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How to Make Sushi Cakes


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How to Make Sushi Cakes - serving tray with sushi cakes and condimentsYou 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!

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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

Supplies:

How to Make Sushi Cakes - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease baking pans, pour batter in and gently shake to even out.
  2. How to Make Sushi Cakes - batter in the mini  pans
     
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  3. 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.
  4. How to Make Sushi Cakes - bake and cool
     
  5. Use a serrated knife to remove the tops of the cakes to make them level.
  6. How to Make Sushi Cakes - remove the tops with a serrated knife to make them flat
     
  7. Carefully remove cakes from pans.
  8. How to Make Sushi Cakes - cake removed from spring pan
     
  9. Spread frosting on the tops and sides of the cakes. I propped mine up on something level so I could evenly coat them.
  10. How to Make Sushi Cakes - frost sides and top
     
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  11. Place cakes in the freezer for 10 minutes so frosting can stiffen up a bit.
  12. How to Make Sushi Cakes - stiffen frosting by placing in the freezer
     
  13. 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.
  14. How to Make Sushi Cakes - remove from freezer and fill holes in frosting and use something to get a straight edge
     
  15. To make your cucumber decor, cut up some green apple into little pieces, then coat in some lemon juice.
  16. How to Make Sushi Cakes - cut pieces of green apple sprinkle with lemon juice
     
  17. Allow to dry on a paper towel while you work on the other decorations.
  18. How to Make Sushi Cakes - apple slices drying on a paper towel
     
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  19. Use a rolling pin to flatten Starburst candies to make pieces of fish.
  20. How to Make Sushi Cakes - flattening a Starburst pink candy to make a piece of fish
     
  21. Pink for salmon, yellow for egg, and green for avocado.
  22. How to Make Sushi Cakes - use yellow for egg and green for avocado
     
  23. 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.
  24. How to Make Sushi Cakes -  dark pink Starburst blob and apple for tuna and cucumber roll cake
     
  25. 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.
  26. How to Make Sushi Cakes - roll out fondant for seaweed
     
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  27. 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.
  28. How to Make Sushi Cakes - measure and cut fondant
     
  29. Transfer the cakes to your serving platter, then wrap them with the black fondant. The fondant should be a bit higher than the cake.
  30. How to Make Sushi Cakes - wrap cakes with the fondant, the extra height helps with next step
     
  31. To make fish roe sushi, place a small round cutter on the center of a cake. Fill with orange ball candies.
  32. How to Make Sushi Cakes - place a round cutter in the center of one cake and fill with round orange ball candies
     
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  33. Use your fingers to press down on the candies to keep them in place.
  34. How to Make Sushi Cakes - press down with your fingers
     
  35. To mimic rice, pour marshmallow bits around the outside of the cutter. Press them into the frosting, then remove the cutter.
  36. How to Make Sushi Cakes - add marshmallow bits for the rice and press down, remove the cutter
     
  37. Place marshmallow bits on the tops of the other cakes, around the molded candies.
  38. How to Make Sushi Cakes - place bits on the other cakes around the molded candies
     
  39. Use the white icing pen to draw lines on the salmon for texture, then drop a few orange balls around the avocado piece.
  40. How to Make Sushi Cakes - use white icing pen to draw lines on the salmon for texture and drop orange balls around the avocado
     
  41. Chop up a bunch of neon green gummies, then squish them back together to form a ball. This will be your wasabi.
  42. How to Make Sushi Cakes - chopped gummy bears mushed back together for the wasabi
     
  43. To make the pickled ginger, flatten out light pink Starburst with the rolling pin.
  44. How to Make Sushi Cakes - flattened light pink Starburst for the pickled ginger
     
  45. Pull on them to make them longer and thinner, then cut into rounded strips.
  46. How to Make Sushi Cakes - pull to stretch and make them thinner
     
  47. Place ginger next to wasabi on the platter.
  48. How to Make Sushi Cakes - ginger next to wasabi on serving platter
     

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 1,298 Posts
May 11, 20180 found this helpful

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

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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 1,246 Posts
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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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 1,246 Posts
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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February 11, 20190 found this helpful

Very nice poat

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