Lemonopita (Greek Lemon Phyllo Cake)


Lemonopita is easy to make with Greek yogurt, lemon juice and zest, and lots of shredded phyllo for a delightful Greek dessert.

a slice of lemonopita, a Greek cake made with lemon and shredded phyllo
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins



  • 3 cups white sugar

  • 2 cups water

  • 4 lemons, zested and juiced (divided)


  • 1 (16 oz) package phyllo dough, defrosted if frozen

  • 7 oz Greek-style yogurt

  • 1 cup sunflower oil

  • 3/4 cup white sugar

  • 5 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with oil.

  2. Remove phyllo sheets from the package. Tear each sheet roughly into shreds and pile up in the baking pan. Let shredded phyllo dry out a little while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

  3. Make the syrup: Combine sugar, water, and zest of 2 lemons in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and simmer for 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice from all 4 lemons. Allow syrup to cool while you prepare the cake.

  4. Combine yogurt, oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, baking powder, and the remaining lemon zest in a blender or food processor. Blend together on high speed until frothy, about 2 minutes. Pour lemon-egg mixture over the shredded phyllo in the baking pan. Stir everything together gently until egg mixture is evenly distributed, ensuring there are no dry spots of phyllo.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden and the filling set, about 45 minutes.

  6. Remove lemonopita from the oven and immediately ladle the cooled syrup over the hot cake. Set aside until most of the syrup has soaked in, at least 1 hour. Slice into squares and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

605 Calories
23g Fat
97g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 605
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 344mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 97g 35%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 70g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 54mg 269%
Calcium 127mg 10%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 281mg 6%

* 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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