How to Make Sushi Cakes

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You don't have to be a professional baker to make professional looking decorative cakes. Sometimes you just have to find the right products to add to your cakes to make them shine. I made these sushi cakes using regular cake batter, frosting, and candies you can find at any shop. It cost me 1/10th of the price that I would have paid had I ordered them from a custom bakery and they were absolutely delicious!

I used 3 mini springform pans at 4.4" diameter x 1.8" height, and a recipe for regular yellow cake. If you use a box mix, use the standard 15.25 ounce box and follow the usual directions as listed. You can find the marshmallow bits at the any grocery store (or Target or Walmart) near the hot cocoa mix.


Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Yield: 3 sushi cakes



  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease baking pans, pour batter in and gently shake to even out.
  2. Bake for about 30 minutes, until poked toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool all the way.
  3. Use a serrated knife to remove the tops of the cakes to make them level.
  4. Carefully remove cakes from pans.
  5. Spread frosting on the tops and sides of the cakes. I propped mine up on something level so I could evenly coat them.
  6. Place cakes in the freezer for 10 minutes so frosting can stiffen up a bit.
  7. Remove cakes from freezer then fill in any holes with frosting. Use something with a straight edge to go around the cake to get a sharp edge on it.
  8. To make your cucumber decor, cut up some green apple into little pieces, then coat in some lemon juice.
  9. Allow to dry on a paper towel while you work on the other decorations.
  10. Use a rolling pin to flatten Starburst candies to make pieces of fish.
  11. Pink for salmon, yellow for egg, and green for avocado.
  12. Shape a dark pink Starburst into a circular blob, then place green apple pieces next to it. This will be your tuna and cucumber roll.
  13. To make the seaweed, knead your fondant so it's pliable, then roll it out with a rolling pin until it's about 1/4" thick.
  14. Measure your baking pans with a tape measurer. You'll want your fondant cuts to be as long as the circumference of the pan and the width to be 1/4" longer than the height of the frosted cakes. Cut the fondant accordingly.
  15. Transfer the cakes to your serving platter, then wrap them with the black fondant. The fondant should be a bit higher than the cake.
  16. To make fish roe sushi, place a small round cutter on the center of a cake. Fill with orange ball candies.
  17. Use your fingers to press down on the candies to keep them in place.
  18. To mimic rice, pour marshmallow bits around the outside of the cutter. Press them into the frosting, then remove the cutter.
  19. Place marshmallow bits on the tops of the other cakes, around the molded candies.
  20. Use the white icing pen to draw lines on the salmon for texture, then drop a few orange balls around the avocado piece.
  21. Chop up a bunch of neon green gummies, then squish them back together to form a ball. This will be your wasabi.
  22. To make the pickled ginger, flatten out light pink Starburst with the rolling pin.
  23. Pull on them to make them longer and thinner, then cut into rounded strips.
  24. Place ginger next to wasabi on the platter.

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May 11, 20180 found this helpful

You did an amazing job :) Love how the cake turned out!

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May 11, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you so very much! The chewy candy against the soft cake was really addictive! :)

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May 28, 20180 found this helpful

Really impressive. We order similar cakes from a specialist. Theyre so expensive.

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May 30, 20180 found this helpful

They are! The key to this one is items you don't need a speciality shop for, and super simple techniques :)

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