Pizza Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


2 cakes (8 servings each)

Updated: Nov. 18, 2023
Our kids had a great time putting this dessert together for a Cub Scout cake auction. A boxed cake mix forms the crust, prepared vanilla frosting tinted red makes the sauce, grated white chocolate is the cheese and fruit rolls cut into circles are the pepperoni. The recipe makes two cakes, so we took one to the auction and enjoyed the other one at home. —Caroline Simzisko, Cordova, Tennessee


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup vanilla frosting
  • Red liquid or paste food coloring
  • 3 ounces white baking chocolate, grated
  • 2 strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.
  2. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 18-20 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. Place each cake on a 10-in. serving platter. Combine frosting and food coloring; spread over top of each cake to within 1/2 in. of edges. Sprinkle with grated white chocolate.
  4. Unroll Fruit Roll-Ups; use a 1-1/2-in. round cutter to cut into circles. Arrange on cakes.

Pizza Cake Tips

What other toppings can you put on pizza cake?

Make your pizza cake look even more realistic with your favorite pizza toppings. In addition to the grated white chocolate "cheese" and Fruit Roll-Ups "pepperoni," try chopping green Sour Punch Straws into short pieces to look like green peppers. Shape brown fondant into mushroom shapes, and cut black jelly beans in half to look like black olives. If you're a fan of pineapple on pizza, put some candied pineapple on top. If you like sausage on your pizza, mix chocolate cake crumbs with a bit of frosting—like you would for cake pops—and sprinkle the small crumbles on top of the pizza cake.

Can you make pizza cake ahead of time?

If you don't have time to bake and decorate this pizza cake on April Fool's Day, you can make it a day ahead of time. No matter the occasion or timeline, baking the cakes the day before can be helpful, so you don't have to wait for them to cool before you can layer, frost and decorate.

How do you store pizza cake?

Keep your pizza cake under a domed cake keeper at room temperature. Make sure to eat it up within 3 to 4 days. Learn more about how to store baked goods.

Lauren Pahmeier, Taste of Home Associate Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 277 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 285mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.