Greek New Years Cake

nicole b


My mom makes this cake every New Year. You slice the cake from oldest to youngest and that is the piece they eat. If you find the hidden coin you will have good luck for the year.

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45 Min

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
What a fun New Year's Day cake! It's moist, light and flavorful. Perfect treat to start the new year. A slice would go nicely with a cup of coffee or tea.


3 c
eggs separated
1 1/2 c
8 oz
butter (1/2 pound)
2 tsp
baking powder
2/3 c
orange juice
1/2 tsp
anise extract (I use tablespoon)
sesame seeds (to sprinkle on top of cake, add as much or as little as you like)
1/4 tsp
baking soda

How to Make Greek New Years Cake


  • 1Preheat oven to 350. Bakes for 45 min to 1 hour.
  • 2Cream soft butter, sugar and egg yokes.
  • 3Add flour, baking powder, baking soda alternating with orange juice. Add anise.
  • 4Beat egg white and fold into batter.
  • 5Transfer to a greased pan (I use a 10 inch cheesecake spring pan), place a dime wrapped in tin foil into the batter and place in oven.
  • 6When cake raises a little brush with egg wash and sprinkle sesame seeds on top, continue to bake.

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About Greek New Years Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Greek
Collection: Tastes of the World
Hashtags: #sesame, #greek, #seed