How to Make Pizza Bagels

Pizza bagels are a great alternative to regular pizza, especially if you have a sudden craving but don’t have the time to run to the store. They are easy to make since half of the work is already done for you: the crust. Once you know how to make a basic pizza bagel, you can experiment with all sorts of unique flavors and combinations.

EditIngredients
1 bagel, sliced in half

2 tablespoons (30 mL) of pizza sauce

8 slices pepperoni or salami

2 tablespoons (15 g) Mozzarella cheese, grated

Serves 1 to 2

EditSteps
EditMaking a Basic Pizza Bagel
Preheat your oven to . This may take a while, so prepare your pizza bagel while you wait for it to heat up.[1]
If you want to use a microwave, skip this step and move onto the next.

Place a sliced bagel face-up on a baking sheet. A plain bagel is a great choice, but you can also use a savory bagel, such as wheat, everything, or asiago. Make sure that the cut side of each bagel half is facing up.[2] Make clean-up easier by covering the baking sheet with aluminum foil first.[3]
If you are making this in the microwave, use a microwave-safe plate instead.

Don’t use a sweet bagel, like cinnamon raisin. These flavors won’t mix well with the pizza sauce and cheese.

Spread 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of pizza sauce over each bagel half. The exact amount of sauce does not really matter; you can use more or less to your liking. Plan on using about 1 tablespoon (15 mL) per bagel half, however.[4] If you don’t have pizza sauce, try pasta sauce or herbed tomato sauce.

Add 1 tablespoon (7.5 g) of shredded mozzarella cheese to each bagel. You can use more or less cheese if you want, but make sure that you spread it evenly across the top of each bagel half.[5] You can use other types of cheese too, such as Cheddar, Parmesan, or a blend.

Top the bagels off with pepperoni slices, if desired. You should be able to fit 4 mini pepperoni slices or 2 regular pepperoni slices on each bagel half.[6] If you really want this to look like a mini pizza, then stick with the mini pepperoni slices; they should be in diameter.
No pepperoni? Try salami instead![7]
You don’t have to add the pepperoni or salami if you don’t want to.

Bake the bagels until the cheese has melted and turned bubbly. This will take about 10 minutes in an oven.[8] If you are using the microwave, then 1 minute to 1 minute and 30 seconds should be plenty.[9]
If you are making only 1 pizza bagel slice in the microwave, cut the cooking time down to 35 to 45 seconds; you don’t need to adjust the baking time for the oven, however.

EditTrying Variations
Make a Guido pizza with sliced onion, sausage, and bell peppers. Cut an everything bagel in half, then coat it with pizza sauce. Add some grated Parmesan cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese. Top it off with sliced red onion, Italian sausage, and sliced red bell peppers. Bake it until the cheese melts, then garnish it with fresh basil.[10]
Chop the Italian sausage into small pieces—aim for something about the size of a blueberry.

Make sure that the Italian sausage is cooked or fried beforehand.

Cut the basil into thin slices to distribute the flavor evenly.

Create a Southwestern pizza with barbecue sauce, chicken, and onion. Spread some barbecue sauce over a sliced bagel, then sprinkle a 4-cheese blend over it. Chop a grilled chicken breast into cubes, then mix it with more barbeque sauce. Add this to the pizza, along with some onion slices. Bake the pizza, then garnish it with chopped parsley.[11]
You probably won’t use all of the grilled chicken for the pizza, which is fine.

Make the grilled chicken cubes small—about .

Try a Greek-style pizza with onion, artichoke, olives, and tomato. Slice open a sesame bagel, then coat it with hummus. Add some sliced onions, marinated artichoke, kalamata olives, and roasted tomato. Add a sprinkle of feta cheese, then garnish it with oregano. Bake the pizza, then garnish it with some chopped parsley.[12]
If you don’t like hummus, you can use pizza sauce instead.

Cut the marinated artichoke into smaller pieces and slice the olives in half lengthwise.

Go gourmet with olive oil, basil, caramelized onions, and mushroom. Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over a sliced pumpernickel bagel. Add a few fresh basil leaves, then a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella. Top it off with caramelized onion and sliced mushroom. Bake the pizza, then garnish it with chopped basil.[13]
Use enough basil leaves to cover the bagel. How many you use depends on the size of the basil leaf. Expect to use 1 to 3 leaves.

Slice the onion beforehand, then sauté it in a frying pan until it turns a golden brown color. Don’t sauté the mushrooms; use them fresh.

