Christmas Marbled Ciambella


5 more sleeps… If the Christmas spirit is abundant in your house as it is in mine, you are probably busy in the kitchen baking cookies, getting high on ginger and nutmeg and humming carols on repeat.

It is no mystery that this is a time of the year I cherish and hold dear. I believe in the magic of Christmas, in the mystical power of the nativity story and I am known to spot Santa’s elves in every corner, helping the old fella compiling his “naughty or nice list”.

I do know for a fact that a sure way to fast track a prime spot in the “nice” list is by baking Christmas treats, so if you need inspiration, this cake is for you. It’s a rich Italian ciambella (bundt cake) infused with the classic spices that characterize baked good this time of the year, and is sure to be a hit amongst humans and elves alike…


5 eggs

1+1/4 cup of brown sugar

3 tablespoons of thick Greek Yogurt

70 ml of olive oil or grape seed oil

1+1/2 cup of self raising flour (or all purpose flour mixed with 1 tablespoon of baking powder)

3/4 almond meal (ground almonds)

1/4 cup of milk

1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon of allspice

1 teaspoon of mace

1-1/2 tablespoons of Dutch cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

2 tablespoons of Frangelico or Marsala Wine


Preheat your oven to 170 C/340 F and grease a flour a bundt tin.

Beat the eggs with sugar until pale and fluffy. Add oil and yogurt and mix well. Add flour, almond meal, spices and milk and mix to combine. Divide the batter into two bowls. Mix one with the cocoa and Frangelico (or Marsala).

Pour the pale batter in the tin, then pour in the cocoa one and use a chopstick to swirl it though. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until  skewer comes out clean if inserted into the centre of the cake. Cool in the tin completely before turning out.



Merry Christmas!

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. Robyn Gibbons says:

    Hi Silvia
    Recipe looks wonderful, but the ingredient list seems to be missing the cocoa and frangelico?
    Kind regards

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Karen Rojahn says:

    What spices did you use???? Recipe looks divine.

    1. Thank you. Spices are in recipe ingredient list

  3. Cecelia Weeks says:

    Sounds delicious! How much Frangelico do you use?

    1. 1-2 tablespoons, according to your liking

  4. Robin Price says:

    Looks delicious. A piccolo omission. What spices, how much milk? Would love to make it.

    Buon natale


    1. Check recipe again. All fixed

  5. Maria Perri says:

    Hi Silvia,

    How much milk do you use
    and what are the spices ?
    Thank you

    1. Check recipe again. All

  6. Looks fantastic! I’m going to make this right now for our Christmas morning tea for tomorrow for our pharmacy to share. Thank you!
    How much cocoa would you add for the chocolate?
    Have a wonderful Christmas to you & your families!
    We make a lot of your delicious recipes. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Love the Spelt ciabatta & make this regularly!
    from Adelaide Australia

    1. Did you make it? Did it turn out ok?

      1. Yes, straight after receiving the recipe. The girls at work loved the cake. Very moist & yummy. The other half of the cake was left for my husband & myself to have with our coffee later that day & even some left over for any guests that popped in. It didn’t last long though. Another excuse to whip up another cake!
        It was better than the recipe my mum used to make.
        Love baking from scratch & very rewarding.
        Wouldn’t have it any other way.
        Thank you so much!
        All the best for the New Year & looking forward to sharing more recipes.
        Yvonne 🙂

      2. So glad to hear it! Happy baking!

  7. Bev Solomon says:

    Hi There

    Please help me. The Ciambella recipe is missing some ingredients, ie milk, spices etc

    Please can you let me have the full recipe

    Many thanks and Merry Xmas

    Bev Solomon

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Check again, all fixed!

  8. Looks delicious. Lot’s of baking going on in this household too. I love this special time of year. No matter how hectic it is, there is always time to create some Christmas goodies for loved ones. Buon Natale Silvia 🙂

  9. Angela says:

    On the almonds, 3/4 cup? There is no specification on type of measurement.

    1. I’m sorry, I’m not sure I understand you question. If you use a measuring cup as measurement , then you should be ok

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