It made waves across the web. A cake that was a pizza. Five layers of delicious cheesy pizza. No, this wasn’t a cake of the sugary variety. It was straight up five layers of pizza! If you haven’t already, watch Stacey take on this mythical pizza cake in the Stacey vs. Pinterest episode above. Keep reading to get all of the details on this baking challenge.
Which Recipe did we Use
It wasn’t hard deciding which recipe Stacey would take on for this Stacey vs. Pinterest challenge. As soon as this cake popped up in the Pinterest feed we were at the store stocking up on ingredients! While there are a few pizza cake recipes floating around on Pinterest, we decided to go with the Pillsbury recipe simply for the ease of using pre-made dough. While you can use whatever toppings you want, we decided to stick with the classic cheesy pepperoni.
The Cake Pan
The most challenging part of this recipe is actually fining a cake pan to use. We tried to find one similar in size to the one used in the Pillsbury recipe. Unfortunately we could not find anything close to a 6 inch round by 4 inch deep cake pan. We ended up grabbing this 9 1/2 inch by 3 3/4 inch spring form cake pan on amazon. This made for a much larger pizza cake than the one made by Pillsbury. This leads me to my next point:
Ingredients amounts will vary depending on size of the cake pan used…
You can really use any deep dish baking pan. It doesn’t even have to be round. You will need to keep the size of the cake pan you use in mind when gathering up all of your ingredients. The Pillsbury recipe calls for 2-3 cans of Pillsbury Pizza Crust which worked perfectly with their 6 inch round by 4 inch deep cake pan. For our larger pan, we ended up using 5 cans of the Pillsbury Pizza Crust! We did, however, have a lot a dough leftover. To save time, we collected the excess dough from each step in the preparation process and set it aside. We certainly could have kneaded it and rolled it out to use for other elements of the pizza, but, we’re lazy, so we saved it and made some delicious calzones with the leftovers the next day.
We also used more mozzarella cheese than the original recipe called for. We loaded the pizza with about 5 cups of cheese. As for the marinara, we used about half a jar a Classico Four Cheese and half a pack of pepperoni.
A few more tips for a hassle free pizza cake
- We want to highly recommend the use of a spring form cake pan! If you use the spring form, you won’t need to use the parchment paper called for in the recipe. We sprayed some Baker’s Joy cooking spray in the pan to keep the dough from sticking and had no issues removing the pizza from the pan when it was finished. The spring form pan made it very easy!
- Once the pizza cake is finished baking, you’ll want to let it cool for several minutes so it doesn’t sink down and get deformed from the molten mozzarella cheese.
- The top of the pizza will probably cook before the crust on the side is done. Grab some foil or a pie crust shield to cover the crust at the top and prevent it from burning. Don’t cover the entire top of the pizza with foil unless you want a steamed pizza!
- When you measure out the dough for the side of the cake pan you want it to match the circumference of the pan and a half inch deeper than the depth of the pan. Our pan was so big it took 2 cans of pizza dough to make.
- In case you were wondering, our 9 1/2 by 3 3/4 inch pizza cake generously fed 6 people. You could easily stretch that out to feed 7 or 8 people!
You can find the full Pillsbury Pizza Cake recipe here: