Torta di Pasqua

Easter cake, Italian-style   Our original home cooking

My Easter cake is an alternative to the Colomba cake, well known all over the world as the classic Italian cake for Easter. First of all my shape is different because I prefer the classic structure of a ring as you see in the picture that also allows me to garnish it as I wish. And then I'm free to choose the ingredients and sugar dosage I prefer. My recipe is quite long because it requires several risings and therefore time and patience as well as some practice in making dough.

leavened sweet cake garnished with chocolate and sugar eggs for Easter table
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Easter cake, Italian-style

Ingredients / Serves 12

  • 620g ( 1 1/3 pound) all-purpose flour
  • 160g (5.6 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 200g (7 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 50ml (1 2/3 fluid ounce) milk
  • 1 organic orange zest
  • 1 organic lemon zest
  • 25g (1 ounce) fresh yeast
  • 1 teaspoon powdered vanilla
  • 150g (5 1/3 ounces) candied orange peel, cubed
  • 30g (1 ounce) peeled almonds
  • 2 tablespoons decorating sugar (coarse sugar)
  • Time:
    preparation: 60 minutes
    plus leavening time
    cooking: 30 minutes
    total: 1 h 30 minutes
  • Difficulty:
    difficult recipe
  • How many calories in a serving?
    Calories: 443 (kcal) 23 % GDA (*)- 1855 (kJ)
    Protein: 8.9 (g) 18 % GDA
    Total fat: 17.3 (g) 25 % GDA
    Total carbohydrate: 66.4 (g) 25 % GDA
    Sugars: 27.3 (g) 31 % GDA

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Italian Easter cake recipe

Preparation and cooking

  • - Begin with the first rising.
    Melt fresh yeast in 50 ml warm milk and then add it together with 120g (4 1/4 ounces) all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon sugar in a bowl.
    Amalgamate all ingredients up to a soft dough.
    Flour your dough and bowl.
    Cover with a napkin and let your dough double. Required time: 60 to 90 minutes.
  • - At this point put remaining sugar, 400g(14 ounces) all-purpose flour, 3 eggs, powdered vanilla, lemon and orange zest and 150g (5 1/3 ounces) softened butter on the work surface.
    Knead all your ingredients up to a homogeneous dough.
    Flatten your new dough on a work surface and then incorporate your risen dough.
    Knead well for long time to incorporate your two doughs or until you feel some bubbles forming under your fingers.
    Shape your final dough to a ball.
    Flour work surface and your dough.
    Cover with a napkin and let it rise, a couple of hours.
  • - Then take again your dough and stir in the remaining flour and butter, after softening, and candied orange peel too.
    Knead again hard for a long time and then shape your dough into a big cylinder.
    Close its ends and arrange inside a silicone pudding mold after flouring it.
    If you have another type of pudding mold you have to grease it, obviously.
  • - Beat the fourth egg and brush it on cake surface.
    Arrange almonds and coarse sugar on its surface.
    Let your cake rise another time until it doubles in size, a couple of hours.
  • - Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
    Bake until its surface is golden, about 25 minutes.
    Don't open your oven during cooking.

Just before serving

  • - Let your cake cool completely before removing it from its mold.
    Garnish your Easter cake according your taste and fancy.
    Look at the photo for more details



  • - The main problem for a correct rising is temperature and Easter comes when even the radiators work for a smaller number of hours at home. Then be careful to have an ideal temperature and do not expose your dough to air currents. You could put your cake to rise in the oven with just the pilot light lit.
  • - You can see an idea to garnish this cake for Easter in our photo: chocolate and colored sugar eggs are arranged all around and in the central well.
  • - In any case this is a delicious sweet you can prepare in winter and early spring when oranges are in season.
  • - You can preserve this cake for three days at room temperature, wrapped in cling film.

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Healthy eating

  • - This Easter cake isn't certainly a low-calorie recipe ;)) In fact ... calories, fat and sugar are very high.
    Note also its portions are not big.
    I continue saying that cakes should be eaten sparingly because they are too rich in fat, calories and first of all sugars. You can think of holidays and special occasions as exceptions. Unless you have very serious problems of various dismetabolic diseases (diabetes, dyslipidemia ...) and then, in that case, the focus must always be placed.
  • - Fiber per serving: 1.7 grams (daily intake is 23 grams).


What's the right wine for " Easter cake, Italian-style "?

I suggest you sweet bubbles or Italian arancino (orange-flavored liqueur).