Recipe By Paul Menikos
Published Jan 4th
Prep 30m Cook 1h Additional - Ready In 1h 30m
Servings 1 - 10 inch round pan Calories 446.7

Traditional Greek New Years Day bread. Served as a coffee cake for breakfast. Also the person who receives the quarter inside gets good luck for 1 year!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup blanched slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 10 inch round cake pan.
  2. 2 In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light. Stir in the flour and mix until the mixture is mealy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Combine the baking powder and milk, add to the egg mixture, mix well. Then combine the lemon juice and baking soda, stir into the batter. Pour into the prepared cake pan.
  3. 3 Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove and sprinkle the nuts and sugar over the cake, then return it to the oven for 20 to 30 additional minutes, until cake springs back to the touch. Gently cut a small hole in the cake and place a quarter in the hole. Try to cover the hole with sugar. Cool cake on a rack for 10 minutes before inverting onto a plate.
  4. 4 Serve cake warm. Each person in the family gets a slice starting with the youngest. The person who gets the quarter in their piece, gets good luck for the whole year!

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 446.7
  • Carbohydrate 61.2 g
  • Cholesterol 135.3 mg
  • Fat 19.7 g
  • Fiber 1.1 g
  • Protein 7.7 g
  • Saturated Fat 10.9 g
  • Sodium 286.9 mg
  • Sugar 36.7 g


  1. Made this cake for New Year's gifts for neighbors and it was fantastic! I used two 6" round pans and it looked just beautiful. Bake time was still about the same although I did the sugar/almonds at about 18 minutes instead of 20 so they would stick better. Thought sliced almonds looked prettier than slivered - Read more ...
  2. Made this potential family annual tradition in a springform pan which eliminated the tricky inversion process. Also substituted a whole almond for the lucky quarter (which would have required pre-santitizing).
  3. This is definitely an old world recipe. The cake is a coarse texture and is not sweet like you expect a cake to be.
  4. My teacher is Greek and brought this in to celebrate the new year. My friend got the quarter but I still ate the cake! It was really good and apparently kid friendly. I might have to make this for my family!
  5. Fantastic recipe!I am greek living in Athens was looking for a new vassilopita recipe and tried this husband said it is the best he ever had my children loved it it was consumed on the spot even after a rich new year's dinner! I topped it with our favorite creem cheese frosting and wrote - Read more ...
  6. I served this for our New Year's brunch. It looked pretty and we all really enjoyed it. My 10 inch pans were on loan so I baked it in a tube pan for a total of 50 minutes. If you are expecting a sweet fluffy dessert cake don't make this however if you appreciate a - Read more ...
  7. An Excellent rich dense cake. This is great for a hostess gift. I topped mine with sugared pecans and baked in a springform pan to enhance presentation. Also I extended the baking time by 15 minutes. Got great reviews from all who tried it. Definitley a keeper.
  8. This recipe was really delicious. The only change I would make would be to bake it longer. When I followed the baking time in the recipe the center came out raw.
  9. This receipe was good. Infact it tastes better the second day. I had no problem with the baking time that the receipe called for. I didn't put the quarter in. Also after I inverted the cake on the cake rack I inverted again to a cake plate so the nut sugar mixture was showing on - Read more ...

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