Politismos eMagazine | Καρυδόπιτα: Karidopita (Greek Walnut Cake)



Karidopita (Greek Walnut Cake) 


Cake Ingredients: 


8 eggs, separated 

1 cup sugar 

1 tsp vanilla 

12 Zwieback toast 

2/3 lb. walnuts 

4 tsp cinnamon 

1/4 tsp ground cloves 

1 tsp baking powder 

1/4 tsp salt 

1 tsp orange zest 

1 tsp lemon zest 


Syrup Ingredients

2 cups water 

2 cups sugar 

1/2 cup honey 

2 strips orange peel 

2 strips lemon peel 

1 cinnamon stick  


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 by 13 baking dish.

  1. In a mixer, place the egg whites inside and mix until stiff. Then place the egg yolks inside another mixer bowl, and mix the egg yolks and sugar until yellow and pale in color, and add vanilla.
  2. Next grind the zwieback toast into a food processor. Add in the walnuts and pulse until the walnuts are crushed into small pieces. Place the crumb mixture into a medium size bowl and add in, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, cloves, lemon & orange zest. Add in the egg yolk mixture and stir. Slowly fold in the egg whites in 3 different additions.
  3. Pour the batter into a prepared baking dish and smooth out with a spatula. Bake for about 35 minutes or until golden on top.  When syrup is done, remove cake from oven and place syrup over the cake. Let the syrup soak into the cake.



  1. Combine the water, sugar, honey, orange & lemon peel and cinnamon stick in a saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes. Let the syrup cool down then remove the cinnamon stick, and peels. 
  3. Pour syrup over cake and let the cake cool before serving. 


Yield: 25 Pieces 


You can find this recipe along with many other Greek recipes in the new “Back To My Roots” cookbook.

01 Dec 2015, by Politismos Museum of Greek History in Gastronomyx