How to Make Fondant Sushi Cake Toppers
Make your own fondant sushi cupcake toppers and save lots of money. If you can model with play dough, you can create your own decorative entrees with this pliable edible dough.
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I made this birthday cake for a friend's daughter. I love working with fondant and really enjoyed making this cake. I made the inside of the sushi rolls with rice crispies and then covered them in fondant. Everything on the cake is edible. I hope this helps to inspire someone. :)
Buying handmade edible cake and cupcake toppers is incredibly expensive! My friend wanted some for a party and saw they were $40 for a small set. I jumped in and made a bunch for a fraction of the price. If you can handle making shapes with Play Doh, you can totally make these. Follow along with my sushi ideas, or try your own favourites!
- fondant (white, black, red, yellow, green)
- rolling pin
- plastic wrap
- small knife
- large knife
- To make decorative rice grains (you won't need much, promise) take a small chunk of white fondant and knead it in your hands so it hardens up a bit. Now take tiny bits and roll into little balls. Set aside.
- To make nori (seaweed sheets), knead some black fondant in your hands, then roll it flat with a rolling pin to about 1/8" thickness. Cover loosely with plastic wrap so it does not dry out for now.
- To mimic a piece of raw salmon, mix a little bit of red fondant with yellow fondant. Keep twisting and kneading it until it's a solid peach-orange colour.
- To make a fatty marbleization, add a small bit of white fondant and twist it a few times.
- To make the rice for under the salmon piece, take a small ball of white fondant and shape it into a rectangle. Round out the edges and use a knife to make indentations on it.
- Cut the salmon so it's about the same size as the rice ball.
- Place the salmon on the rice, then use your small knife to add little indentations on the salmon.
- To make egg sushi, take another rounded/indented rectangle of rice, then make a rectangle from yellow fondant to look like egg. Keep it looking a bit crinkly-- it's more realistic for the egg!
- Using your big knife, cut a long thin strip from the rolled out black fondant and wrap it around both segments as your nori wrapper.
- To make a California roll, shape a piece of white fondant into a ball, then press down into a disc. Add a couple small pieces of your coloured fondants on top.
- Cut a strip from the rolled out black fondant a little bigger than the height of the white rice round, then wrap it around. Pinch the end closed so you don't see the seam.
- Take some of the white rice grains you made earlier and drop them on top, around the coloured bits.
- To make salmon roe sushi, roll out a rectangle of rice with the white fondant, then wrap with a long strip of the black rolled out fondant for the nori. Pinch the ends closed and smooth out the seam.
- Make a reddish-peach fondant by mixing together red and a bit of yellow. Take tiny segments of it and roll into small balls. Don't over roll because you want these to stay a bit sticky so you can stack them.
- Place a mound of the salmon roe balls onto the rice.
- Mix a bit or green fondant with some white fondant to make a light green shade. This will be your cucumber. Roll a cylinder of white fondant for rice, then wrap in some of the nori (a little higher than the rice). Place a small square of the light green fondant on top.
- Use your toothpick to poke holes into the cucumber to mimic seeds. Pour some of the white rice grains on top to fill in the space.
- To make a piece of shrimp, take some of the peach fondant and twist in some white for marbleization.
- Shape into a shrimp shape, tapering off the tail ends so they're quite thin.
- Use your knife to add a spinal indentation, then perpendicular lines across its back.
- Roll a piece of white fondant into a rounded rectangle about the same size of the shrimp body. Add some indentations to it. Place the shrimp on top of the rice, allowing the tail to hang over the edge.
- Place one piece of sushi on top of each cupcake and press into the frosting to secure. You could also lay these on top of a frosted sheet cake as a big sushi platter presentation!