Colomba Cake is a delicious sweet treat to share with the family this Easter!
Serving this Italian Easter cake is a tradition in Italy and is a great way to welcome spring.
With candied citrus and crunchy nuts, this light and fluffy cake is similar to my favorite panettone that I serve around the holidays.
Shaped like a dove, this artisanal cake is unique and delicious plus it’s easy to serve for Easter brunch or give as a hostess gift.
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Nudo sent me this Colomba Cake although I don’t see them for sale anywhere online. Keep your eyes out in specialty stores.
This post was originally posted March 21, 2013. The post has been updated to include better shopping info and more descriptive product information.
What is Colomba Cake
Colomba Cake is delicious! I am obsessed with the Italian Christmas cake called panettone, and Colomba is the Easter version.
Although it’s called a cake, this is more of a sweet bread made with yeast. It is dotted with candied citrus and a variety of nuts. And although it looks and feels dense, it’s actually very light and fluffy when you take a bite.
This Italian Easter cake is served traditionally at the end of brunch. But in my family, it’s put out first!
How to Serve Italian Easter Cake
Store-bought Colomba Cake is wrapped to keep it fresh. Simply unwrap and place on a platter, and you’re ready to dig in.
If you want to jazz it up a little and make it feel a little more special, you can cut it into slices and toast it in the broiler. Topped with some salty butter, you’ve got a yummy, bready bite that is full of flavor.
Or serve it like pound cake with fresh berries and whipped cream. Colomba is also a great vehicle for chocolate sauce and fruity jams and spreads.
It is mostly served with sweet toppings, but might also be good with creamy cheeses.
The word “colomba” means dove in Italian. And the cake is supposedly shaped like a dove (although I wouldn’t have made that connection on my own) to symbolize peace and renewal for spring.
Do you change up your Easter menu each year? My family likes to try new recipes but I also like to have a few easy, store-bought items to round out the menu.
It allows the guests to nibble on something while we’re waiting for everything to be done and doesn’t require any extra work.
You can make Colomba Cake, but I’m just not that adventurous. You can take a look at this Colomba Cake recipe and decide if you want to give it a shot.
They even sell “dove” shaped baking pans on Amazon so they have the right shape.
Italian Colomba Cake is rather impressive to look at with it’s white sugar sprinkles. It’s sure to get the crowd talking when you debut it at Easter brunch.
Often they come packaged in a gorgeous way. It looks like a gift and would be perfect to take with you if celebrating Easter at someone else’s home. It’s a fun and unique idea for a hostess gift.
Where can I buy Colomba Cake
Easter Colomba Cake is not as popular as panettone so it can be challenging to find!
Amazon has one Colomba option.
The best place to buy Colomba Cake, though, seems to be Eataly. Here are a few varieties that they have:
- Peach Chocolate Amaretti
- Pear and Chocolate
Be sure to plan ahead so you can order it and allow for delivery time.
Looking for more Easter brunch ideas for your family celebration? Pick up a Colomba Cake and then check out these Easter posts:
- Cute Easter Cakes – This list of 35 Easter Cakes are great for brunch or any other family gettogether you have that day. From fruity desserts to cute recipes with bunnies, there is something on this list to please every sweet tooth.
- Easter Brunch Recipes – Don’t have your menu planned? Check out these delicious Easter brunch recipes that will make your brunch the tastiest one yet. With over 75 recipes, you’ll get ideas for main dishes and even side dishes!
- Monte Cristo Roll Ups – A fun twist on a classic recipe, these sweet and savory Monte Cristo Roll-Ups are an easy dish to make for your family celebration! The ham and cheese are paired with sweet raspberry jam then rolled up in Hawaiian bread and sprinkled with powdered sugar. YUM!
- Panoramic Sugar Eggs – While these Panoramic Sugar Easter Eggs aren’t totally edible, you should definitely make some to decorate your brunch table! They’re a fun family tradition with, molded sugar and miniature scenes, that your kids will love!
Try out a Colomba Cake this Easter! You’ll love the hint of citrus and the light and fluffy texture!