RECIPE: Donizetti Cake

The Donizetti Cake is a typical dessert from the city of Bergamo. This dessert was born in 1948 to celebrate the centenary of death of the famous Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. The renowned pastry chef Angelo Balzar created this dessert and dedicated it to the memory of the illustrious composer. The success of this cake was great, and its recipe spread to all the pastry shops in Bergamo.

A more romantic legend tells that this delicious cake was created by the chef, a close friend of Donizetti, to alleviate his love pain. Gaetano Donizetti (29 November 1797 – 8 April 1848) was an Italian composer among the most famous Italian opera artists of the 19th century, best known for his almost 70 operas.

Buon appetito!

Donizetti cake

RECIPE: Donizetti Cake

  • Author: Daniela Pasini



250 gr of butter

110 gr of flour

110 gr of starch flour

140 gr of sugar

8 yolks

4 whipped egg whites

110 gr of dehydrated apricots

110 gr of dehydrated pineapple

50 gr of Maraschino liqueur

10 gr of baking powder

Icing sugar to decorate


Put the butter in pieces and the sugar in a bowl.

Work everything well, it should become like a cream.

Add the 8 yolks and mix well.

Add the flour, the starch flour, the baking powder, and the Maraschino liqueur.

Mix very well to obtain a homogeneous mixture.

Whip the egg whites until stiff and add them, slowly, to the mixture.

Add the pineapple and the dehydrated and chopped apricots and mix everything together delicately.

Butter and flour a donut mold and pour the mixture into it.

Bake it at 180°C for about 50 minutes.

When it is ready, remove it from the oven, let it cool and then turn it out onto a serving plate.

Spring it with icing sugar.

The Donizetti cake is ready.

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  • Domenic Romano
    October 3, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    Absolutely delicious 😋 👏👏👏

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