Sushi Cakes




About: Synth chick for electro-rock band, Former Human Beings

I'm not a professional baker but I trick people into thinking I'm the Cake Boss! I'm half Japanese but I swear that has nothing to do with my ability to make things look like sushi. (Though that'd be a wicked super power.) These cakes are THAT simple to put together. Use a boxed cake mix if you'd like to cut some corners, then gather some materials from the candy section at the shops. A little rolling pin action and BOOM! Beautifully tasty cakes that look like huge pieces of sushi. And the crowd goes wild!

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

For these cakes, you will need:


  • 1 box of cake mix, prepared as directed (or your own batter recipe equivalent)
  • 16 oz white frosting
  • Starburst candies
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lb black fondant
  • 1 pack orange ball candy
  • marshmallow bits (found in the hot cocoa section)
  • white decorating gel
  • neon green gummy bears


  • 3 mini springform pans (4.4" diameter x 1.8" height)
  • serrated knife
  • cake scraper or dough cutter (something with a straight edge)
  • measuring tape
  • rolling pin
  • small round cutter

Step 2: Bake It

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease the baking pans, pour batter in and gently shake to even out. Bake for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick poked in the center comes out clear. Let cool for 15 minutes, then transfer to a rack and cool all the way. Use a serrated knife to remove the tops of the cakes to make them level by using the top of the pan as the level guide. Carefully remove the cakes from pans.

Step 3: Frost It

Spread frosting on the tops and sides of the cakes. I propped mine up on my big sugar jar so I could evenly coat the sides and bottom. Pop them in the freezer for 10 minutes so frosting can set up. Remove from freezer then fill in any holes around the cakes with frosting. Use a scraper to go around the cake to get a sharp edge on it. This will look the cake look super pro! Set them aside.

Step 4: Decoration Preparation

To make the cucumber decor, cut up some green apple into mini wedges, then coat in lemon juice. Allow to dry on a paper towel while you work on the other decorations. Use a rolling pin to flatten Starburst candies to make sushi ingredients (pink for salmon, yellow for egg, and green for avocado). To make a tuna cucumber roll, shape a dark pink Starburst into a circular blob, then place green apple pieces next to it.

Step 5: Make That Seaweed

To make the seaweed, knead the black fondant so it's pliable, then roll it out with a rolling pin until it's about 1/4" thick. 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 with nice, straight edges. Transfer the cakes to your serving platter, then wrap them with the black fondant. The fondant should be a bit higher than the cake.

Step 6: Roe, Roe, Roe Your Boat

To make fish roe sushi, place a small round cutter on the center of a cake and fill with orange ball candies. For the sushi rice, pour marshmallow bits around the outside of the cutter. Press them into the frosting, then remove the cutter.

Step 7: More Decor

Place marshmallow bits on the tops of the other cakes, around the molded candies. Use the white icing pen to draw lines on the salmon for texture, then drop a few orange balls around the avocado piece.

Step 8: Wasabi and Ginger

To make the wasabi, chop up a bunch of neon green gummies, then squish them back together to form a ball. To make the pickled ginger, flatten out light pink Starburst with the rolling pin, then pull on them to turn them into long strips. Place ginger next to wasabi on your platter.

Step 9: Eat!

VOILA! Errr... 出来上がり! (Me serving cakes not included.) Now go and make these!



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    9 Discussions


    1 year ago

    I was gonna comment "I should make this for my half Japanese husband", but then I read you are too! :)

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    Reply 1 year ago

    Oh yay! Happy hapa family members! High five to you both ;) You should make this for him!


    Reply 1 year ago

    Yay high five! I think he would be so happy xD


    1 year ago

    Wow, these look phenomenal! I have to say I'm not a huge fan of fondant taste so I'm glad the top part is all candy. Really creative job :)

    1 reply

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you kindly! I noticed I've started peeling fondant off of cakes at parties recently, so I was thrilled to go this route! I also found that candy tastes so awesome squished to frosting!


    1 year ago

    These are beautiful. And the starburst ginger is brilliant!! So much cakey cleverness here. Nice work :)

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    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you so much! I was pleased to barely have to touch fondant ;)

    attosaPenolopy Bulnick

    Reply 1 year ago

    I'm no cake pro, and it was the best set of cakes I've ever made. The Starburst squishing into the frosting and marshmallow bits? Heavenly!