This is our family’s New Year’s cake. A coin is baked in the cake, and the person who finds the coin in their slice is has good luck for the year; they also get a prize.

Vasilopita

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup blanched slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Instructions

    1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

    2 In a large bowl, blend together the butter or margarine and the sugar. Separate 3 of the eggs; add the yolks and the 2 remaining whole eggs to the butter mixture. Stir in the vanilla and water.

    3 In another bowl, sift together the baking powder and flour. Add these dry ingredients to the creamed mixture.

    4 Whip 3 egg whites until they are foamy. Add 1 tablespoon sugar. Continue to whip the whites until they are stiff, but not dry. Fold whipped whites into batter.

    5 Pour the batter into a greased 10 x 4 inch tube pan. Wrap a large coin in foil, and place the coin in the batter. Press the coin down; it should be completely hidden. Sprinkle the nuts and seeds on top of the batter.

    6 Bake the cake for about 70 minutes, or until done. Cool on a wire rack.


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