Traditional Greek New Year Cake - Vassilopitta

Print Friendly and PDF In Greece we traditionally have the Vassilopitta cake at New Year. A coin or special good luck charm called the floori is placed in it and whoever gets the slice with this in it supposedly has good luck all the year. Slices are not only cut for the people there, but also for the House, God, Christ and whoever else you wish. Obviously if God or Christ's slice has the coin or charm, it doesn't mean that they're going to have good luck (!) but that you will feel their influence all year.

There are different ways that people make Vassilopitta - probably as many as there are Greek grandmothers! - but this is one that we like. The photo is from last year's cake as you can see, this year's hasn't been made yet.

7 comments:

Gargantua said...

Is there a special recipe for this cake? Or can a coin be hidden in any type of cake to make it suitable for the New Year?

symposio said...

Gargantua - If you click on the link - Vassilopitta - under the photo that will take you to the recipe. Happy New Year!

Grampy said...

I am going to click on the link right away. I can save it for next year. Or can it be used for special occasions through out the year?
Very nice tradition. I love it.
Happy New Year

DingM said...

I really love cakes! If I passed on your site before Christmas or New Year I should request you the recipe of this cake...this is cool for our "Noche Buena"...I'm starving right now! :)

symposio said...

Grampy - I also wish you and yours a wonderful 2010 and many thanks for being a regular visitor here.

Vassilopitta is only made at New Year - along with the tradition of the hidden coin / token. However, I guess there's nothing to stop you just making a cake following the recipe at any other time.

Catherine said...

That's looks like a yummy cake! Happy New Year!

Horus said...

Very nice blog with original content and a lot of effort and work put into it. Nice to see you are putting the follow and twitter widgets in too.. dont see the mybloglog widget though this would be nice to show latest visitors.
I love the recipes on your blog, and am going to put you on the blogroll of some of my food blogs

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