Italian Colomba Cake, also known as Colomba di Pasqua or Italian Dove cake, is a
traditional Easter cake that is popular throughout Italy. The cake is shaped like a
dove, which symbolizes peace, and is made with a rich, sweet dough that is similar
to panettone. The dough is studded with candied orange peel and sometimes
almonds, and it is then topped with a sugary glaze and more almonds. Colomba is a
deliciously sweet and decadent treat that is perfect for sharing with family and friends
during the Easter season.
A Little History of the Italian Colomba Cake
The history of Italian Colomba Cake dates back to the 1930s when the Italian baking
company Motta first introduced it. The cake was created as a variation of the popular
Christmas bread, panettone. The Colomba Cake quickly became a staple of Easter
celebrations in Italy, and it has since spread to many other countries around the
The Recipe for Italian Colomba Cake
The recipe for Italian Colomba Cake is similar to that of panettone, but with a few key
differences. The dough is made with flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and yeast, and it is
flavoured with vanilla and grated lemon zest. Candied orange peel is then added to
the dough and sometimes raisins and almonds, and it is left to rise for several hours.
After the dough has risen, it is shaped into the form of a dove, which is then placed
in a special paper mould that is shaped like a dove. The cake is then left to rise
again before being baked in the oven. Once the cake is baked, it is removed from
the mould and topped with a sugary glaze and more almonds.
Serving Italian Colomba Cake
Italian Colomba Cake is typically served at Easter, either as a dessert after a meal or
as a snack throughout the day. It is often served with a glass of sweet wine, such as
Vin Santo or Asti Spumante. Colomba is also a popular gift during the Easter
season, and it is often given to friends and family members as a symbol of peace
and goodwill. Our family loves it sliced, toasted and lathered in butter for breakfast!
Italian Colomba Cake is a delicious Easter tradition that has been enjoyed in Italy for
decades. Its sweet, decadent flavour and unique dove shape make it a much loved
dessert throughout the world. If you are looking to add a special touch to your Easter
celebrations, consider making or gifting an Italian Colomba Cake. Find them on the Vorrei website in the Easter Section and choose from classic or chocolate chip!