Plumcake with surprise, the easy recipe – Italian Cuisine

We asked the award-winning pastry chef Franco Aliberti to share his easiest recipe: here is a delicious chocolate and pear plumcake for you

With a fragrant and delicate scent, high and soft in appearance, the plum cake it is the dessert suitable for all hours and perfect all year round. Its basic recipe lends itself to different delicious variations according to the seasons and tastes. Of British origin (literally "plum cake"), the plum cake is the easily recognizable leavened cake due to its parallelepiped shape given by the use of classic box molds. Sweet morning cuddle to accompany breakfast, served already sliced ​​for afternoon tea, elegant dessert at the end of the meal completed with a cream or sauce, the plumcake conquers the taste and sight of young and old.

The award-winning Pastry Chef Franco Aliberti proposes a lively version of the recipe with his "Plumcake with surprise". Here is the easy and fun recipe to make at home… just like a chef!

Plumcake with surprise

2 eggs
3 pears Conference
105 gr flour 00
90 gr sugar
75 gr yogurt
45 gr oil
15 gr cocoa
7 gr baking powder
25 gr milk


Wash the pears, place them in a pot and cover with cold water.

Cook for 15 minutes, drain and let cool.

Mix the eggs with the sugar using a whisk (they do not need to be whipped).

Add the oil, milk and yogurt.

Mix well, then add the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder sifted together.

Stir until you get a homogeneous mixture.

Pour the mixture into a 20 cm long loaf pan.

Place the cooked pears in the center after having deprived them of the rounded part.

Bake at 180 degrees for 35 minutes.

Let it cool before unmolding.

What awards has chef Aliberti won?

2010: Best Pastry Chef Award for the Identità Golose Guide
2011: Guide to Italian Restaurants by Il Sole 24 Ore
2012: Best Under 30 Chef Award from the Identità Golose Guide.
2019: Award for Best Table in Milan during the Golosaria event. Food & Travel Italia Awards 2019 nominated as emerging Chef of the year for his environmentally conscious and eco-sustainable cuisine. For the same reason, it receives the Weekend Premium 2019 award. Best dessert table in the Milan 2019 guide 100. Award for Gastronomic Education and Culture awarded by FoodCommunity in 2019.
2020: Within the 2020 Michelin guide, the Tre Cristi Milano restaurant is mentioned only after just one year as Quality Cuisine.

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