Colomba pasquale or colomba di Pasqua is an Italian traditional Easter cake, the counterpart of the two well-known Italian Christmas desserts, panettone and pandoro.Topping it off is a baked-on almond icing that is applied before baking, giving it a sweet, crisp crust.
The bread dough starts with a sponge that must rest overnight and then the dough requires two rising times. Traditional colombas are baked in
dove-shaped paper molds. These molds can be difficult to find, in which case the dough may be baked in loaf pans or a dove-shaped cake pan.