Greek New Year's Orange and Brandy Cake (Vassilopita)

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Recipe by PanNan

In Greece, on New Year's day, after lunch, the father traditionally cuts into this rich cake. It has the year written on the top with almonds, and there is a coin inside the cake. The lucky person who gets the coin is given a gift of money to start off the new year. The recipe is from The Foods of the Greek Islands cookbook written by Aglaia Kremezi.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F, and grease a 10" round cake pan.
  2. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until creamy (about 3 min). Add butter and beat an additional minute. Beat in orange juice and brandy.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and zests. Add the dry ingredients to the yolk mixture, and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Clean the beaters, and beat the egg whites in a clean bowl until soft peaks form. Fold them gently into the batter. Pour the batter into the cake pan and shake gently to even the top. Decorate the top with almonds (if making for the new year, write the year with the almonds).
  5. Bake for about an hour, or until golden brown on top, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool before removing from the pan.

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