Chocolate Chip Ring Cake {Ciambellone con Gocce di Cioccolato}

by cakeduchess on February 4, 2012 · 56 comments

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February is the month of love and decadent chocolate desserts. I decided after trying to contain my love of chocolate to gently ease myself back into the tangled web it weaves. An Italian ciambella with chocolate chips was a seemingly nice and safe start.

Well, sort of safe. Not that safe when you love it so much and eat it for breakfast and an afternoon snack with coffee…every day for 5 days straight. Not too safe when the kids ask for another one as soon as they realize they are eating the last slices.
What is a ciambellone (or ciambella)? It’s a ring shaped cake but it tastes more like a cookie. It’s sort of like the Italian version of a Bundt. You will find different variations of a ciambella all around Italy. Most of the time, I love my ciambella simply accented with lemon juice and lemon rind. But you can add whatever flavors you like to it.

What is the pretty sunshine in my latest posts? We’re in the middle of winter, right? Six more weeks of winter were predicted this week and I feel that it hasn’t even started yet for us. Luca keeps asking me, “Where is winter? Is it coming back mommy?”.

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In this ciambella there is a mashed banana and yogurt to make it a little more moist than the usual dense recipe I make. Ideally eaten the first day when it’s slightly warm dipped in your caffe latte. Even more wonderful the next day for an afternoon snack. A family favorite that you will thank me for!
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February is #chocolatelove month!

Please join in on the #chocolatelove fun by linking up any chocolate recipe from the month of February 2012.  Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #chocolatelove event!  The twitter hashtag is #chocolatelove :).

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Chocolate Chip Ring Cake {Ciambellone con Gocce di Cioccolato}

1/2 cup of Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
1 ripe banana
zest and juice of one lemon (or small orange)
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup demerra sugar (or granulated sugar)
1/2 cup canola oil (I usually do 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup canola)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 medium eggs
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray with baking spray a tube or Bundt pan.

In a small bowl, mash the banana and mix in the juice of the lemon and the yogurt; set aside. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder; set aside. In a large bowl, beat sugar, oil and vanilla extract until combined. Add the eggs one at a time until the batter is light and fluffy (about 5-7 minutes). 
Add the flour to the batter alternating with the yogurt mixture and mix until combined. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips. Add the batter to your prepared pan.
Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake in the middle of the oven  for 35-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. 
Let the cake cool for 20 minutes or so before turning out onto a cake rack.

{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

Helena / Rico sin Azúcar February 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I love this type of yogurt&oil cake, it’s simply delicious, perfect for an afternoon snack.

Great bloghop! ;-)

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Cassie/Bake Your Day February 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Gorgeous, Lora. It looks soooo moist!

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Soni February 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Gorgeous Cake!I would love to have all of it to myself!Happy #Chocolatelove :)

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Emily February 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm

This looks great. February is chocolate month. I cannot wait to find what recipe I am going to make up.

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C&C Cakery February 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm

A cake that tastes like a cookie? Yessss. That top picture seriously has my sold.

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C&C Cakery February 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm

A cake that tastes like a cookie? Yessss. That top picture seriously has my sold.

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C&C Cakery February 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm

A cake that tastes like a cookie? Yessss. That top picture seriously has my sold.

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C&C Cakery February 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm

A cake that tastes like a cookie? Yessss. That top picture seriously has my sold.

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beti February 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm

it looks delicious and very different I would love to make it

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Paula February 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I learn something new almost every time I come here and learning about ciambellone was fun. It looks pretty tasty and I like that you added banana and yogurt to it.

We here up North in Canada are not asking if Winter is coming back but rather when it will be leaving!:)

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bananamondaes February 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm

This looks like the perfect cake to last the week. Love the subtle bit of chocolate, banana and yoghurt. Lovely!

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet February 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm

This cake sounds wonderful and delicious. It came out of the pan so nicely, too!

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Kitchen Belleicious February 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm

how beautiful and light and delicious. I love the idea of chocolate with a ciambellone texture. YUM!

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Marnely Rodriguez-Murray February 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Sounds amazing! Perfect breakfast treat ;)

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Grace February 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm

One of my very favourite cakes Lora, perfect for coffee time. I love the addition of banana and greek yogurt, will have to add them to my next ciambella. I’ve never been big on yogurt but I tried it a while back in some mini mousse cakes and yum, so creamy and delicious.

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Amy February 4, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Lora this sounds delicious! I would love some with good coffee with brunch :)!

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Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice February 4, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Ahhh, this sounds so pretty in Italian! I thought I knew a fair amount about Italian goodies but this post taught me about ciambella – will definitely be making it. (Love that 1st photo too!)

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Rebecca Subbiah February 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm

bookmarking this and making very soon

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Kim Bee February 4, 2012 at 11:48 pm

This is one gorgeous cake. I love the way you played with the light in that second photo. Breathtaking. I am so glad to hear it’s chocolate month cuz now I have an excuse for eating my weight in chocolate the last few days. Now I can stop feeling guilty.

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Cake Duchess February 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Thanks so much Kim;) No guilt this month:)

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Mari February 5, 2012 at 12:24 am

Looks awesome! I would love to have a piece with my morning breakfast. Saved the recipe, thanks :)

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www.you-made-that.com February 5, 2012 at 1:51 am

Look really good but anything with chocolate chips sounds good to me. Sending chocolate love your way :)

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Samantha B February 5, 2012 at 3:29 am

Looks super savory!

