Vasilopita is the traditional Greek New Year’s cake served at midnight on New Year’s Eve. This cake is infused with the aromas of orange, butter, and mastic!
After baking the vasilopita, a coin is inserted through the base and when served in slices, the person who finds the coin is said to be granted luck for the rest of the year!
Vasilopita is made with different kinds of dough, such as cake and tsoureki (sweet bread). This is my favorite recipe for Greek New Year’s cake, as my mother passed it on to me. It is a very special cake, infused with the wonderful aromas of orange and mastic.
In this vasilopita recipe, we beat the egg whites into meringue, and this is the secret to fluffy and velvet vasilopita batter. All ingredients should be at room temperature, and (can’t point this out enough) always sift the flour when baking a cake.
You can always see the recipe in video (in Greek) here, and of course, in English, right below the recipe. Happy baking and my best wishes for 2019!