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       If you are just joining me now, last week was my birthday. Don’t worry, I’m not here to make a big deal out of it. I am not one of those people spend an entire month celebrating their bday. Um, a week is too much already. It is called birthDAY- not birthMONTH or birthWEEK, dummy.

       It’s like people who celebrate 2 month or 6 month anniversaries.

          If you need an excuse to get a nice steak dinner, get blasted, and go to a bar with friends then you should just use this special little holiday I made up. It’s called, “Happy Go Get a Steak Dinner, Get Blasted, and Go to a Bar with Friends Day!” The best part, is that I don’t have to wait until my birthday month to celebrate this. I celebrate everyday.

I would much rather use my birthday as inspiration for recipes. Last week I made turtle snicker bites. I also made a special cake. Since I spend so much time making cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, and other sweets, I wanted something savory.

This pizza cake is made with fresh tomato sauce, and homemade dough. I loaded it up with my favorite toppings, but I think you are smart enough to figure out that you can customize this with your own toppings. The cool thing about this is that when you slice it, it looks like it has layers of cake, a filling in between the layers, and frosting. I think this is perfect for someone who does not like sweets all that much, or who really enjoys pizza. Even if you like sweets, this is a fun change from the usual birthday cake.

Although a homemade (from scratch) pizza taste infinity+1 times better than one made with store-bought sauce and dough, you are more than welcome to use those shortcuts.

Here is what you need:

For the Tomato Sauce,

  3 ½ -4 pounds  fresh tomatoes (I used a mix of plum tomatoes and beefsteak tomatoes. You can also use 2 28 oz cans of whole, peeled tomatoes and cut down the cooking time)

1 ½ tablespoons of  good quality olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, minced

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

onion, finely chopped

1 bay leaf

fresh basil leaves

red pepper flakes (only if you want a little hint of spice, leave out if you are a sissy)

* You can use a premade jar of sauce, if you must, but try making it fresh at least once. It is worth it.

Also, onion, basil, bay leaf and red pepper flakes are optional. You really only need tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil for a basic tomato sauce.

For Pizza Dough,

5 cups of bread flour

2 teaspoons of sugar

¼ cup of olive oil

2 ¼ cups of warm water

2 packages of active dry yeast (in baking section of grocery store)

1 tablespoon of sea (or kosher) salt

all-purpose flour  (for rolling out the dough)

corn meal (if you are using a baking sheet to cook the pizza on)

* Again, use a store-made dough, if you must. I do encourage to try making this dough at least once. It is fluffy and soft, without the grease or chewiness that other doughs may have. My friend Jen, who does not like pizza dough said she loved this.

For Pizza Toppings (“frosting” and “filling”),

any assortment of vegetables (I used onions, peppers, and mushrooms)

cheese (I used 32 ounces of buffalo mozzarella, which is white and comes as a ball or roll, and then 1 ¼ pounds of grated mozzarella. The grated mozzarella is not as good quality as buffalo, but it melts better as a “frosting.” I bought the best quality that I could find and grated it myself. The kind that comes in a bag pre-grated is usually of very low quality and processed. If you do not like to grate cheese, a food processor usually comes with a slicing attachment that allows you to grate cheese fairly quickly.)

fresh basil leaves


spicy italian sausage

*If you do not like meat, a type of cheese, or vegetables, don’t complain. Just leave it out. The point of making pizza at home is that you customize it the way you want it to be, silly.


          You will want to start by making the tomato sauce. Collect your sauce ingredients.

Tomatoes, onion, red pepper flakes, garlic, salt, pepper, onion, basil leaves, pizza cake

If you are making it from tomatoes, then you want to remove the skin. You do this by slicing an X onto the bottom of each tomato, dropping it into boiling water for about 10 seconds, then immediately transferring it to a bowl of ice water (to stop it from cooking). The skin will peel right off. If you have never done this before, you can check out how in my grilled cheese soup recipe, where I use the same technique. See step-by-step photos and instructions by clicking here.

     Once you have boiled, cooled and peeled the tomatoes, you need to get rid of the seeds. Cut each in half  or into slices, and use your fingers to scoop out the seeds.

Use your finger to remove the seeds

It’s okay if you don’t get out every single seed. Just scoop out most of it.

Now cook your sauce.

Start off by cooking the olive oil, onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes over medium heat, until the onions are translucent.

Cook garlic, onion, olive oil, red pepper flakes, and basil, tomato sauce, pizza cake

Add basil a few minutes into the cooking.

Now add your tomatoes, bay leaf, salt, and pepper.

