Happy New Year! Gluten Free Vasilopita

Happy New Year! Gluten Free Vasilopita

Happy New Year Everyone! To celebrate I have made a gluten free Vasilopita cake. Vasilopita is a cake or bread that is made to celebrate the first day of the new year in Greece and many other places in Eastern Europe. The cake contains a lucky coin and whoever gets the slice with the coin in will have good luck thrust upon them! I have received the coin quite a few times much to my delight!





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You will need:

250g butter

grated rind of 1 unwaxed lemon or orange

2 tablespoons lemon juice

550g caster sugar

6 medium eggs or 5 large eggs

150g gluten free Juvela white flour mix (or any other gluten free flour mix)

300g buckwheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

250ml milk

35g pistachios, chopped

35g walnuts, chopped

40g blanched almonds, chopped

For the topping:

35g pistachios, sliced

35g walnuts, chopped

35g blanched almonds

55g sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients of the topping together in a bowl and mix well.

What to do:

1. Lightly grease a deep 28cm cake tin and line the base with baking parchment.

2. Melt the butter and add caster sugar. Whisk until light and fluffy.

3. Slowly add in one egg at a time and whisk.

4.  Fold in the flour and baking powder with the milk a little at a time ‘slowly slowly’. (My dads phrase)

5. Add in the lemon rind and lemon juice.

6. Add in all the chopped nuts and mix thoroughly.

7. Transfer mixture to baking tin (a rubber spatula is very handy)

8. Place the coin at the top, it usually will sink to the bottom (I have tried covering the coin in flour but alas it still sinks.)

9. Bake at 180° C for 30 mins then take out and sprinkle on nuts and sugar to cover the top of cake

10. Cover with tin foil and cook for another 30 mins.

11. Remove tin foil and let the cake bake for a further 5/10 mins until golden brown.

Check cake is baked through thoroughly with a cake tester

 So let the celebrations begin! καλή χρόνια!



  1. 31st December 2015 / 6:28 pm

    Looks yum-my! I made the traditional one for the family, but I’ll try this for sure!

    • 31st December 2015 / 7:44 pm

      Thank you!! Hope you like it 🙂

  2. dimi
    31st December 2016 / 2:50 pm

    where does the milk go in? I just prepared the whole recipe, and realized the milk was sitting on the counter still. Just added it in the end, hope it’s not too runny now..

    • 31st December 2016 / 3:45 pm

      Apologies, I forgot to add that part in to my recipe!!! You put it in with the flour and the baking powder, a bit at a time (I have amended it now).

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