Ciambella {Chocolate Ring Cake}

Sometimes you just NEED cake and you want one that is not fussy or fancy just fantastic. This Ciambella  {Italian for ring cake} is your answer. My poor tube pan has been quite neglected {probably because it was shoved into the back of my prop pantry out of sight} but when I spied it the other day I knew I’d be making this simple chocolate cake. I’m going to be putting the tube pan in with the other pans because I know I’ll be making variations of this again and soon.

Have I ever mentioned to you that I have a “THING” for pewter? Well I do, I have quite the collection of pewter ware. It’s not something I tuck away either. I use them all the time. They keep cold items cold and hot items piping hot. The only down side to pewter? You have to hand wash it…sigh. You should know by now that washing dishes is not up my alley but for pewter I’ll do it {not happily but I do it LOL} Which brings me to this FABU set of pewter measuring spoons.

I was tickled when the lovely  folks at Crosby & Taylor contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing a set. You know how long it took me to respond, ehem a whole second. You see, I spied this beauties on Mrs. Paula Deen’s show, and on several of my favorite blogs. I have been drooling over them ever since.

Now they proudly sit on my counter top and I’ve used them every day since. And yes, even to make this cake

EDITED TO ADD: CONTEST HAS ENDED. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR ENTRIES: WINNER IS #83 FUJI MAMA ! Congratulations. Please email to claim your schweet prize!

Would you like a few chances to WIN your own set?

Here are the specifics:

Vineyard Measuring Spoons with Pewter Display Post
Description: Bring the delight of the vineyard into your kitchen with these richly decorated pewter measuring spoons. Each short handle is styled as a curling grape vine and each pewter bowl is decorated with grapes and leaves. The pewter stand matches the spoons, with grapes and grape-leaf spilling over the base.

Dimensions: 5.5″ Tall and 3.0″ Wide
Care: Dishwasher Safe, Hand Wash Recommended

To ENTER to win this gorgeous set of Vineyard Pewter Measuring Spoons & Stand simply:

  1. Visit Crosby & Taylor’s SITE and tell us which item you like most.{bonus entries – you MUST leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry to count}
  2. Follow bell’alimento on TWITTER
  3. RT the Following “I just entered to win a set of Pewter Measuring Spoons from @bellalimento. Enter
  4. Like bell’alimento on FACEBOOK
  5. Follow bell’alimento on STUMBLE UPON and thumbs up this post
  6. Sign up for bell’alimento’s RSS or EMAIL subscription
  7. Follow Crosby & Taylor on TWITTER
  8. Like Crosby & Taylor on FACEBOOK

That’s 8 chances to win! Now for the legal schmegal: Contest is open to US & CANADIAN addresses {I apologize to our international readers} Contest is open until Monday September 5, 2011 at midnight EST. One lucky winner will be drawn by Winner will have 48 to claim prize or an alternate winner will be drawn.

In bocca al lupo!


Disclaimer: Crosby & Taylor have provided me with a set of pewter measuring spoons to review. They have also provided a set of pewter measuring spoons to be given away to one lucky bell’alimento reader. My opinions expressed in this post are mine, always have been always will be.

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Ciambella {Chocolate Ring Cake}
What you’ll need:
8 tablespoons unsalted butter – room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 eggs + 3 additional egg whites
pinch salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4cup  cocoa powder
6 tablespoons milk
confectioners sugar – to dust

What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a tube pan with cooking spray with flour. Set aside.

2. Add butter, sugar into the bowl of your mixer. Mix until well combined. Add: salt, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix together until well combined.

3. Into a bowl add: flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder. Whisk together to combine. GRADUALLY add flour mixture to mixing bowl. Mix until combined. Add milk. Mix until combined.

4. In a separate bowl, beat your egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Gently fold mixture into batter. Pour batter into prepared tube pan.

5. Bake for approximately 35-40 minutes OR until cake passes toothpick test.

6. Dust with confectioners sugar prior to serving.

Buon Appetito!


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    Those spoons are gorgeous! I’d never heard of Crosby & Taylor. Great stuff!
    And, of course, that cake looks fabulous. I’m amazed the recipe only calls for a 1/4 cup of cocoa. Very interesting!

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      Hi Jan! Thank you. This cake is just kissed with a hint of chocolate. If you like your cakes more chocolate-y you can add more : )

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    i like the heart measuring spoons (or just about anything else they have!)

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    HEY! I’ve seen Paula Deen use the measuring cups on her show. I remember thinking I loved the cool half dome shape of her measuring cup.
    I visited Crosby & Taylor and after a looong perusal I found my favorite item besides the Super Post Sets, the Petite Salt Pot – Bird. I loved it. The colors of the ceramic and the lovely pewter emblem on it! Thanks for the info and opportunity to win!

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    Wow, their products are gorgeous and each piece is an art work! I LOVE this Super Post Set – Fleur de Lys! I can imagine how beautiful it would be on my kitchen counter. Will make my whole kitchen more elegant too! Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway and introduce me to Crosby & Taylor’s site.

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    First of all, your cake looks absolutely delicious.

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