Try a supreme pizza with pepperoni, ham, bacon, and bell pepper. Spread pizza sauce over a sliced bagel. Add 5 slices of pepperoni, then top it off with diced, cooked ham, bacon bits, and chopped green bell pepper. Finish it with a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella cheese, then bake the pizza.[14]
If your bagel has a large hole in the middle, cover it up with a slice of pepperoni.

You can find bacon bits in the salad garnish section of a grocery store.

If you can’t find bacon bits, fry a strip of bacon until it is crunchy, crumble it into bits, and use those instead.

Use mini bagels to make mini pizza bites. Use the same process and ingredients, but with mini bagels instead. The main difference is that you’ll have to use smaller amounts and cut the ingredients into smaller pieces. For best results, bake the pizzas at for about 6 minutes.[15]
Rather than slicing your toppings, chop them into tiny pieces instead. This will make them more proportionate and help distribute the flavor.[16]

Get inspiration from other pizza recipes for your pizza bagel. Look up a pizza recipe online or in a cook book. Top your bagel off with the recommended sauce and toppings. Don’t worry about the amounts; just use whatever feels right and looks tasty. Bake the pizza at for about 8 minutes, or until the cheese melts.
You can make just about any type of pizza on a bagel, including Hawaiian, margarita, and vegetarian.

EditTips
Lightly toast the bagels before you add the sauce. This will help keep them from absorbing too much moisture and turning soggy.[17]
If the bottom of your bagel browns too fast, place a wire rack on the baking sheet first, then bake the bagels on that rack.[18]
Arrange the toppings to make a smiley face or cut them into fun shapes, like hearts or stars. This is great for kids![19]
Prepare a larger batch of pizza bagels, then freeze them for a few hours without baking them. Put them into individual zippered bag, then store them in the freezer.[20]
To reheat frozen pizza bagels, microwave them on high for 1 to 2 minutes, or bake them at for 15 to 20 minutes.[21]
EditThings You’ll Need
Oven or microwave

Baking sheet or plate

Spoon

Knife

EditRelated wikiHows
Make Pizza Dough

Toss Pizza Dough

Make Pizza Without a Dough Crust

Serve a Bagel Breakfast

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How to Bake Ombre Cake

An ombre cake is made up of several layers of cake that are all of varying shades of one color, creating a beautiful look when the cake is sliced. To make an ombre cake, you’ll need to separate the cake mix into separate bowls so that you can mix in different amounts of food coloring. Bake the cakes until they’re done, and then stack them on top of one another to create the gradient of color before icing the final cake.

EditIngredients
White cake mix

Food coloring

Butter or cooking spray

Frosting

EditSteps
EditPreparing the Cake Batter
Preheat the oven to before preparing white cake mix. Purchase a white cake mix from a grocery store or big box store and follow the directions to prepare the batter. Stir the batter well in a large bowl so that there aren’t any big lumps.[1]
If you’d rather make your white cake mix from scratch, find a recipe online or in a cookbook.

Your cake mix will likely require ingredients such as eggs, water, and oil.

Decide how many layers your ombre cake will have. Your cake should have at least 3 layers so that the color change is evident in each layer, but you can choose however many you’d like. How many layers you bake may depend on how many matching cake pans you have, as you’ll want each layer to be the same size.[2]
If you have three cake pans that are all the same size, decide on a three-layered ombre cake.

If you want 5 layers but only have 2 or 3 cake pans, you can always cook the cakes in separate batches in the oven.

Divide the cake batter into the needed number of bowls. Once you’ve chosen how many layers you want, pick out the same number of bowls to separate the batter. Pour the cake batter into each bowl, separating it into equal amounts.[3]
For example, for a cake with 4 layers, separate cake batter into 4 separate bowls.

To help you distribute the batter evenly, put scoops of batter in each bowl one at a time.

EditTinting the Batter
Set one bowl of cake batter aside that will stay white. This bowl will be the lightest, top layer of the cake. Make sure no food coloring goes in this bowl by setting it to the side so it’s ready to go straight into the baking pan.[4]
Add 1 drop of food coloring to the next bowl of cake batter. Pour a drop of your desired color of food coloring into a new bowl of batter. Use a very small amount, as this will be the second lightest batter color. Mix the food coloring in with the batter using a spoon.[5]For example, if you’re making a blue ombre cake, pour a small drop of blue food coloring into the bowl and mix it in.

Continue adding larger amounts of food coloring to the remaining bowls. In each remaining bowl, add a larger amount of food coloring to create a gradient of color with the batter. The last bowl of batter should be the brightest and darkest color, while the other bowls should each be slightly lighter.[6]If you’re making a pink ombre cake, the last bowl of batter would be a dark pink, then a regular pink, a light pink, and finally the last bowl would be white.

