A hot trend in cake decorating right now is creating a cake that mimics something from everyday life. Food shaped cakes are some of the most popular.
My brother-in-law, Joe, just celebrated a birthday… and what better excuse to bake a cake than for a birthday! Joe, like everyone else in my family, has a love for great food. He and my sister have traveled and ate their way around the globe. However when it comes down to the basics, pizza is his go to food. With that information in hand, I decided a pizza cake was the best bet for him. This was a fun cake to make simply because…who doesn’t like pizza?
I started with size and shape. I knew the cake would be round, but how just how big of a round? I opted for a 12” round not because there were going to be a ton of guests, but because I thought it would be the most realistic size for a pizza shaped cake.
Cake baked, cooled, and sliced; I needed to get busy with my plan for decorating the cake to look like a pizza. It had to look realistic. So I started with the obvious…crust first. In order to give the cake a great crust, I piped a very thick wavy line of buttercream all around the edge of the cake. After the buttercream was piped, I placed it into the fridge to set up while I worked on the fondant.
I have been making my own marshmallow fondant for some time now and find that it works well for me. Plus, the cost of making your own fondant compared to purchasing fondant is like night and day. Not to mention, marshmallow fondant tastes much better than “regular” fondant – which is normally inedible.
Once the fondant was rolled, I brought the cake out and went to work covering it. The crust of a pizza is a multitude of colors and shades. To give my pizza cake this illusion, I watered down some brown gel food coloring and started sponging it on with a crumpled paper towel. The crust ended up turning out great; it looked just like a Papa John’s pizza crust.
Sauce was my next task. I chose strawberry preserves to which I added a dash of red food coloring. I spread the “pizza sauce” edge to edge.
On to the cheese – most people’s favorite part! I have seen cheese done several different ways, my way was to melt white chocolate and drizzle it in a caddywampous pattern over the top. Then, it was back to the fridge to set up.
Now on to the toppings! So many to choose from, where do I start? Of course I chose pepperoni, the classic pizza accompaniment. Since Joe is a meat lover, chunks of sausage made sense. I added black olives for their round shape and unique color. And finally, green pepper, to add a hint of green which rounded out the overall look.
All toppings where made out of marshmallow fondant and then hand painted with gel food coloring. A more random arrangement worked best when it came to the toppings. The end result was a super realistic pizza cake which everyone adored.