Ciambella, Italian Yogurt Cake

Ciambella, an Italian Yogurt Cake

Using only a 4 ounce (125 ml) vanilla yogurt cup learn how to make an easy and deliciously moist cake!  Just embrace the Italian Simplicity as you make a cake with only a yogurt cup.  Great for dessert or breakfast.

Buon Appetito!

Preheat oven to 350F (170 C). Serves 8-12.

Grease (with a pat of butter) and flour cake pan and set aside. Italian cakes are generally made dry and then moisture is added after the baking. This is usually done by drizzling Pineapple Juice, Marsala, Maraschino or Rum. If you do not want to add the juice or liquor simply skip this step and add 1 cup of oil to the batter.

  • 1 4 ounce yogurt cup of vanilla
  • 2 yogurt cups of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 yogurt cup vegetable or olive oil for a moist cake.
  • (FOR a DRY cake moistened with liquor utilize the following:          1/2 yogurt cup oil for baking. Then after the cake is cooled drizzle 1/2 cup your choice of: Pineapple Juice, Rum, Sweet Marsala all over cake.)
  • 3 eggs
  • a pinch of salt
  • zest of an entire orange OR 2 lemons for a citrus flavor

In a large mixing bowl add all the ingredients in order. Using a free standing mixer  or a hand held mixer set to a low setting, begin to combine all ingredients.  Mix for about 2 minutes on medium high, turn off mixer and set aside. With a rubber spatula or spoon scrap the cake batter into the pre-greased and floured pan of choice. Place into oven and allow to bake for 25 minutes. Cake is done when inserted fork tines or toothpick comes out clean when removed.

After cooling the cake can be cut in half and filled with custard, pudding or marmalade. Place the removed half back on top of lower half and spread filling.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar by tapping a sieve.


Serve Raita with Permjit's Chicken Curry

Raita adds flavor to any Indian meal and also assists in cooling down the palate’s “hotness” brought on by the spices used in food preparation. Serve on the side with Permjit’s Chicken Curry,  Paratha,  Spiced Rice

Serves 6-8

  • 500 g low fat yogurt
  • 1 Cucumber shredded (remove water of cucumber)
  • 1 Carrot Shredded
  • 1 ½ tsp Roasted Cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 pinches black salt

    In a bowl, whisk yogurt for 3 minutes, this will add air and provide a lighter taste to the Raita.  Add all ingredients to yogurt and continue to whisk together. Set aside in refrigerator.

    FDA Warning: Total Body Formula, Yogurt, ED Vitamins

    FDA News Digest

    March 31, 2008



    FDA is advising consumers not to buy or use “Blue Steel” or “Hero” products, marketed as dietary supplements throughout the United States, because they are considered unapproved drugs and have not been proven to be safe or effective. These products contain undeclared ingredients, which may dangerously affect blood pressure level. They are promoted and sold over the Internet for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) and for sexual enhancement. They are labeled as dietary supplements but do not qualify as such because they contain undeclared and unapproved substances similar in chemical structure to sildenafil, the active ingredient in the ED drug Viagra.

    › FDA also is advising consumers not to buy or consume Total Body Formula in the flavors of Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar, or Total Body Mega Formula in the Orange/Tangerine flavor. The liquid dietary supplement products may cause severe adverse reactions, including significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain and fatigue. 

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