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Vasilopita Portokali: A Traditional Greek Orange New Year Cake

What a lovely time of the year! Are you planning to spend some time with your family and friends? Then, get ready to make the most delicious cake to welcome the New Year. Don’t know how to make a Greek vasilopita cake? Just follow this step by step this traditional Greek vasilopita recipe! Vasilopita portokali (Βασιλόπιτα πορτοκάλι) is a traditional Greek orange New Year cake.

Cutting a vasilopita on New Year’s Eve is a lovely Greek tradition. So lovely that is should become a global one! This easy Greek vasipolita is also known as orange vasilopita as the word portokali means orange.

To make this vasilopita portokali you need the following ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, sugar, oranges, orange zest, baking powder, vanilla extract, and milk.

We Greeks have the tradition to cut a vasilopita not only on New Year’s Eve, but also in our work. Actually, cutting a New Year’s bread at our work is a common tradition! The employee who gets the lucky the piece with the lucky coin gets a gift!

This easy vasilopita orange cake recipe will take around 20 minutes to prepare and 60 minutes to bake.

Vasilopita Portokali

Vasilopita Portokali – Ingredients

  • 500 g of flour
  • 250 g of butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 400 g of sugar
  • 250 g of oranges, peeled
  • 250 ml of milk
  • The zest of one orange
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • One clean coin wrapped in aluminum foil
  • Powdered sugar




Vasilopita Portokali – Instructions

  1. Start this easy orange vasilopita recipe by preheating the oven to 180˚C.
  2. Take a bowl. Sift the flour and mix it with the baking powder.
  3. Pour the butter into the bowl of the mixer and beat it with the sugar until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture gets fluffy.
  4. Get a baking pan (26 cm diameter), butter and sprinkle it with some flour at all of its surfaces.
  5. Pulp the oranges.
  6. Add one by one the eggs, the vanilla, and orange zest and continue mixing at medium speed.
  7. Add the milk and the pulped oranges.
  8. Slowly add the flour.
  9. Place the coin in the baking pan and pour the mixture.
  10. Bake for around one hour.
  11. Remove it from the oven and get it out the baking pan. Allow it to cool down.
  12. Once cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  13. Serve

I hope you and your beloved ones enjoy this vasilopita orange. Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year with the hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come.

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