New Year’ s Cake

  •   20 min preparation time plus 1-1:15 cooking time

    Preparation Time

  • easy

    Difficulty Level

  • 28-30cm pan


The tradition of New Year’s cake is very old, since it is connected to the Ancient Greek Kronia, the festival of King Cronus, during which bread and fruits were offered. The tradition of slipping a coin into the cake started from Saint Basil, who, wanting to return to the believers the valuables they had given as ransom to the District Officer of Cappadocia and not knowing what belonged to whom, he decided to make small loaves of bread into which he baked the valuables and then he distributed these loaves to the believers. So, this tradition continues nowadays on the anniversary of his death.



  • 500 gr self-rising flour with orange flavor
  • 250 gr butter or margarine, at room temperature
  • 4 large eggs, or 5 smaller
  • 350-400 gr sugar
  • 2 vanillas Sunspices
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 250 ml orange juice
  • 100 gr chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp cloves Sunspices
  • Powdered sugar for sprinkling


  1.  Preheat the oven to 175C/350F. Sift the flour and mix it with vanilla, chopped walnuts, and clove. Put the butter and the sugar in the mixer bowl and whip on high speed for about 5’ until very fluffy.
  2. Reduce the speed and add the eggs one by one, waiting for the first one to be incorporated before adding the next one. After adding and fully incorporating the eggs, add the orange zest. Then, add the flour in batches and mix until all the flour is fully incorporated.
  3. Butter a pan with diameter of 28-30cm. Then dust the pan with flour, shaking the excess around. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 60-70’. After the first 60’ have passed, take a toothpick and insert it into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. If not, the cake needs some more baking time until the toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Then, remove the cake from the pan and let it cool completely, after you first insert a coin into the bottom of the cake! As soon as the New Year’s cake has completely cooled, decorate it as you wish. Write the numbers of the new year on a paper, cut them out carefully and put them on its top. Sprinkle the top of the cake with a lot of powdered sugar and then carefully remove the numbers. Or sprinkle it with powdered sugar, place any embellishments you want on top of it and wrap it with a red ribbon. Let your imagination run wild!

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