Vasilopita (Greek New Year's Cake)
About this recipe:
As you begin to plan your holiday treats, make sure to include Vasalopita, or the traditional Greek New Year's Cake in your recipe book.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter, room temperature (or half butter & half Kosterina evoo)
- 4 large eggs (separated)
- zest of an orange
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- 3 cups AP flour
- 3 tsp. baking powder
- powdered sugar (for dusting)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 10” springform pan and set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter (or the butter and the Kosterina extra virgin olive oil) with the sugar for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. With the mixer on medium speed, beat in the egg yolks one at a time. Add the orange zest.
- In a medium bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder and set aside.
- Add the flour mixture and the orange juice alternatively to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour.
- Using a hand held mixer, beat the reserved egg whites and gently fold them into the batter.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared springform pan and smooth the top with a spatula. (At this point, you can hide a lucky coin, wrapped in aluminum foil, in the mixture.) Bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. If the cake starts browning before it is done, cover it loosely with a piece of aluminum foil.
- When finished baking, remove from the pan and put it on a rack to cool completely. Dust with some powdered sugar and serve.
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