Saint-Fanourios Cake



  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground clove
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 ½ cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of floured raisins
  • caster (superfine sugar)


  1. Preheat oven to 175° C / 345° F.
  2. In your mixer bowl add all the dry ingredients, except baking soda, walnuts and raisins.
  3. In another big enough bowl mix orange juice with baking soda.
  4. Follow by adding all liquid ingredients into the first bowl.
  5. Mix well until they are all fully incorporated.
  6. Now add the raisins and walnuts.
  7. Mix just to incorporate.
  8. Grease and flour a 26cm round pan.
  9. Bake for about 40-50 minutes or until the knife that you insert in the center comes out clean.
  10. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a while.
  11. Dust with caster and serve.


On August 27, the Orthodox community commemorates the St.Fanourios the Martyr, and it is customary for women to make this cake.

It seems that  St.Fanourios starts from Rhodes, where his icon was found, while digging in the ruins of an old church outside the city walls. Metropolitan of  Rhodes Nile (1355-1369) read the inscription “Saint Fanourius”. The icon represented a young man dressed in military attire, clutching a cross and candle and it was surrounded by 12 scenes of his martyrdom. Metropolitan established the date they found the icon as the feast day of St. Fanourios.

Christians make a pie on that day or the day before, the so-called “Fanouropita”, which is made from pure flour, sugar, cinnamon and oil to reveal saint lost items, the fate of unmarried girls or even at work unemployed.


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