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Mike Rose February 5, 2012 at 10:37 am

LOVE this! Yum!

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Maureen February 5, 2012 at 11:59 am

Imagine the scenario. Maureen walks into the dining room filled with good friends sitting around the table. Would their reaction be the same if I said, “Here’s Ciambellone con Gocce di Cioccolato” or “Want some choc chip cake?”

I’m going to start calling everying fancy Italian names. People might think I am really getting this cooking thing going on.

It sounds wonderful no matter what you call it!

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Cake Duchess February 5, 2012 at 7:14 pm

ciao Maureen- it all sounds more beautiful in Italiano;) grazie:)

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Cindy DG February 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

LOVE the sunshine in the picture! :) Itlooks awesome!!!! Stopping by to send some #chocolatelove your way! Glad to be co-hosting with you! :)
Cindy
http://vegetarianmamma.blogspot.com

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Carolyn February 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Mmmm, mmmm, I’d like some for breakfast, please!

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Shulie February 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm

To me this is perfect treat for Valentine’s Day. As I love more of a coffee cake than candy. All I think about is what will go beautifully f=with my cup of tea and a slice of this cake would be perfect.

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Lisa February 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I can only imagine how moist this cake is with the bananas and yogurt. This would be the type of cake I would rip pieces off of! Great choice for #chocolatelove. My post will be up tomorrow, plus..I’, hosting Bread Baking Day, but the announcement will be in a separate post. Hope you can take part!

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Cookin' Canuck February 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm

This is exactly why I can’t make this cake – I too would be eating it twice a day, every day. Maybe I can just keep a few slices for myself and give the rest away to our neighbors…because I really want to try this.

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A Thought For Food February 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I would kill for a slice of this right now… I’m sure it’d help with this nasty hangover I have. Looks wonderful, Lora!

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Aggie February 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I would have a hard time not eating this for breakfast, yummmm

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EA-The Spicy RD February 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I would absolutely be eating this cake for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks if it were in my house (that is unless my kids ate all the cake!). Love the addition of banana and yogurt-hey it’s healthy right!? :-)

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My Home Diary in Turkey February 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Lovely picture.. and great recipe, I love it! your cake absolutely awesome ..YUM! ^,^

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Linda February 5, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Wonderful recipe with the yogurt, banana and chocolate..yum!! Your photos are lovely!

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Lizzy February 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Fabulous cake for #chocolatelove! My family gets so excited when they see me getting chocolate chips out of the cupboard :) This is a winner, as always! xo

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Richa February 6, 2012 at 2:24 am

yumm.. love the banana and yogurt in the cake.. must make it so moist and soft.!

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Reeni February 6, 2012 at 2:36 am

Your cake is so pretty! And sounds positively delicious! I’d be sad when it was gone. Winter has been tame here too – no snow! I miss it. xoxo

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Georgie February 6, 2012 at 4:07 am

I’m starting with a thank you… For sharing this lovely recipe and I’m certain that I will thank you while I’m eating it too.. I actually have some bananas and yogurt left over from the other day… how perfect is that!

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Jamie February 6, 2012 at 9:22 am

Love it!! This is exactly the kind of cake we love to have for breakfast and snacking all day long. Great idea to add the yogurt and banana… Beautiful! Love the pics! xo

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Anh February 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

This is new to me! Love it!

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Baker Street February 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Lora! This is totally my kind of cake! It looks absolutely divine! Great to bake with you again. :)

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Junia February 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm

wow this cake is pretty healthy! i would love to try making this gluten free! thanks for the recipe lora. so glad you are a part of the lovebloghop. you are a gem. :) sending some #chocolatelove to u!

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Kiri W. February 6, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Gorgeous! :) I love ring cakes, most of the ones I grew up with were. And what beats chocolate chip? Mmm.

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Becky February 7, 2012 at 1:59 am

Lora,
This cake is wonderful with the chocolate chips, banana and yogurt, Can’t wait to try it. Perfect for #chocolatelove

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Eva {not your mama's dinner} February 7, 2012 at 9:07 am

This looks just perfect. So simple and elegant! Really love your photos too! You’re very talented! You have a new fan!

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Amber | Bluebonnets and Brownies February 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I’ve been staring at this cake on my phone for a few days now. I cannot wait to make it!

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Maria February 8, 2012 at 12:57 am

Love this cake!

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Reem | Simply Reem February 8, 2012 at 7:06 am

Gorgeous!!!1
What a perfect cake, trust me if I had been around it would have been all mine….
Love ur pics… Beautiful!!!

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Karriann February 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I can hear my tummy grumbling! Can I have a slice? ;)

“Happy Cooking”

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Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction February 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm

That cake looks fabulous!

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Cake February 9, 2012 at 2:15 am

Che bella ciambella! Mi manca l’Italia. Awesome chocolatelove!

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dudut February 9, 2012 at 7:42 am

this is very nice! i learned something new today, ciambella :)

great recipe you have here!

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Baking Addict February 11, 2012 at 11:20 pm

This looks delicious! I love bundt cakes and its always nice to learn about local variations. Sending you some #chocolatelove

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Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! February 16, 2012 at 7:57 am

This bread looks amazing! I love that there is banana and lemon in it, then sneaky lil’ chocolate chips. Yum!

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