The proper balance of sprinkles to frosting is critical.
Amalia has agreed to share with you her recipe for Vasilopita, which she originally learned from her Greek Yiayia Neney. You can use the brandy (or rum) of your choice.
Vasilopita (from Eleni Nikolaides)
5 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 pound sweet butter
1 demitasse cup brandy
3 teaspoons baking powder
juice from one orange
shavings from one grated orange peel
Mix together the softened butter, eggs and sugar. Beat it so that it's a soft cream. Then add the brandy and little by little beat in the flour (which has the baking powder in it.) Also add the orange juice and the grated orange peel.
This recipe will make one large or two smaller cakes.
Bake it at 370 degrees for about 40 minutes.
Don't forget to put in the coin and to make the number of the New Year on top
with toasted almonds before you bake it!
Happy New Year 2014!