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Fanouropita recipe (Saint Fanourios cake)

Fanouropita/ Phanouropita recipe (St. Fanourios cake)

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  • Author: Eli K. Giannopoulos
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 50 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8-10 portions 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Diet: Vegan


Moist aromatic Fanouropita recipe (St. Fanourios cake) scented with the aromas of cinnamon and clove, with sweet raisins and chopped walnuts!



  • 1 cup seed oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinammon
  • 1/2 tsp grond clove
  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 80g/ 3 oz. raisins
  • 80g/ 3 oz. chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 160-170 C (347 F) Fan.
  2. To prepare this Greek fanouropita cake recipe, add in a large bowl the sugar and vegetable oil. Using a hand whisk beat until the sugar dissolves.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the orange juice with the baking soda and mix with a fork until the baking soda froths and dissolves completely.
  4. Add the orange juice and baking soda mixture to the bowl with the sugar and oil. Whisk thoroughly using a hand whisk or an electric mixer.
  5. In another bowl add the flour, ground cinnamon, ground clove, raisins and chopped walnuts. Mix using a wooden spoon.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture, a little bit at a time, whilst whisking. Mix until the ingredients are completely combined and the mixture is smooth like a thick batter.
  7. Transfer the mixture for the fanouropita to a round oiled baking pan 28cm in diameter and bake for 45-60 minutes, depending on the oven. To check if the fanouropita is ready stick a toothpich in the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean then it is ready. If not bake a little longer and check again.
  8. Leave the fanouropita to cool down completely before removing the pan. Serve the fanouropita with icing sugar.

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