Who doesn’t love Pizza! It’s the perfect, never let you down kind of meal that you can always customize to your taste – just like cake. So you know I couldn’t resist the chance to turn my favourite vanilla cake recipe into a pizza cake! Using a vanilla cake base, a raspberry buttercream sauce, toasty fondant crust, modeling chocolate cheese and a variety of fruit snacks and candy toppings I am going to make my very first pizza cake. Come and get it while it’s hot!
Let's Make A Pizza Cake!
Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:
1 x 4lb portion of vanilla cake - find my recipe here
Creating the Perfect Pizza Base
We're going to take my favourite vanilla cake recipe, that you see me use all the time on How To Cake It (don't forget to subscribe!), and prepare it JUST like a real pizza. Line your pizza pan with a circle of parchment paper, and grease around the edge liberally. Pour your vanilla cake batter into the pan, and spread it evenly around the pan using a small offset spatula. Bake the pizza cake at 350º for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Making a Toasty Fondant Pizza Crust
Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:
Once your cake has cooled completely, use a serrated knife to skim away the top caramelized crust of the cake. I marked a 1“ border all around the top edge, where the pizza crust would lay, and skimmed the cake away from within that border. I used a 14” round cake pan to help mark my border, but you can do it free hand as well.
Time to dye some fondant! Colour your white fondant with Wilton Ivory Icing Colour until you have reached the perfect crust colour. You may like your crust a little more well done than I do, so keep going until you get it just the way you like it :)
Measure the perimeter of your pizza and divide that number in half. Now divide your fondant in half, and roll one half into a tube using the palms of your hand. Once your fondant is long enough to cover halfway around your pizza cake, press it down with your fingers. It does not need to be perfectly smooth, in fact, it will look more realistic if it is not.
Brush a little piping gel around the edge of your pizza cake. Place your long strip of fondant along that edge, pressing down and wrapping it under the lip of the pan as well. Repeat this process for the other half of your pizza cake. Press the fondant down with your fingers to create little dimples and smooth out your two seams. You want this to look like pizza dough, so don’t use a fondant smoother and try to make it look perfect! It should look natural. Hey! What a perfect excuse to order a pizza – you need a model, and a snack.
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We're not done yet. This pizza crust needs to be browned to perfection. Set your pizza cake onto a cake pan to raise it off your table top. You will also need to protect your cake from burning. I laid my 14” round cake pan on top of my exposed vanilla cake. If you don’t have one, I suggest covering your cake with a smaller cake pan, or pie dish, or bowl, as long as it is stainless steel. Just move it around to cover your cake as you go. Be careful, it will retain heat- so use oven mitts.
Turn your brûlée torch on to a medium flame and caramelize your fondant. Yes, you heard right, toast your fondant like a marshmallow. Be careful not to hold your brûlée torch too close to your fondant. Fondant has a very high sugar content and will burn easily. Better to be safe than sorry, so take your time and brown the fondant slowly. Take a small paring knife and scrape away any burned vanilla cake.
Time to Make Your Creamy Sauce & Favourite Pizza Toppings!
Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:
Simple Syrup - find my recipe here
1 x 350g jar Smuckers Seedless Raspberry jam - http://bit.ly/1M6JI2x
1 x recipe Italian Meringue Buttercream - find my recipe here
1 x recipe modeling chocolate – get this here – *please note that I halved the recipe. Use 6oz of white chocolate, and ¼ cup of clear corn syrup. Made ahead to allow to set overnight.
I believe there are a few key elements to a good pizza. One of them is the sauce. To make your pizza sauce, begin by measuring out about a half a cup of buttercream. Dye the buttercream a very deep red using Wilton Red No Taste Icing Colour. Slowly whisk your jam and red buttercream together. You may skip this step if you wish. I decided to add some red buttercream to my jam because I wanted it to become more opaque, like pizza sauce. But plain raspberry jam will taste divine as well. If you feel like your sauce still isn’t red enough, as I did, add more red colour. Spread your sauce onto your pizza cake using a small offset spatula.
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This pizza cake needs some cheese! Your modeling chocolate is now nicely set, and ready to grate. It will grate exactly like cheese, but if you live in a hot climate, you may need to chill your modeling chocolate if it feels soft. Grate as much cheese as you like, and sprinkle it over your sauce. Set your brûlée torch to a low flame, and slowly heat your modeling chocolate until it looks like melted cheese.
I decide to top my pizza with the sweet versions of pepperoni, bacon, black olives and green peppers. For the pepperoni, I simply used a circle cutter to cut disks out of my fruit strips. The strips I used were a little thick, so I chose to thin them out a little with a rolling pin. If the brand you use is thin enough, then go ahead and cut.
Slice your green wine gums into thin slices to resemble green peppers. Here’s a little tip: rub a little vegetable oil or shortening onto your knife blade if you find the candies sticking. Makes your job a little easier.
The fruit twists I found really resembled bacon. I simply cut each one into four pieces by cutting the twist both horizontally and vertically.
For the black licorice, I used a sharp chef’s knife to cut slices, and then cut out an inner circle with my #12 round piping tip.
Have fun topping your pizza cake! Place your sweet pepperoni, bacon, black olives and green peppers on top of your white chocolate cheese. Arrange the toppings however you usually like them. Maybe you only like olives on half- you can’t go wrong. ;)
Grate a little more modeling chocolate over your toppings, not too much, you don’t want to hide them. Time to get out your brûlée torch again! Set your torch to a low flame, and gently move it over your cheese. You want the modeling chocolate to begin to glisten and soften, but you don’t want to brown it too much.
For a final touch, I grated a bit of plain white chocolate over the whole pizza cake to resemble Parmigianino cheese. My favourite part about this pizza cake was cutting it with a pizza wheel! This cake is as fun to eat as it is to make. It's also a great cake recipe for a pizza party! Make the vanilla cake pizza and fondant crust before your guests arrive, and then let them pick their own toppings and decorate with their favourites. That’s Amore. ;)