Founouropita Greek Cake
Founouropita Greek cake is made on the celebration of Agios Fanourios. He is the Saint that one prays to when they are seeking an answer, a revelation or to find something that is lost. When you have a request or a wish for something to come true/or to be revealed to you, you bake this ask and ask for your wish. Essentially it is a very soft and crumbly moist orange cake. I also call it the 1:1:1 cake as it mostly needs 1 cup of this and 1 cup of that.
The celebration for Agios Fanourios is a big one. Many people go to church on this day, with their baked cake in hand, in order to have it blessed by the priest. It is a great honour to have this occur. It goes without saying that if your wish is not granted then it was not meant for you at this time. Religion plays a huge role in the lives of the Greeks, and Saint’s day celebrations are a big festivity. Festivals take place in Greece around these special days.
Some people add nuts and dried fruit to this cake so this is an optional addition if you like.
Ingredients for Founouropita Greek Cake
1 cup olive oil
1 cup orange juice
½ teaspoon clove
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar
425g Self-raising flour
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
2. Live a round cake tin with baking paper.
3. Mix the orange juice, olive and sugar until well combined.
4. Combine the spices, baking powder and flour and slowly add to the wet mix until fully incorporated.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared tin.
6. Bake for 35- 40 minutes or until inserted skewer comes out clean and cake is golden.
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