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Vasilopita

"This is our family's New Year's cake. A coin is baked in the cake, and the person who finds the coin in their slice is has good luck for the year; they also get a prize."
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Ingredients

1 h 30 m servings 372 cals
Original recipe yields 14 servings (1 - 10 inch tube cake)

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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, blend together the butter or margarine and the sugar. Separate 3 of the eggs; add the yolks and the 2 remaining whole eggs to the butter mixture. Stir in the vanilla and water.
  3. In another bowl, sift together the baking powder and flour. Add these dry ingredients to the creamed mixture.
  4. Whip 3 egg whites until they are foamy. Add 1 tablespoon sugar. Continue to whip the whites until they are stiff, but not dry. Fold whipped whites into batter.
  5. Pour the batter into a greased 10 x 4 inch tube pan. Wrap a large coin in foil, and place the coin in the batter. Press the coin down; it should be completely hidden. Sprinkle the nuts and seeds on top of the batter.
  6. Bake the cake for about 70 minutes, or until done. Cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 372 calories; 17.8 g fat; 47.7 g carbohydrates; 6.2 g protein; 101 mg cholesterol; 154 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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I baked this cake for my family's New Year's day brunch. Being Greek, I can tell you that this was much closer to the traditional recipe than you would find in a bakery. It's denser and has a l...

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this was good, but not fantastic, it was a bit on the dry side, but hiding the coins in it was a hit.

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I baked this cake for my family's New Year's day brunch. Being Greek, I can tell you that this was much closer to the traditional recipe than you would find in a bakery. It's denser and has a l...

I thought this cake taste great. I put several$1 coins wrapped in foil. Everyone thought it was fun. This cake tastes like pound cake. If anyone finds it to sedate, it would go very well with...

This is indeed a traditional Greek recipe. Almonds and the sesame seeds are not essential but definitely add to the flavour. The sesame seeds in particularly are used a lot by Greek Bakers.

I am Greek and this has been a tradition in my family for a long time. I was pleased to find this recipe as I lost my grandmother's version of the dish and this one made a great replacement.

It is a very good cake, especially for special ocasions and parties. Something fun to enjoy at a party and tasty.

this was good, but not fantastic, it was a bit on the dry side, but hiding the coins in it was a hit.

The cake was rather bland but we had fun with it at a new year's eve partythis year.

This was a hit at my New Years' Eve Dinner. The only thing I did differently was I added an ogange glaze over the top. This gave a little sparke to the top and added a little hit of flavor. I wi...

made this for New Year's and I even got the coin - didn't cheat...