Greek Vasilopita Recipe

June 5th, 2015 | by

This is a special cake for New Year’s Eve, which contains a hidden coin which gives good luck to the receiver. Although, you can certainly make this cake anytime.

Greek Vasilopita Recipe

Every now and then we need to make something sweet for special occasions, but we need it simple, delicious, and as healthy as possible. If you want to make something tasty and fun to make with children, here is one Greek recipe that will help you create happy memories.

The ingredients you will need:

  • 2 cups of self-rising flour or 2 of cups all-purpose flour with 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • orange zest (about two teaspoons)
  • 100 gr of ground walnuts 
  • confectioner’s (icing) sugar for decoration
  • (optional) 1 lucky coin (well cleaned and wrapped in foil!)


  1. First, preheat your over to 350 F (180 Celsius).
  2. Beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer on high speed for about 5 -6 minutes or until the mixture has thickened and turned a very pale whitish color.
  3. Add the olive oil and the orange juice.
  4. Add the flour and beat at low speed until it’s incorporated.
  5. Add the ground nuts.
  6. Put the mixture into the round baking pan (in which you have first put a round piece of parchment paper at the bottom)
  7. Bake for about 75 minutes.
  8. After the cake has cooled completely, push the coin inside at random from below (so it doesn’t show). Whoever finds it will have a lucky year! 
  9. Turn the cake around and sprinkle on top as much confectioner’s sugar as you like.

Enjoy this and other Greek recipes for a varied diet that makes life much more interesting and fun.