A simple serving of this ring cake.

Traditional Italian Citrus Ring Cake

This Traditional Italian Citrus Ring Cake, also known as a Ciambella, is a ring shaped sponge cake. Simple.Classic. Italian.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Italian breakfast cake, Italian Cake for Breakfast, Italian dessert, Italian Lemon Cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 264kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon or orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 sachet vanillin paneangeli*
  • Zest of 2 lemons or zest of whole orange
  • icing sugar for dusting cake


  • Preheat the oven to 350℉ (175°C) .
  • Grease and flour (or use non-stick spray) a 10-inch bundt pan.
  • In a medium bowl,sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl (of stand mixer) beat the eggs on high speed for about 3 minutes (eggs will become thick).
  • Gradually add the sugar and continue beating for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Reduce speed and add oil, milk and juice.
  • Add dry ingredients, vanillin (or vanilla extract) and zest and beat only until combined.
  • Bake in a 350℉ (175°C) oven for approximately 35 minutes or until cake tester comes out dry.
  • Cool completely on wire rack.
  • Dust with icing sugar before serving.


*Vanillin can be substitued with 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 130mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1.2mg