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Loli – Island Cake from Sifnos (Lenten)

Literally translated, Loli (loh-LEE) means “crazy one.”

Despite the odd sounding name, there’s nothing crazy about this delicious sweet cake that is a specialty from the island of Sifnos. There’s no fancy prep work here, all the ingredients are basically thrown in to a bowl and mixed together. The end result is absolutely delightful and as an added bonus, it’s Lenten approved!

Loli - "Crazy" Cake from Sifnos

Loli – “Crazy” Cake from Sifnos

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Yield: Approximately 24 pieces


  • 2 lbs. Butternut Squash (or pumpkin, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • Zest of two oranges
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 lb. all purpose flour, (approximately 3 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of a large, round pan, (approximately 16 inches in diameter.)

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients together and mix well. Transfer the mixture to the pan and smooth the surface with a spatula. Sprinkle liberally with sesame seeds.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 1 hour or until top has become a warm golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

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