In some parts of Greece, people bake a sweet bread for the new year; in other parts, people bake a vanilla-orange type cake. The author has included her family cake recipe in The Lucky Cake.
- The recipe in The Lucky Cake calls for 1 cup of milk, but after working on the cake with her grandmother, the two Annas decided that 2 cups of milk create a thinner batter that’s easier to work with. Another bonus of using 2 cups of milk instead of 1: you don’t need a mixer! Just whisk the mixture by hand for about a minute until smooth. Kids love whisking, so add in that second cup of milk and let them give you a hand!
- Traditionally, a Vasilopita is baked in a round pan because a circle symbolizes fortune and coins. When the author bakes Vasilopita for her school visits and author signings, she uses a disposable square pan. If you use a disposable pan, increase the cooking time to 55 minutes, testing for doneness with a toothpick.
- In the hardcover book, the vanilla extract was mistakenly left out of the recipe steps. Add it to Step 2 or at any point during your mixing.