What’s better than sushi and cupcakes?
Cupcakes that look like sushi, obviously.
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:
- You will need to buy a lot of candy.
- 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
These cute cupcake packages make awesome take-out containers.
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.