Sushi Cupcakes

What’s better than sushi and cupcakes?

Cupcakes that look like sushi, obviously.

Sushi Cupcakes

Sushi is my favourite food ever, so making sushi-cupcakes was an inevitability. I will impart the following wisdom to you that I learned on my journey:

  1. You will need to buy a lot of candy.
  2. You shouldn’t buy the candy 2 weeks before you plan to make the cupcakes because you will eat all of it, even if you try to trick yourself by storing it in the depths of your deep-freezer wrapped in plastic like you’re hiding a body because frozen candy tastes better than room temperature candy and you will still eat all of it and have to go buy more.

I chose to do simple vanilla cupcakes for these–the decorating is fussy and time-consuming enough. I went with my go-to recipe from Leslie Fiet’s Mini Cupcakes. But you can use any recipe you like–probably one that gives you a light-coloured cake.

Sushi Cupcakes

You will need:

  • Black mini cupcake liners. I found mine at Scoop N Save.
  • Assorted candy. I used Mike n Ikes, green licorice, gummy fish, and Licorice All Sorts. You can use pretty much anything you want. I just went to Sticky’s. They have everything in bulk.
  • White sprinkles
  • Orange nonpareils
  • White icing
  • Green icing

Vanilla Cupcakes

Sushi Cupcakes

In stand mixer, combine wet ingredients and mix until smooth, scraping down sides of the bowl.

In a separate bowl, stir together dry ingredients. Add to wet ingredients, blending until all lumps are gone and air bubbles appear.

Sushi Cupcakes

Spoon batter into cupcake liners, filling 1/2–3/4 full. You definitely don’t want any muffin-top action because it would spoil the compact look of the sushi.

Bake at 350 F for 15ish minutes. Cupcakes are done when you can apply light pressure to the centre and it springs back.

Decorating Sushi Cupcakes

sushi cupcakes

Pipe a smidge of wasabi-coloured frosting onto the centre of the cupcake.

With white frosting, pipe a ring around the wasabi, spreading smooth with a knife.

Sprinkle lightly with orange nonpareils–these are your fish eggs.

Next, dip the cupcake into white sprinkles, coating liberally for rice.

Sushi Cupcakes

Top with candy of your choosing. I didn’t think about it too hard.

Just cut them up and arrange until you think they look vaguely like raw fish and vegetables.

Sushi Cupcakes

Sushi Cupcakes

Sushi Cupcakes

Sushi Cupcakes

Sushi Cupcakes

These cute cupcake packages make awesome take-out containers.

Sushi Cupcakes

Sushi cupcakes are pretty easy to make if you take the time to plan and organize everything. Tbh, I didn’t think they’d turn out as well as they did, but I think they’re kind of charming.

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12 thoughts on “Sushi Cupcakes

  1. befferkins says:

    Inspired! Those look awesome! I wonder how the candy fish and chocolate would taste with actual sushi rice instead of sprinkles. (Yes, I’m strange.)

  2. These are so adorable!!!

  3. Daria says:

    I used these for my kiddo’s for summer school (each week was a different continent) and these were the perfect end of the week treat for them to make! Thank you SOO much for this great idea!

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  5. Mychal B. says:

    What are the candies with the pink insides and black outsides?

  6. pippinbirdy says:

    OMG! they are so adorable! I just have to make them this weekend! I love sushi and cupcakes, this will be utter heaven

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