the traditional Greek New Year’s cake.  This cake is light and moist with a taste of cinnamon, ginger and clove.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Baking
Cuisine Greek
Servings 15
Calories 228 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 150 g Butter (⅔ Cup) melted
  • 300 ml Sugar (1½ cup +2 tbsp)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 275 ml Buttermilk (1 cup + 1tbsp) or Sour milk
  • 3 tsp Ginger powder
  • 3 tsp Cloves powder
  • 4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 270 g Wheat Flour plain (2 cups)
  • 3 tsp Baking powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven 175°C (350°F)
  • Melt butter in a sauce pot and let it cool down.
  • Grease a 25 cm ( 10 in) spring-form cake tin and coat with bread crumbs .
  • Beat the eggs with the sugar until fluffy.
  • Add buttermilk or sour milk, the melted butter, spices and the flour mixed with baking powder.
  • Stir the batter until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into the greased spring form cake tin.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes.
  • Test the cake for doneness with a long wooden skewer or toothpick. If it comes out clean, take it out from the oven otherwise leave it for a little longer. 
  • Let the cake cool completely.
  • Wrap the coin in aluminum foil and insert it on the top side of the cake.
  • Turn the cake up side down and decorated with powder sugar or icing glace and the new year written on it.

Βon appétit

Spread the love

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to Top