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Colomba Muffins

Colomba Muffins

How to enjoy all the flavours of a traditional Italian Easter cake in a muffin form: Colomba Muffins!

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Manuela Zangara



  • 1 egg white
  • Sugar granella/Pearl sugar optional
  • Almonds
  • 40 gms – 1.5 oz. icing sugar
  • 30 gms – 1 oz. almond meal


  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil I use sunflower oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk plus more if the batter is too dense
  • 100 gms – 3.5 oz. mixed candied peel
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp lemon essence
  • 1 tsp orange essence



  1. Lightly beat the egg white.
  2. Add the icing sugar and almond meal and mix well. Keep aside.


  1. Put all the dry ingredients in a big bowl and mix them together.
  2. Put the vegetable oil, the milk, the essences and the egg in a measuring jar and whisk together.
  3. Pour the egg-oil-milk mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined. Make sure NOT to over mix your batter or your muffins will not be fluffy and light. It is ok if you see small lumps in the batter. Add a little extra milk if required.

  4. Fold in the mixed peel.
  5. Put the batter in a muffin pan. I use a silicone tray and I also line it with paper cups because I find it easier to take the muffins out of the tray without breaking them. Fill each paper cup at least to ¾. I usually fill them a little more, because I like my muffins “taller”.
  6. Bake in a pre heated fan forced oven at 180°C – 355°F for 10 minutes. Then take them out of the oven and carefully spoon the glaze over the tops. Sprinkle with sugar granella (if using) and almonds.
  7. Put them back in the oven and bake them for another 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through.
  8. When ready, take them out of the oven and let them cool down in the pan for a few minutes. Then carefully pull them out of the pan and put them on a rack to cool down completely.