The Surreal World of Pizza Cakes

""According to FoxNews.com, "'Must Have Meat' has pepperoni, sausage, hamburger and bacon. Ground beef with onions, pickles, mustard and ketchup is found on 'Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger.' 'Look Mom, I’m Eating my Veggies' sports green peppers, green olives, mushrooms, tomato chunks and onion. 'Pizza Brownie Supreme' offers a layer of chocolate frosting topped with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms and green peppers over a brownie crust. But these aren’t Pizzas, they’re Debbie Meyer’s 'Pizza Cakes.'”

“I hate to say it, but I have to come clean. I have to give my husband the credit,” Meyer says. The former attorney and confirmed chocoholic originally from tiny Vine Grove, Kentucky was an accomplished home baker who wanted to “do something with baking.” Lots of people want to do “something with baking.” Most of the somethings they make — cookies, brownies, cupcakes — make as much an impression in the baking universe as yet another star in the Milky Way. Yawn.

Scott Meyer off-handedly turned to his wife and said, “If you could make a cake that looks like a pizza, then, I’d be behind it.” Maybe he was really engaged in the idea. Maybe there was a game on TV. Maybe he wanted some peace and quiet. Whatever. Game on. Eighteen months later Meyer introduced her first Pizza Cake.

Don’t be fooled. Other so-called “pizza cakes” are usually basic layer cakes made pizza-ish with a sprinkling of gummis and M & Ms. Meyer’s cake looks like a cross between a thin-crust and a deep-dish pizza with sauce, cheese and pepperoni. She makes all toppings by hand with modeling chocolate, fondant, Rice Krispies treats, toffee and cookie crumbs. It’s a white chocolate cake “crust” (studded inside with dark chocolate chips) with fondant “sauce” and white chocolate “mozzarella.” Looks like a pizza. Tastes like a cake.

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