Recipe

Vasilopita - New Year's cake

Hidden inside this cake is a gold coin. Traditionally, the family member that finds the coin is said to have good luck for the rest of the year.

  • 1 hr 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 10
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Ingredients

New year cake
  • 125 gram (4 ounces) butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoon finely grated orange rind
  • 3/4 cup (165g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 cup (300g) self-raising flour
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • 1/3 cup (25g) flaked almonds

Method

New year cake
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease 20cm (8-inch) springform tin; line base and side with baking paper.
  • 2
    Beat butter, rind, sugar and egg yolks in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Transfer mixture to large bowl. Stir in sifted flour and milk, in two batches.
  • 3
    Beat egg whites in small bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form; fold into cake mixture, in two batches. Spread mixture into pan; sprinkle with nuts.
  • 4
    Bake cake about 50 minutes. Stand cake in tin 10 minutes before turning top-side up onto wire rack to cool.

Notes

Traditionally, a coin would be inserted into the mixture before baking so that the person who found it would have good luck for the coming year. If you want to do this, wrap the coin in foil first (and perhaps warn your guests).

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