Christmas Italian Recipe Italian Cake's


This Italian soft ricotta donut (ciambellone di ricotta) is a light dessert, with a delicate and very soft taste.

It is a simple and easy to prepare recipe, ricotta makes it an excellent nutritious and delicious sweet, ideal for breakfast with a nice cup of coffee and milk!

For this recipe, we recommend using ricotta in a tray, as it has a soft and creamy consistency, perfect for preparing desserts.




  • 8.81 oz of cow’s ricotta cheese;
  • ½ cup + 3 tbsp of granulated sugar;
  • 1 cups + ¼ cup of all purpose flour;
  • 2 eggs;
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp of butter (or 80 ml. of seed oil);
  • 1 packet of baking powder (1 teaspoon);
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract;
  • grated zest of 1/2 lemon



Preheat oven to 356 F.

First work the ricotta with the sugar until you get a soft cream, gradually add the softened butter, the eggs, the flour mixed with the baking powder , the lemon rind and the vanilla extract.

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Mix well until the mixture is smooth and homogeneous.

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Transfer the mixture into a buttered cake pan with the central hole and bake the cake for 35-40 minutes (depending on your oven).

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To check the cooking, after the 35 minutes, do the toothpick test to check its consistency.

Once cold, serve the soft ricotta donut (ciambellone). Sprinkle it with lots of icing sugar!

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