Andrea’s Nouna’s Easy Vasilopita

There’s something precious about a recipe passed down from one generation to another. Whether handwritten or, in this case, typewritten, it becomes a tangible symbol of a special relationship. This typewritten recipe for an “Easy Vasilopita” was given to Andrea, chair of our Traditional Attire & Decorative Arts Department, by her Nouna (Godmother), who was first generation Greek-American with roots in Sparta. Unsatisfied with her family’s practice of using boxed cake mix, Andrea was happy to upgrade to this simple but tasty cake-like vasilopita.

Easy Vasilopita

2 cups sugar
1/2 lb. butter
1 Tbsp shortening
1 cup milk
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
4 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
Confectioner’s sugar (for topping)

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream butter and shortening.
  3. Add sugar and continue to cream. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla.
  4. Add milk, baking powder, and flour, and mix well.
  5. Pour into a greased and floured pan and bake for one hour. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and cool.

Use a bundt pan or springform pan.

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