Vassilopita, dessert for the New Year

A must-have for New Year in Greece, vassilopita is a delicious sweet citrus cake.

To prepare the cake, it is best to have all the ingredients at room temperature.

servings8 servings preparation time15 time1 h 40 min.difficultyeasypriceaffordable


  • 250 g butter
  • 1.5 cup sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 packets of vanilla sugar
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • zest of an orange
  • 2 pinches of nutmeg
  • 5 tablespoons Metaxa
  • 1 packet of dry yeast
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chocolate vermicelli
  • icing sugar to garnish



Butter a round dish of 32 to 34 cm or use baking paper on the base of the dish (to easily remove the cake).


Preheat the oven to 160 ° C (for a convection oven). The cake will be cooked at medium temperature.


In the case of an electric oven without rotating heat, increase the temperature by 10 ° and place the dish at the bottom of the oven.


In a bowl, beat the butter with the sugar with a mixer for 3 to 4 minutes. Pour the eggs one by one so that they are well incorporated.


Add vanilla sugar, orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg and Metaxa, and lower the speed of the mixer.


Sift the flour with the yeast. Add alternately to the mixture you pour with the mixer, the milk with the flour. The speed of the mixer should be slow so that the vassilopita can swell.


Add the chocolate vermicelli and stir gently with a spatula.


Pour the mixture into the dish and add the bean (in Greece it is customary to place a coin in an aluminum foil).


The oven is well preheated, cook for about 50 minutes, until the vassilopita swells, and is a little brown. It must come off and the blade of the knife is dry from the center of the cake.


Let stand in the dish for 30 minutes and return to a tray. Remove the nonstick paper and sprinkle with icing sugar.

Enjoy, and give us your opinion in the comments!

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