This cake is connected to the first day of each New Year in our home. It is our for ever Vasilopita recipe, to a sweet welcome and of course it has a hidden coin inside for good luck. If you take all that story out, it is a delicious cake full of flavour and aroma, soft and sweet, to bake it not only for New Year`s, but the whole year.
Simple ingredients, easy to bake, served in your morning coffee table in about an hour, you dont`t want to miss that one out.
You Will Need:
6 eggs (medium size)
450 gr. sugar
200 gr. butter (at room temperature)
1/2 a small glass of wine cognac
zest from two oranges (medium size or one large)
juice from an orange
500 gr. self-raising flour
half a tsp. baking powder
powdered sugar & decorating toppings
* Pre-heat the oven to 180 *C. Spread butter and flour in a pan (preferably with a removable base).
Prepare the meringue (6 eggs), by separating the crocus from the white wheat and leave it aside.
Beat in a mixer all the ingredients, starting with the sugar and the crocus for a couple of minutes and add gradually the butter, cut in cubes. Add the orange zest and the meringue. Add the cognac, a few spoons of the flour and the orange juice. Add the remaining flour and the baking powder.
Mix in medium to high speed until the ingredients are homogenized, drop it into the pan and bake it in the preheated oven for about 40 to 45 minutes.
Let it cool on a rack for a few minutes, add the powdered sugar and any other topping you wish.