Mix each bowl of batter thoroughly with the food coloring so that the color is seamless.

EditBaking the Cakes
Grease or add parchment paper to your cake pans. You can either rub butter in the pans, spray them with baking spray, or cut pieces of parchment paper to fit in each pan so that the cake doesn’t stick to the bottom. Do this with each pan that you’ll be using.[7]If you’re reusing the same pan multiple times, make sure you grease it each time you use it.

Pour each bowl of batter into a separate cake pan. Pour the first bowl of batter (the one without food coloring) into the first cake pan. Continue doing this with the rest of the bowls of batter, spreading each color into its own pan so that the batter is evenly distributed throughout the pan.[8]
Bake the cakes for the recommended amount of time. The specific baking time will depend on how thick the cake is and the size of the pan, but refer to the instructions on the box or in the recipe for more specific times. When you think the cake is close to done, stick a toothpick in it. If the toothpick comes out without any batter on it, the cake is done.[9]It’s a good idea to start checking on the cake after it’s been baking for 10 minutes.

Make sure you check each cake to see if each one is done cooking.

Let the cakes cool for 5 minutes before removing them from the pans. This will make it easier to remove them without them falling apart. Use a knife to loosen the edges of the cake from the pan before flipping the pan over onto a plate or cutting board. Do this with each cake, being careful not to let the cakes fall apart.[10]
If you want the cakes to cool even faster once they’re removed from the pan, wrap them in plastic wrap and put them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.

EditIcing the Cake
Make the tops of the cakes level using a bread knife. Use the bread knife to carefully cut off the top of the cake that puffs out and forms a dome. By removing the top of the cakes, you’ll create a level surface and it’ll be much easier to stack them evenly.[11]While you don’t have to do this to the top layer of cake, it will make your cake look more professional.

Place the first layer of cake on a plate topped with icing. The first layer to go on a plate should be the darkest-colored cake. Use a knife or offset spatula to add icing on top of this cake, which will serve as an icing layer in between the stacked cakes. Spread the layer of icing thinly and evenly so your cakes stack well.[12]Use a white icing in between each layer.

Stack the rest of the cakes with similar layers of icing in between. Once your darkest-colored cake is placed and has icing on top, add the next lightest cake color to the stack. Add a thin layer of icing onto this cake as well, just as you did with the first layer. Continue doing this will the remaining cakes, making sure the cakes are in the right order so that they create a gradient of dark to light as the cake grows taller.[13]If you’re making a green ombre cake, the darkest green cake would go on the bottom and each cake that goes on top would be a tiny bit lighter, with the lightest cake going on top.

Add a thin layer of icing over the entire cake to catch the crumbs. While you don’t have to do this, it will help you create a smooth final layer of icing. Use an offset spatula to spread a thin layer of your desired icing over the entire cake, going around the cake to create an even circle.[14]This thin layer doesn’t need to be perfect, as it won’t be seen under the final layer of icing.

Place the cake in the fridge after you do this for 15 minutes to help set the icing faster, if desired.

Frost the cake with a single color of icing for a quick covering. Cover the cake in vanilla frosting using an offset spatula to create a smooth layer around the whole cake. If you’d like the icing to match the color of the cake, use the same food coloring to dye the icing one color before spreading it on the cake.[15]For example, if you created a purple ombre cake, use purple food coloring to dye the icing purple before spreading it evenly over the cake.

Create ombre frosting by using several different gradients of frosting. If you want your icing to match the gradient on the inside of the cake, separate the icing into separate bowls just as you did the batter before adding food coloring drops to the icing. Spread the darkest shade of icing around the bottom of the cake, working your way up with lighter shades until the whitest icing is at the top.[16]You can use the same number of bowls as you did layers of cake, or you can choose a different number of bowls, if desired.

Try filling piping bags with each different gradient of icing to easily spread the icing around the cake.

Use an offset spatula to blend the icing gradients, if desired.

Slice the cake to begin serving it. Once your cake is finished and you’re ready to eat it, use a knife or cake server to cut a slice and place it on a plate. If you have leftover cake, put plastic wrap over it and place it in the fridge.You can also put the cake in plastic containers that are sealed to keep it fresh.

Your cake should last roughly a week in the fridge.

EditThings You’ll Need
Cake pans

Bowls

Spoons

Parchment paper (optional)

Toothpicks

Bread knife

Offset spatula

Piping bags (optional)

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