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Italian Breakfast Bundt Cake – Ciambella Allo Yogurt

July 6, 2020 (Last Updated: July 9, 2020) by Emily

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A soft, light, and sweet Italian Breakfast Bundt Cake made with yogurt and lemon zest. This cake is the perfect way to start your day Italian-style with a slice of sweet Ciambella cake and a cappuccino!

An overhead shot of Italian breakfast bundt cake dusted with confectioner's sugar

This post was first published on 30th July 2017 but has since been updated.

If you’ve spent any time in Italy you’ll have noticed that the traditional way to start the day is with something sweet and delicious be it a slice of Crostata, custard-filled doughnuts, flaky and buttery croissants or this soft and delicious Ciambella cake.

I have to admit, I enjoy a sweet treat for breakfast every now and then but it’s not an everyday thing for me, it’s usually kept for lazy weekends or when I can have a slow start to the day.

That being said I’ll happily devour a slice of this yogurt cake with a cup of tea or coffee throughout the day as a snack, it’s super soft, light and so delicious!

Ciambella is a type of Italian bundt cake made with a ring or bundt mould, they’re fairly inexpensive but if you don’t have one you could use a regular cake pan you might just need to bake it for an extra 5-10 minutes.

Ingredients you need

The ingredients are super simple all you need is; self-raising flour, large eggs, natural yogurt, sunflower oil (these are both important for the soft texture), baking powder, and lemon zest. See the photo below that shows all the ingredients you need.

An overhead shot of all the ingredients you need to make Italian Ciambella cake

How to make Italian Breakfast Cake (Ciambella allo Yogurt)

Whisk the sugar and eggs together using a stand mixer or electric whisk until pale and thick. Add the oil and yogurt and whisk together for a couple of seconds to combine (photos 1-3).

Step by step photos showing how to prepare Italian breakfast cake

Add the sifted flour and baking powder along with the lemon zest and fold it into the batter until it’s fully incorporated (photos 5-7).

Step by step photos showing what the cake batter should look like

Pour the batter into a prepared bundt cake pan then bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, let it cool then dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving (photo 8).

A close up of a slice of cake cut in half so you can see the soft texture

Top tips and recipe FAQs

  • Yogurt – Make sure to use natural plain yogurt that’s not too thick in texture.
  • Lemon zest – You can replace the lemon zest with orange if you prefer.
  • Extra flavour – For a more intense lemon flavour you can add 1-2 tbsp of juice into the batter.
  • Cake batter – Make sure to sift the flour first to avoid a lumpy batter.
  • Cake pan – I used a 10-inch ring cake or ciambella cake mould.
What’s the best way to line a bundt cake pan?

I use a non-stick bundt or ring mould and grease it lightly with butter then lightly coat it in flour making sure to shake out any excess. This ensures the cake can easily be removed after baking.

How long does it last?

The Ciambella cake will last up to 5-7 days stored in a sealed container or can be frozen wrapped tightly in plastic wrap (cling film) and aluminium foil.

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Italian Breakfast Bundt Cake – Ciambella allo Yogurt

A soft, light, and sweet Italian Breakfast Bundt Cake made with yogurt and lemon zest. This cake is the perfect way to start your day Italian-style with a slice of sweet Ciambella cake and a cappuccino!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 298kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 2 cups self raising flour (250g)
  • 1 cup caster sugar (200g)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup plain natural yogurt full fat (250g)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil (130ml)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • zest of one large lemon
  • confectioners' sugar (icing sugar) for dusting

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C.
  • Combine the eggs and sugar and whisk together using a stand or electric mixer until pale and thick (about 1-2 minutes).
  • Add the yogurt and sunflower oil and whisk for a couple of seconds to combine. Sift the flour and baking powder into the batter and add the lemon zest. Fold until fully incorporated.
  • Grease the ciambella mould and dust with flour, remove any excess flour. Add the batter to a 10" cake mould and bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool then remove from the mould, dust with confectioners' sugar and serve.

Notes

  • Yogurt – Make sure to use natural plain yogurt that’s not too thick in texture.
  • Lemon zest – You can replace the lemon zest with orange if you prefer.
  • Extra flavour – For a more intense lemon flavour you can add 1-2 tbsp of juice into the batter.
  • Cake batter – Make sure to sift the flour first to avoid a lumpy batter.
  • Cake pan – I used a 10-inch ring cake or ciambella cake mould.
  • Storage – The Ciambella cake will last up to 5-7 days stored in a sealed container or can be frozen wrapped tightly in plastic wrap (cling film) and aluminium foil.

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 96IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg
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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Carol
    March 17, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    This sounds simply delicious! When you say that you use a “fan” oven do you mean a “convection” oven? What oven temperature would you recommend if you do not have a “fan” oven?5 stars

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      March 17, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      Hi Carol, yes I mean a convection oven. That’s such a great question, from what I’ve read convection ovens cook things a little faster and can sometimes be a little hotter. In this case, I’d bake the cake as directed at the same temperature but check it by inserting a toothpick when done. If it doesn’t come out clean then it may need an extra 5-10 minutes baking. I hope this helps and hope you love the cake as much as I do! Emily.

  • Reply
    Anne
    September 20, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Can you advise where I can buy a ciambella pan?
    Thanks

  • Reply
    swayam singh
    July 30, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    This looks so delicious! I love a good cake for breakfast, especially if it has yogurt in it 😛 Makes me feel like I am eating healthy and thats certainly a plus! Gorgeous pics too

  • Reply
    Calleigh - TheForkBite
    July 30, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I love this lemony sponge cake that’s not super sweet. I can’t wait to try your recipe, thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Alyssa
    July 30, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    The simplicity of this makes it create for pairing with coffee! I’d probably try placing a piece of my fork and dunking!

  • Reply
    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    July 30, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Such a simple cake but as you say not overtly sweet. This would be perfect for breakfast with a cup of tea5 stars

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