Traditional Greek New Year's Day recipe. Served as a coffee cake for breakfast. Each person in the family gets a slice starting with the youngest and progressing to the oldest. The person who receives the slice with the quarter in it will have good luck for the whole year!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
1 10-inch round cake


  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 6 eggs

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 cup milk, lukewarm

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • cup slivered almonds

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, or as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a round 10-inch cake pan.

  2. In a medium bowl, cream butter and 2 cups sugar until light; add flour and stir until mixture is mealy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg.

  3. Stir baking powder into milk then stir into flour mixture. Mix soda and lemon juice; stir into batter. Pour batter into the greased pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with nuts and 1 tablespoon white sugar, then return to oven for 20 to 30 minutes longer, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

  5. Remove cake from the oven and gently cut a small hole in the middle. Place a quarter in the hole; cover the hole with powdered sugar. Cool cake on a rack for about 10 minutes. Invert cake onto a serving dish. Sift powdered over the top and serve warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

544 Calories
24g Fat
74g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 544
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 13g 66%
Cholesterol 162mg 54%
Sodium 345mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 74g 27%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 44g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 120mg 9%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 151mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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