Karidopita (Spiced Walnut and Honey Cake)

January 1, 2015 by: Zoe Vlachos Dessert

You will love this moist and nutty Greek vegan cake! It is bursting with flavours of cinnamon, cloves, honey and….brandy!

Servings 8-10


  • 1/3 cup brandy
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup fine semolina
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • grated zest of 2 oranges
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cups water
  • orange peels from 1 orange
  • lemon peels from 1 lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice




Place brandy in a small bowl, stir in baking soda and set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine the semolina, walnuts, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves. Make a well in the centre and set aside. In the brandy mixture add the orange zest and orange juice and blend. Pour the wet mixture into the well of the dry ingredients and fold everything together adding the olive oil little by little.  Pour batter into a greased 8 or 9 inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees F. for approximately 20 minutes or when a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.


While cake is baking add all of the syrup ingredients  to a heavy bottom sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and then lower temperature and simmer for approximately 25 minutes or until liquid has slightly reduced. Strain liquid through a fine sieve.

Pour hot syrup over hot cake and let it rest for at least 1 hour before cutting and serving.


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