Karidopita Greek walnut cake

Karidopita Greek Walnut cake Recipe

60 Minutes
Serves: 6

This traditional Karidopita Greek walnut cake is a warm spiced cake flavoured with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves with an orange, vanilla and brandy syrup. We recommend you serve it warm or cold with ice-cream.

Recipe Ingreds


  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 5 tbsp brandy
  • 200 grams butter
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 7 egg
  • 0.5 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 orange
  • 3 slices brown bread
  • 165 grams light brown sugar
  • 380 grams walnuts


  • 3 tbsp brandy
  • 15 ml orange juice
  • 150 grams caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 75 ml water


  • 4 scoop icecream(vanilla)

Recipe with pictures Steps

Step 1

  • set the oven to 165C 365F or gas mark 3
  • using a small amount of the butter, grease the cake tin. cut out a circle of grease proof paper the same size as the tin place in the tin. Cut a strip of paper to line the sides of the tin.
  • zest the orange
  • squeeze the orange

Step 2

  • using a food processor blend the bread and walnuts to a crumbs
  • separate the whites and yolks

Step 3

  • chop the butter into cubes and add to the food mixer with the sugar
  • beat the butter and sugar mixture till pale and fluffy
  • add the zest
  • add the egg yolks a bit at a time

Step 4

  • add the brandy to the cake mixture
  • stir to mix the ingredients
  • set a side

Step 5

  • add the breadcrumbs and nuts to a large bowl
  • add the spices and baking powder
  • stir to mix the ingredients

Step 6

  • mix the nut mixture and the creamed butter mixture

Step 7

  • place the egg whites in a bowl
  • whisk the egg whites till they form peaks
  • fold in half the whisked egg white into the nut cake mixture
  • carefully fold the remaining whisked egg white into the cake mixture

Step 8

  • fill the cake tin with the cake mixture
  • bake for 35 mins
  • cake is ready when it start to come away from the sides
  • remove from the oven
  • Allow to cool in the tin

Step 9

  • to make the syrup
  • place all the ingredients in a pan
  • stir till sugar has melted
  • cook till the sauce thickens
  • sieve the syrup

Step 10

  • scar the top of the cake with portion marks
  • pour over the cake

Step 11

  • Cool
  • place the cake on a serving plate

Step 12

  • serve with vanilla icecream

Recipe Utensils

  • 2 bowl
  • 1 cake tin (9 inch/23 cms)
  • 1 food mixer
  • 1 food processor
  • 1 grater
  • 1 grease proof paper
  • 1 hand mixer
  • 1 large knife
  • 1 lemon squeezer
  • 1 sieve
  • 2 small bowl
  • 1 small pan

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What is Karidopita

Karidopita is a traditional Greek dessert, the cake is made from walnuts and covered in a sweet syrup. The name Karidopita comes from the Greek word for walnut and pie combined. The syrup can be flavoured with different flavourings, common flavourings are orange zest, cloves, brown sugar and spiced rum or cognac. 

How to make Greek walnut cake

Karidopita is unusual in that the sponge is made from breadcrumbs and walnuts blended together in place of flour, these are added to a whipped butter, sugar and egg yolk mix, air is added to the sponge using baking powder and whipped egg whites, once cooked it is drenched in a sweet orange syrup  The syrup is made from orange juice, brandy, vanilla and caster sugar, the sauce is thickened and then poured over the cake as it cools. 

What makes our spicy walnut cake the best

Without a doubt the delicious orange, brandy and vanilla syrup that is added to this recipe after it is cooked, it is the secret ingredient that makes this absolutely delicious.

How and when to serve karidopita

We think this dessert is more a winter than summer recipe, it is the perfect cake to add to your Christmas recipe repertoire, as it is full of the flavours of Christmas. You can serve this cake warm or cold, if serving it as a dessert we recommend warm with a dollop of ice-cream

Dinner Party Dessert

This recipe is ideal for any Greek themed dinner party, or Christmas dinner party as an alternative to Christmas pudding. Take a look at our Greek themed menu and see if its perfect for your next party.

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