St. Basil’s Cake > Greek Vasilopita

Posted On December 26, 2006

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Ingredients >
1 cup butter, softened
1 3/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
5 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons water
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup blanched, slivered almonds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Method >
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In large bowl, beat together butter and 1 3/4 cups sugar. Separate 3 of the eggs; beat the yolks and the 2 remaining whole eggs into butter mixture. Stir in vanilla and water.
Sift together flour and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Whip 3 egg whites until foamy. Add remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Continue to whip whites until they are stiff, but not dry. Fold whipped whites into batter.
Pour batter into greased 10-by-4-inch tube pan. Wrap a large coin in foil, and place the coin in the batter. Press the coin down; it should be completely hidden. Sprinkle nuts and seeds on top of batter. Bake cake about 70 minutes, or until done. Cool on wire rack.
Makes 1 (10-inch) tube cake.

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