The Pizza Cake

Maybe you’ve seen the buzz going around about “The Pizza Cake“?

Well friends, that pizza cake that is making it’s rounds came from my little kitchen. Yes sir, it’s my latest recipe for Pillsbury, and it’s sweeping the nation!

THEE Pizza Cake! Layers upon layers of delicious pizza made in less than an hour!


I can’t take all the credit of course, my friends at Pillsbury and I did find inspiration from the what we believe to be the original pizza cake, and I just had to make it our own.

What makes this Pizza Cake extra special is the fact that it’s ready to devour in just about an hour thanks to the awesome Pillsbury Pizza Dough!

My kids and I had a blast making this pizza, and we all held our breath as we took the pizza cake out of the pan. Then there was a moment of silence as we cut the first slice… followed by all sorts of ooooo’s and awwww’s.

THEE Pizza Cake! Layers upon layers of delicious pizza made in less than an hour!

In just a few short days this Pizza Cake has been featured on BuzzFeed, TMZ (what?!), and NPR (my husband thinks I’m cool now). I even saw Larry The Cable Guy share a picture of it on his Facebook Page!

Luckily for you I’ve broken down the step-by-step process with PICTURES on how to quickly and easily assemble this pizza cake.

YES, the inside is fully cooked.

YES, the cheese is really melted in the middle (Use real mozzarella and shred it yourself, this will make the difference between melted cheese and non-melted cheese in the center)

YES, this is the most outrageous way to eat a pizza… but it’s just SO. AWESOME.

THEE Pizza Cake! Layers upon layers of delicious pizza made in less than an hour!

You’ll definitely want to eat this with a fork, with several napkins nearby. 😉

I created this popular recipe for Pillsbury, and you can find the step-by-step photos RIGHT HERE.

Or skip ahead to the FULL RECIPE HERE.

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Pizza Cake

The Pizza Cake is layers and layers of delicious pizza and you've got to try it!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 460 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 2 refrigerated classic pizza crust, cans Pillsbury™
  • 1 1/2 cups organic pizza sauce, from 15-oz can
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, Muir Glen™,12 oz
  • 1 cup sliced pepperoni
  • 1 tablespoon butter, if desired


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Measure diameter of tall-sided ovenproof pan. (Pan used was 6-inch in diameter with 4-inch high side.) Unroll 1 can of dough onto work surface; press out into thin layer. Cut out 3 (6-inch) rounds; place on cookie sheet. Bake 8 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack; cool.
  • Unroll remaining can of dough; cut 2 additional (6-inch) rounds from long edge of dough, leaving opposite side untouched. Place rounds on cooled cookie sheet. Bake 8 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet; cool.
  • Meanwhile, line pan with cooking parchment paper so that ends of paper stick up and out of pan. Cut long strip of dough at least 1/2 inch wider than height of pan. Carefully drape long strip of dough around inside edge of pan to line, leaving 1/2 inch hanging over outside edge of pan and bottom of pan open. Pinch seam to seal.
  • Carefully place 1 partially baked crust round in bottom of pan. Spread pizza sauce over crust; top with pepperoni slices and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese (when cheese melts, crust above will stick to it). Repeat to make 3 more layers. For top layer, place last crust over cheese; sprinkle with remaining cheese and arrange remaining pepperoni on top.
  • Fold overhanging dough over top layer of pizza cake to make a raised crust edge.
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until dough around pizza cake is fully cooked. (To test, carefully pull up parchment paper to raise pizza cake out of pan.) Once completely baked, cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove pizza cake from pan; brush crust with butter. Use sharp knife to cut slices like you would a cake.


Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 1472mg | Potassium: 223mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 527IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 221mg | Iron: 4mg
Keywords: dough, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, pizza
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
68 Responses
    1. Shawn

      Hi Ally, I think the pizza cake would taste best when fresh, but I think could also work being made ahead of time and reheated in the oven. Just reheat at 350 degrees until heated through.

  1. Jessica

    I love all of your site and especially this recipe! I made last year for my fiance’s birthday and I still can’t get over how ridiculously amazing it was!! Thank you! Love from Greece

  2. Carmen

    Hi! My husband was very skeptical when I told him that I was making a pizza cake for dinner. I also admit that I was worried that this might be a “pinterest fail.” But, our pizza cake was delicious. And the recipe is very forgiving–although we didn’t get perfect circles for the layers, the end result still very much looked like a cake. Thanks for a great recipe. 🙂

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  5. Evgenia

    I love all of your site aand especially this recipe! I made last year for my fiance’s birthday and I still can’t get over how ridiculously amazing it was!! Thank you! Love from Greece!

  6. Jeanette Dahler

    Don’t take credit too fast for this “pizza cake” recipe. This ingredient list/recipe may be yours, however the concept of this stuffed pizza was made famous at The Upper Crust Pizza and JD Double Crust Pizza restaurants that were popular from Texas to Georgia in the mid 80s to 90s.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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