Add salt, pepper, bay leaf and tomatoes, tomato sauce, pizza, cake

            Reduce to medium low heat after about 10-15 minutes of cooking the tomatoes down. Leave for a few hours to cook and breakdown. This is what it looked like about an hour in.

Cook for several hours until it has thickened and broken down

Stir occasionally to release more moisture from the sauce to help it thicken.

As soon as the sauce begins to cook, prepare your dough. Get out your dough ingredients.

Bread flour, all purpose flour, olive oil, sugar, salt, all purpose flour, corn meal

          Heat a small pot of water on low. Pour the 2 ¼ cups of it into a large bowl. Use a cooking or candy thermometer to gage when the temp has lowered to about 110°, give or take. Then add your yeast.

Pour yeast into water, pizza cake

          It should foam up a bit. If it does not, this means either the yeast is not active (so you have to buy new packets), or the water was too hot/too cool.

          After about 5 minutes the yeast will have foamed up a bit. Add in your olive oil, salt, bread flour, and sugar. ADD THE SALT IN LAST OR IT WILL RUIN THE DOUGH. Salt can affect the yeast, so you want it to come into contact with the other ingredients first.

Mix in olive oil, sugar, salt, and flour. Make certain to add the salt last

Mix together, then knead for about 9 minutes on a surface that has been lightly dusted with all-purpose flour. Careful not to over knead or else the dough will become tough and chewy. Ewe.

            Form it into a ball, and place it in a bowl lightly coated with olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm spot for 2 hours.

Place in a bowl lightly coated with oil and cover in plastic wrap
Since the sauce and dough take a while to prepare, I like to make it the day before making my pizzas. I you would like to do this, then place bowl in fridge overnight and let it warm up to room temp before rolling.

While the dough and sauce are cooking or rising, prepare your toppings. Slice and grate your cheese.

Mozzarella cheese pizza cake

The buffalo mozzarella (left) is better quality then the other mozzarella cheese, however it does not melt as well for the cake “frosting.”

Slice your vegetables, if you will be using them.


Slice your pepperoni, and remove the casing of the italian sausage if you would like meat on your pizza cake.

Pepperoni and italian sausage

To remove the casings, use a knife to slice through the clear “skin” of the sausage and spread the inside meat onto a pan.

Throw out the casings. and cook the sausage on medium high heat until brown.

Cook your italian sausage

This is only slightly cooked, duh. Use a spatula or cooking spoon to break up the meat.

I sort of like to over cook my meat so it is super crispy.

Once the tomato sauce has cooked down to your desired thickness, use a food processor or blender to break it down more.

 This is totally optional. Some people like very chunky sauce. I like mine smooth.

Use a food processor to break down your tomato sauce pizza cake

          If it is too liquidy after using the processor or blender, then you can pour it back into the pot and cook it down some more over medium low heat.

After the two hours, your dough should have risen substantially.

After two hours, the dough will have risen substantially

Take your dough and drop it onto a surface that has been lightly coated with olive oil.

Now, I want a cake with three layers, so I cut it into three equal sections.

Cut your dough into 3 equal pieces

            I also want the layers to be equal in size (or close to), so I used the bottom of a springform pan to use as a measure of how much I needed to roll out my dough. I rolled it instead of tossing it, in order to have control of the size. I also wanted the crust to stay thick, like a cake layer.

Take two of the sections, and roll out one into a circle. Just be careful when rolling dough. You want to roll it as little as possible to prevent making it too chewy.  Use all-purpose flour to dust your rolling pin so that it does not stick to the dough.

               Place dough on a baking sheet coated with corn meal. If you have a pizza stone, it should be heating in the oven and does not need corn meal.

               Roll out the other two sections, placing one on the springform pan (with the side removed). Make certain this is also coated in corn meal.  Cut each circle of dough into equal amount of slices, using a sharp knife or pizza cutter.

Cut slices through dough

Now top with any toppings you like. Careful not to place toppings to close to the edge of the pizzas, as I did. It will drip off onto the bottom of your oven. Should you choose to place toppings on close to the edge, simply place a foil-line baking sheet under the pizzas in order to catch the drippings.

Put toppings onto pizza

Preheat oven to 475°. Then bake your pizzas for about 20-25 minutes depending on the oven.

Take the two pizzas from the baking sheet, and layer them on top of the third. Try to line up the slice incisions as best as possible.

Cut through all three layers

           Use a large and sharp knife to cut through the slices again, so that it goes all the way through to the bottom. Use a pair of kitchen scissors (or just clean scissors) to trim around the edges of the crust to make the sides even. You don’t have to trim, unless you are anal retentive like me about even edges.


