Thea Liza’s Simple Vasilopita from California Greek Girl Mary Papoulias-Platis


Mary Papoulias-Platis mixes her California coastal living with a dose of Greek flair on her popular website, California Greek Girl.

She shares numerous tips and treats, organizes cooking classes and has an avid following. She also preserves Greek heirloom traditions from her family and we’re lucky to have her Aunt Liza’s Vasilopita recipe.

Don’t forget to place the good luck coin in the batter!

Happy New Year from Mary Papoulias-Platis at California Greek Girl. Follow her popular Facebook page here.



½ pound butter, melted
2 cups sugar
6 teaspoons baking powder
4 cups flour
3 eggs
Zest of 1 orange
½ cup milk



Butter the bottom and sides of a 12×3 – inch round cake pan.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the butter and beat on medium high with the mixer until light in color. Set aside.

Beat eggs until light in color for about 3-4 minutes.

Add sugar and continuing beating until fluffy another 3-4 minutes.

On medium low speed add milk, baking powder, orange zest to eggs.

On low speed add flour and cooled butter alternately to batter.

Do not over beat.

Place wrapped coin in the bottom of the pan. (I wrap my coin with wax paper)

Pour batter into baking pan.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees, for 30 -35 minutes until lightly brown.

Test with a toothpick for doneness.

Let cool.

Place cooking rack or plate on top and flip over.

Flip once more so top is face up.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Don't forget the coin!

Don’t forget the coin!

Mary's Thea Liza-- handwritten recipe and a vintage holiday card.

Mary’s Thea Liza– handwritten recipe and a vintage holiday card.


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