Ciambellone: Italian Breakfast Cake


Sometimes all you need is a slice of simple, delicate, warm yogurt cake!

Ciambellone: Italian sponge cake with yoghurt

Today I was craving a slice of cake and I just had to bake this! ;)

It reminds of home, of being a kid and baking with my mum, of having an afternoon snack (merenda) with a slice of homemade ciambellone.

It is perfect for breakfast, dipped in your morning caffelatte! It is also incredibly easy to make!


  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp potato starch
  • 250g Greek or natural yoghurt
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • pinch of salt
  • icing sugar to decorate
Ciambellone: Italian sponge cake with yoghurt


Pre-heat the oven to 180 C°.

Beat the eggs with the sugar, then slowly add the sunflower oil. Add the yogurt, potato starch, lemon zest and a pinch of salt. Mix all ingredients with an electric whisk.

Gradually add the flour, vanilla extract and baking powder. Pour the mix into a greased cake tin. Bake for 35/40 minutes. Do not open the oven for at least 30 minutes.

Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool down on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Dust the top with icing sugar.

Enjoy dipping a slice of cake in warm caffelatte or milk!

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  • Reply Sophia 25/02/2013 at 11:15

    I love having a cake like this around for easy breakfasts during the week. Haven’t made a yoghurt cake in a while though – this might motivate me to try one for my next breakfast cake (nothing better than starting the day with a slice of cake and some good coffee, right?). Loving the mix of recipes and reviews on your blog at the moment – makes me miss London a lot though! Sophia

  • Reply Mondomulia 25/02/2013 at 12:00

    Thank you! I like to mix both recipes and reviews on the blog and it is a great way to practice my food photography skills in both areas: food styling and restaurant interiors! :)

  • Reply Eleonora Mann 01/03/2013 at 11:13

    I love this recipe! It reminds me to the university period!! :)

  • Reply Carole 14/03/2013 at 23:00

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to posts about breakfast dishes. I do hope you link this in. This is the link . Please do check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Cheers

  • Reply Carole 16/03/2013 at 00:27

    , thanks for joining the link up for Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter. I hope you enjoyed looking at some of the other links. I have been reading them all and am blown away by all the great ideas! Cheers Ps I am signing up to follow your blog. A follow back would be great – or maybe you have already?

  • Reply stop snoring 21/04/2014 at 13:00

    Yogurt cake? I don’t like yogurt much. But this looks like a variety. Wouldn’t there be any sour taste of the yogurt and the lemon used? Anyways, i appreciate your kindness for sharing the recipe with us.

  • Reply Mondomulia 22/04/2014 at 10:17

    Hi, the cake is actually quite sweet and there is no sour taste from the yogurt at all. The lemon zest only gives a hint of citrus flavour, it doesn’t taste sour.

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