Traditional Karidopita Recipe

Karidopita is a traditional Greek walnut cake drenched in a lush lemon syrup. It is by far one of Greece’s most popular cakes. Here is a delicious and authentic recipe for this syrupy sweet by popular Greek chef Giorgos Tsoulis. 

Ingredients (makes 10-12 pieces)

For cake

– 500 x grams plain flour 
– 500 x grams caster sugar
– 10 x eggs, room temperature
– 250 ml olive oil
– 50 grams baking powder
– 1 x tablespoon vanilla sugar
– 1/4 x teaspoon ground cloves
– 1 x tablespoon ground cinnamon
– 400 x ml full cream milk
– 300 x grams walnuts, crushed

For syrup

– 500 x grams caster sugar
– 1 litre water
– 50 x grams glucose syrup
– 2 x cinnamon sticks
– 1 x lemon, juiced


For syrup

-Place saucepan over medium heat, add water, sugar, glucose syrup, cinnamon sticks and lemons juice. Mix with a wooden spoon and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes. Once syrup has set, remove from heat and set aside to cool.

For walnut cake

-In a large metal bowl, pour the olive oil, milk, sugar, eggs and stir with hand whisk until the eggs are dissolved.

-Take a large pot and fill it halfway with water and transfer to medium/low heat, until it
starts to boil.

-Place metal bowl with the eggs on top and stir constantly with a hand whisk for 5-10 minutes, until fluffy.

-Remove from heat, add flour and mix with a plastic spatula.

– Add baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, walnuts and mix until well combined.

-Butter a round pan with a diameter of 35cm, and transfer mixture into pan. Bake it in a preheated oven in the middle rack at 180 degrees Celcius (air force oven) for 40-45 minutes.

-Once it’s ready, remove from oven and lightly piece the walnut pie creating small recesses with knife.

-Pour the cold syrup over the walnut pie , cut into pieces and serve.

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