This cake is named after the Saint Fanourios. It's said that if you've lost something, you make this cake so that St Fanourios can help you find it. While the story behind this cake is nice, the cake itself is even nicer! I love the richness of the olive oil, which helps the cake stay moist for days.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
45 mins
1 hr 5 mins
12 servings


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 12-inch round springform pan.

  • Combine olive oil, orange juice, and brandy in a large bowl. Stir in sugar. Combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder in another bowl and sift into the oil mixture. Fold in walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, and cloves. Mix well. Tip batter into the prepared springform pan and level the top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 to 60 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If you are using a convection oven, your baking time will be slightly shorter; start checking the cake after 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

678 calories; protein 8.8g 18% DV; carbohydrates 85.4g 28% DV; fat 34.4g 53% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 190.4mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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