  Press any leftover buffalo mozzarella and shredded mozzarella onto the sides and top of the cake. Use any leftover toppings to decorate.

          Now, this pizza has a lot of cheese, so if you like do not press it onto the sides Or, when adding toppings to the three pizzas, you can leave out that cheese instead. I put this much cheese on for show, and it did taste delicious, but not everybody is a cheese lover like me.

Cover in mozzarella cheese

Turn oven on to 300°. Cook pizza (I left mine on the springform circle, then on top of a baking sheet) on baking sheet until the cheese has melted. If your cheese is very oily, that is because it is bad quality cheese. You have been warned.

Wait for the pizza to cool a bit, or else it will be mushy when you slice it.

This is what it looks like.

Pizza cake

Just like a cake.

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Happy Go Get a Steak Dinner (or make a pizza cake, in this case), Get Blasted, and Go to a Bar with Friends Day!

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26 Responses to Savory Pizza Cake. Why Should Cake Have to Be Sweet?

  1. Aww that’s so cute in a weird/exciting way…if that makes sense. Part of me wants to ohh and ahh over it and the other part wants to dig into the deliciousness.

    • Jasmin says:

      @Amber, well, I am a weirdo and I do exciting things (or so I tell myself) so it makes perfect sense that you think that when looking at my recipe.

  2. Hanne says:

    Ahhhhhh This is soooo Wonderful!!!!!

  3. Isabel says:

    Oh. My.


    Geeze, i’m going to have to do the ‘from scratch’ thing here, aren’t i? 😉

    Okay, okay….i won’t take the fast route.

    How does it compare to the fast route, though? You’re going to tell me that it makes a lot of difference if you just do your recipe like it says, right? 😉

    • Jasmin says:

      Hi Isabel! You don’t HAVE to, but if you choose to make it from scratch then it could be a fun project with your daughter. I remember tasting homemade (from scratch) pizza from the first time and said, “Wow” out loud. It tastes incredible. That being said, using the fast route would still taste yummy. just try to use good quality cheese eitehr way 🙂

  4. Bruce says:

    This looks GREAT! Can you send a slice to New York?

  5. Ok, this sounds like a cake I would LOVE for my birthday! Sounds like a lot of work though! Do you ship? 🙂 It’s gorgeous! Truly inspired 🙂 I don’t think I would have a problem with that cheesy ‘frosting’ at all. I am a cheese lover like you. A creative, stunning and brilliant post! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  6. Lauren says:

    This looks amazing! I am totally going to make this for my husband for father’s day. You rock!

  7. Alana says:

    OMG. This looks sooo good. I’ve never seen anything like it creative! 🙂

    – Alana @

  8. The Minister says:

    HOLY SHIT! For the first time ever, overweight people outnumber average people in America. Doesn’t that make overweight the average then? Last month you were fat, now you’re average – hey, let’s make a pizza cake!

    • Jasmin says:

      @the Minister, hahah I have heard that joke before. I was not fat last month. 115 lbs 5’5”. I was probably skinny last month and now anorexic. Eff yeah I am going to make pizza cake because I can handle it. Can you?

  9. Valentina says:

    this “cake” looks so, so delicious! and i just saw your golf ball cake pops w/ bacon on Tastespotting. Oh my! — you are good! 🙂

  10. Jen says:

    Jas, that was the tastiest cake I ever ate! Thanks for letting me have a slice of the original 1Finecookie triple-decker delicious cheesy cake!

  11. Diva says:

    Can one fall in love with a pizza?

  12. Susan says:

    Genius!!!Who would have thought! lol. I make my own “gravy” and my own pizza dough. My 7 year old just begged me to make this for her birthday in a couple of weeks. Thank you for the idea!

    I’m pinning this on!

  13. Floortje says:

    I have a question. Is it a problem of there is yeast in the breadflower and do I need the extra yeast then?

    • Jasmin says:

      @floortje, pizza dough usually has yeast in it. If you look at my photos, you can see that the dough on top grew out of the neck of the bottle because it has yeast in it. I would be careful about extra yeast, however. If there is a ton of yeast then put less dough in since it will expand more.

  14. Julia says:

    I just saw this on pinterest… freaking genius! And I’m cracking up at “Happy Go Get a Steak Dinner, Get Blasted, and Go to a Bar with Friends Day!”

  15. Nic says:

    I really like the idea of this pizza cake. We only have a small convection oven and haven’t been able to make real pizza since we moved to Japan. This idea is perfect! Now we can make pizza again!

  16. I absolutely adore your homemade tomato sauce recipe! It has made its way into my select few recipes that I make weekly! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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