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Keik: Basic Greek Cake


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Basic Greek Cake

Photo © N. Gaifyllia, licensed to About.com, Inc.

In Greek: κεϊκ, pronounced: cake

Similar to a pound cake, this is a simple cake with a touch of orange flavor. It can be embellished with chocolate, nuts, raisins, or other additions to your taste, but this is the basic recipe.

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 4 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • gated peel of 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup of brandy
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter (1 1/5 sticks), softened
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 4 eggs
  • butter for baking pan


Preheat oven to 355F (180C).

Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder) to combine well.

In a mixing bowl, combine orange peel, brandy, and softened butter. Beat until smooth. Continuing to beat, add milk slowly, and then eggs. Slowly beat in the flour mixture and continue to beat for 3 minutes at medium-high speed until the batter is smooth.

Pour into two lightly buttered loaf pans (or equivalent) and bake at 355F (180C) for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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