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POSTED APR 10, 2022

What is Colomba?

An Italian Easter celebration staple is colomba, a soft and sweet dove-shaped sponge cake. In Italy, the dove is symbolic of the Holy Spirit, peace and the arrival of springtime.


History of Colomba

There are multiple tales about the origins of this unofficial national Easter cake. The first states that colomba dates back to 1176, commemorating the Lombardian victory over the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick Barbarossa. According to the tale, two doves representing the Holy Spirit appeared miraculously on the battlefield. Another version dates back to 572 when King Alboin conquered Pavia after a three-year siege and demanded tribute. A maiden created a sweet bread in the shape of a dove to symbolize peace and, according the story, King Alboin was so impressed with the cake that he set her free and made Pavia his capital.

Authentic Italian Recipe

Today, colomba is exported all over the world and represents a production of excellence in Italian pastry making. Made with flour, eggs, butter, sugar, candied fruit and yeast, this cake must rise three separate times during preparation. Although there are many variations of colomba today, the authentic recipe is baked in a dove-shaped mold then topped with icing and roasted almonds. Rich and fluffy on its own, colomba can be served with fresh berries, chocolate, or paired with whipped cream. It can be enjoyed at breakfast with coffee, as an afternoon snack, or for dessert with a glass of Prosecco or dessert wine.

Ferrara Colomba

Available in Two Flavors


Traditional Colomba

Ferrara Traditional Colomba is baked with a hint of candied fruits and delicately topped with icing and roasted almonds.


Chocolate Colomba

Ferrara Chocolate Colomba is filled with a rich chocolate cream and topped with a crunchy cocoa icing.