Best Gluten-free Greek New Years Cake (Vasilopita/ Βασιλόπιτα)
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'Vasilopita' (βασιλόπιτα), pronounced vah-see-LO-pi-tah is a classic Greek New Years cake. Tradition has it that a gold coin known as a 'flouri' or small medallion is inserted into the base of the cake and when cut on New Years Day, the person who finds the coin is said to have good luck for the rest of the year!
This is my fabulous GLUTEN-FREE version of Vasilopita cake which has a lovely moist crumb and flavours of citrus and mahlab and finished with a dusting of powdered sugar! It can be made dairy free by substituting the butter for vegan butter.
This recipe makes 1 x 9" round cake.
250g unsalted butter, room temperature
150g coconut sugar
4 medium eggs, room temperature
100g ground almonds
55g gluten-free oat flour
80g sweet rice flour/ glutinous rice flour (or tapioca starch)
65g millet flour
3 tsp baking powder
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
7g mahlab/ mahlepi
Zest of 1 orange, organic and unwaxed
Zest of 1 lemon, organic and unwaxed
Icing sugar, to dust (omit for entirely refined sugr free)
Preheat the oven to 180ºC and grease the cake tin with butter and baking paper.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter for about 5 minutes until white and fluffy, stopping and scraping the sides half way to make sure the texture is the same.
While the butter is beating, in a medium bowl mix all the flours together, baking powder and salt.
Once the butter is fluffy, add the coconut sugar and mix well.
Add one egg in at a time followed by 2 Tbsp of the four mixture. Make sure the batter is completley mixed in before adding the next egg. Repat until all the eggs and flour is incorporated.
Add in the vanilla extract, mahlab and zest of the orange and lemon.
Carefully pour the mixture into the cake tin. If using a gold coin (flouri) or currency coin, you can either: rinse, dry and wrap it in aluminium foil and drop in the coin at this point, or, insert the coin into the base after it has baked.
Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes (check if it’s done by sticking a thin knife inside – if it comes out clean, the cake is ready).
Once baked, place it onto a cooling rack for 10 minutes, and then take it out of the tin and place it back on the rack until cooled completely.
If you didn't bake the cake with the coin inside, you can now carefully turn the cake over and make a slit in the base, insert the coin into the slit, then turn the cake back over to nobody can tell where the coin is.
Dust with icing sugar and serve!
The person who finds the gold coin will have good luck all year!
Store in an air tight container in the fridge or at room temperature. It will keep for 3-4 days.
SERVE THIS WITH.
A dusting of icing sugar
Whipped double cream
Almonds - are high in protein and fibre and are an excellent source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids and Vitamin E. (Source)
Gluten-free oat flour - is a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. Oats are high in the soluble fibre beta-glucan, which helps reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels and promotes healthy gut bacteria. (Source)
Millet flour - naturally gluten-free and a good source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. (Source)
Coconut sugar - brings a lovely caramel flavour with a lower GI. (Source)
Eggs (organic) - eggs provide great source of protein and nutrients. (Source)
Mahlab/ mahlepi - is a fragrant spice made from the ground pits of a sour cherry. It’s used in small quantities to sharpen baked goods and adds a distinct cherry / almond flavour. (Source)
Orange zest - is rich in fibre, vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, calcium and other essential nutrients. (Source)
Lemon zest - high in heart-healthy vitamin C and several beneficial plant compounds that may lower cholesterol. (Source)
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