Ciambella Della Nonna – Italian Breakfast Cake


This soft and rustic breakfast cake has been my breakfast for many years, but it is perfect for your morning break as well.

The ingredients are very basic, these are the ingredients that my mother has always on hand, but you can add other ingredients as grated orange zest (or chopped candied orange), raisings or even make a marbled cake adding some chocolate powder to part of the batter and mixing it lightly after pouring it into the mold.

My mother adds some maraschino to give the special flavor to it, but you can also add one tablespoon amaretto instead.

My children used to spread some margarine and sugar over the slices and Yum… This is a souvenir in honor of my mother!

Ciambella Della Nonna – Italian Breakfast Cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 400 g flour ( 13 ounces)
  • 150 g margarine (5 ounces) or 150 g butter ( 5 ounces)
  • 180 g sugar ( 6 ounces)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons almond liqueur ( we use maraschino)
  • 1 lemon zest or 1 orange zest
  • 100 ml milk ( 1/3 cup)
  • 1 -2 tablespoon sugar ( additional only for topping)


  1. Preheat the oven at 220°C (425°F).
  2. Grease your mold (I use a ring-shaped one) and dust with flour.
  3. Work all the ingredients (reserve the sugar for topping) with the kneading machine until smooth.
  4. Spread the batter in the mold.
  5. Top with sugar.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes at 220°C (425°F).


4 thoughts on “Ciambella Della Nonna – Italian Breakfast Cake

  1. Made for 1st Time Tag @ FF&F & for my weekly family brunch. I was so amused by MKK’s comment because our family sees brunch as an excuse to have dessert in the AM! PM times are just too long to wait for dessert. I made your Mom’s breakfast cake as written using Grand Marnier as the liqueur, but faltered at the end when I forgot to add my orange zest. I quickly sprinkled it atop the cake in the oven, but it didn’t incorporate well. To compensate, I sprinkled more on the finished cake, hopeful it would show in the pic. This has a lovely texture & is perfect for brunch, morning coffee or even afternoon coffee/tea & it was well-rec’d by our family. My sister-in-law brought me flowers & insisted that a 2nd pic be taken w/some of the flowers. I’ll post both pics in the FF&F thread so you can share w/your Mom. Thanks for sharing this recipe w/me & our family.

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