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close up of three pieces of Greek walnut cake served on white plate

Karydopita - Greek Walnut Cake

"Karydopita" - A Greek walnut cake made with walnuts and enhanced with warm cinnamon and zesty orange.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 15 serves
Calories 500kcal
Author Peter G


For the cake

  • 250 g butter unsalted, softened
  • 1 cup sugar caster or superfine
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 1 orange juice and zest
  • 300 g walnuts ground - make sure they are not too fine-we want a few chunky pieces in there
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs or crushed dried rusks
  • 3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves optional
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 egg whites

For the sugar syrup

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar caster or superfine
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Cream the sugar and butter in a mixer until it becomes nice and light. Add the egg yolks one at a time ensuring each one becomes fully incorporated into the batter.
  • Add your cognac or brandy and the juice and zest and ensure this all mixes well.
  • *In a separate bowl combine the walnuts, breadcrumbs the spices and baking powder. Slowly add this dry mixture to your batter ensuring it mixes well.*
  • Beat your egg whites until stiff peaks form and gently fold this meringue into the batter
  • Place the mixture into a pre oiled 24cm baking tin or tray and cook in a 180 deg C oven for 40-45 mins. Ensure the cake is cooked by using the old “skewer method”.
  • Whilst the cake is cooking prepare your sugar syrup by boiling all the ingredients in a non reactive pot. Once the mixture comes to a boil, turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for a further 10 mins until we have a nice thick syrup.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool down slightly. Pour the sugar syrup over the cake until it becomes fully absorbed.
  • Cut the walnut cake into diamond shapes (anything will do really) and serve immediately with a nice strong espresso.


Serving: 1serve | Calories: 500kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g