Vasilopita is a New Year’s Day cake in Greece, which contains a hidden coin or trinket which gives good luck to the lucky diner who finds it. On New Year’s Day Greek families cut the vasilopita to bless their house and bring good luck for the New Year.
4 cups, sifted flour
6 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
Grated lemon rind
Confectioner’s or powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 325 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Sift flour, baking powder and salt.
Cream butter, add sugar gradually; beat together until mixture is light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Beat in alternately, until just smooth, flour mixture and milk. Add 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind.
Grease a 12 inch baking pan and line with waxed paper.
Turn batter into the prepared pan, put in a silver or gold coin and bake in a moderate oven for about 40 minutes.
When cold, sprinkle over powdered sugar.
The lucky person gets the coin.