Place of originGreece
Main ingredientswalnut, flour, cinnamon

Karydopita (Greek: Καρυδόπιτα) is a Greek dessert cake made primarily from walnuts and covered in a sweet syrup. Its name is a compound word which derives from "karýdia" (Greek for walnuts) and "pita" (Greek for pie).[1]

There are several variations of the dish, with unique ingredients used in both the syrup and cake. Some common additions include, but are not limited to, orange zest, cloves, brown sugar, and spiced rum or cognac.[2][3]

It is one of the most common glyka tapsiou - dessert dishes like pies and breads baked in baking pans. Other common desserts of this style are galaktoboureko, amygdalopita and kadaifi.[4]


  1. ^ "Greek Walnut Cake Recipe - (Karidopita) - Recipe for Greek Walnut Cake - Karidopita (Karithopita)". greekfood.about.com. Archived from the original on 2016-12-22. Retrieved 2015-12-09.
  2. ^ "Karydopita | Greek Food - Greek Cooking - Greek Recipes by Diane Kochilas". dianekochilas.com. Archived from the original on 2017-10-30. Retrieved 2015-12-09.
  3. ^ "Karidopita (Greek Nut Cake) Recipe". food.com. Retrieved 2015-12-09.
  4. ^ Goldstein, Darra. The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets. p. 310.