The best vasilopita that you will ever try! Full of the aromas of oranges and good quality butter. This vasilopita transfers me back to my childhood and all the New Years Eve that I spent with my family in Greece. But this vasilopita is different as it doesn’t contain any refined sugar or white flour like the traditional version. So, let’s get into baking this easy vasilopita with whole wheat flour and honey.
What is vasilopita
Vasilopita is a traditional Greek orange cake made the day of New Years Eve to celebrate the coming new year. It means “the pie of Santa Claus” as in Greece traditionally Santa Claus visits at New Years Eve and it is made with oranges, butter, refined sugar and flour.
The hidden coin – flouri
Traditionally, the vasilopita contains a hidden coin which we place in the cake after we bake it. At midnight of New Years a few minutes after the New Year has started, we cut the vasilopita and whoever wins the hidden coin, this brings him good luck.
What you will need to make this easy vasilopita with whole wheat flour and honey
- Eggs. I always use pasture raised organic eggs as I feel like the animals get treated better in the pastures. Please use what you have on hand.
- Butter. I love using grass-fed butter as I feel the taste is better.
- Flours: As I said, traditionally this orange cake is made with white flour. To increase the nutrient intake I used whole wheat flour and almond flour. If you don’t have almond flour on hand, you can always blend the same amount of almonds in your blender until sand like consistency.
- Baking powder. I always choose to use an aluminum free version.
- Oranges. You will need both the orange zest and orange juice. This cake is a fancy orange cake after all.
- Honey. This is the sweetener for this recipe. You can substitute with maple syrup. You can even add a bit extra if you want a sweeter outcome.
Tips to perfection
- Make sure that both eggs and butter is at room temperature. This is important as the egg whites form a better, fluffier meringue this way. Also, it will be easier for the butter to incorporate if it is at room temperature.
- You can use either a hand mixer or a stand mixer for this cake. Of course if you are hard core you can even do it with an eggwhisk. It will take more time but it is doable.
- Make sure that you beat the egg whites and then the egg yolks/honey/butter mixture long enough. When we beat well our ingredients, they encapsulate air and the cake is so fluffy.
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Easy vasilopita with whole wheat flour and honeyCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy
6 eggs, in room temperature
2 sticks (250 gr) grass fed butter, in room temperature and cut in cubes
1 cup honey (340 gr)
1 cup (250 gr) orange juice
2 cups (300 gr) whole wheat flour
1/2 cup (75 gr) almond flour
1.5 tbsp baking powder
Zest of two orange
Shredded coconut to decorate
- Preheat your oven at 360F (182.22 degrees Celsius) and butter a 10 inches (25.4 centimetres) round baking sheet
- Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks
- In a mixing bowl beat the egg whites until they form a soft meringue
- In a separate mixing bowl beat well the egg yolks and butter to incorporate
- Add the honey and continue to beat until it is well incorporated
- Add the orange juice and zest and stir
- Add the whole wheat flour, almond flour and baking powder and stir
- Stir in *slowly* the meringue in 3 batches using a folding motion
- Place the cake batter into the baking sheet
- Bake for at least 45 min and then start checking with a knife or toothpick if it comes out clean. It might take up to 1 hour to bake fully.
- When ready, let it cool down before you decorate with shredded coconut