Pizza night is the one joyous night a week we dig into a thick, gooey pizza slice and embrace our inner child. So, when we saw this jaw-dropping pizza cake that combined our two loves in life--the savory delight of pizza and pillowy layers of dough--in one delectable dish, we had to share the details on how to make it! We were even more excited when we saw this recipe is quick, simple and can bring the whole family in on the action! Let's get cooking:
Start by finding a pan with tall sides, similar to a spring form pan. The bottom doesn’t need to be removable—and if all you have is a square pan, that works just as well--Sicilian pizza cake will satisfy any crust-haters you have in the room.
After you pick your pan, unroll your tubes of thawed pizza dough and press out in an even layer. Cut circles to fit the bottom of your pan. If you’re using a cake pan like the one above, your circles should be about 6 inches in diameter.
Lightly grease a baking sheet and place the cutouts on the pan. Bake for about 8 minutes, or until they're golden brown. Remove them from the pan and let them cool.
Cut a long, 1/2 inch strip of pizza dough from the remaining pizza dough. Set aside and roll out the rest of your dough.
Line the round pan you picked for the cake shape with parchment paper so that the parchment comes up and over the sides of the pan. Line the walls with pizza dough, but do not cover the bottom, carefully drape the 1/2-inch of pizza dough you cut over the outside edge of the pan. Take one of the cooked and cooled pizza dough circles and place it in the bottom of the pan.
Now, let your kiddos in on the action! Have them help you spread pizza sauce on the bottom crust, followed by a layer of pepperoni slices, and then a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese. Top this layer with another precooked pizza dough circle.
Repeat the process, until you’re at the top layer of your pizza cake. Finish your masterpiece by spreading pizza sauce, mozzarella, and then pepperoni for a traditional-looking top. Roll the 1/2-inch of dough you had hanging over the edge of the pan to create a crust.
Pop your pizza in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, until the sides are fully cooked. Peer in on your pizza to check the crust, if you notice the top becoming too dark while baking, use a strip of aluminum foil to cover it—this will keep the crust from charring!
Once your pizza is cooked to perfection, carefully remove it from the pan by pulling up on the parchment paper.
Before cutting, let the pizza cake cool for at least five minutes. Then use a sharp knife to start serving up slices like you would a cake.
Viola! You have now mastered Italian-French fusion by baking a heavenly pizza cake. Savor your success!
2 cans Pillsbury refridgerated classic pizza crust
1 1/2 cups pizza sauce
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup sliced pepperoni
1 tablespoon butter, to grease pan