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Traditional Vasilopita Cake | Greek New Year’s cake

Traditional Vasilopita Cake Recipe

Traditional Vasilopita Cake Recipe

Recipe by George Zolis
5.0 from 2 votes

Embrace the Greek New Year tradition with our delightful Vasilopita recipe. This cherished cake, rich with cultural significance, promises to bring joy and fortune to your festive celebrations. Our guide simplifies the process, ensuring a perfectly moist and flavorful cake, beautifully topped with a luscious white chocolate coating. Whether you’re continuing a family tradition or starting a new one, this Vasilopita recipe is your key to a memorable New Year’s celebration, filled with hope, joy, and the sweet anticipation of finding the lucky coin.

Course: DessertCuisine: GreekDifficulty: Easy


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  • For the Cake
  • 600 g Self Raising Flour

  • 270 g Milk

  • 250 g Margarine

  • 5 Eggs

  • 1 pinch Salt

  • 350 g Sugar

  • 2 Vanillins

  • 150 g Chocolate Sprinkles

  • For the Coating
  • 300 g White Chocolate

  • 20 g Seed Oil

Recipe directions

  • For the Vasilopita Cake
  • In a bowl, add the sugar, margarine and mix well.
  • Add the vanillins, a pinch of salt, the eggs, and mix.
  • Next, add the milk and stir a little. Gradually add the flour while stirring.
  • Add the chocolate sprinkles and mix with a spatula.
  • Grease a 28 cm (11 in) round baking dish with margarine and dust it with flour. Pour the mixture into the dish and spread it with a spatula.
  • Preheat the oven to 150 C (300 F) on convection and bake for 60 to 70 minutes.
  • Once the Vasilopita is baked, let it cool and then unmold it onto a platter.
  • Let it cool completely before proceeding with the coating.
  • For the Coating
  • In a bowl, add the white chocolate broken into small pieces and seed oil.
  • Cover the bowl with cling film and put it in the microwave until the chocolate melts.
  • Pour the melted chocolate over the Vasilopita Cake. Spread evenly with a spatula.
  • Optionally decorate the Vasilopita cake with numbers made of fondant to resemble a clock.

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Nutrition Facts

12 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 46.9g 71%
    • Saturated Fat 8g 40%
  • Cholesterol 157mg 53%
  • Sodium 3495mg 146%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 132mg 4%
  • Total Carbohydrate 71.6g 24%
    • Dietary Fiber 1.4g 4%
    • Sugars 33.3g
  • Protein 11.3g 22%
  • Calcium 65%
  • Iron 3%
  • Vitamin D 15%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.