Sushi cupcakes

Sushi cupcakes

Hmm, sushi. You’ve got tons of different flavors and just as many ways to present the yummy food, but have you ever thought about sushi without fish? Okay, maybe with the fish, but made from candy? The sushi above are actually made of sweets! Mini cupcakes to be exact, with sweet frosting, shredded coconut and sweets on top.

Credit: Brit+Co

There are a few ways to make this kind of sushi, and I will talk about two methods. The first is the one you can read below, created from cupcakes and sweets.

What you need

  • white cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • black fondant (available on Amazon or in the nearest craft store)
  • 1 tube or can white frosting (available in shops that sell baking goods)
  • shredded coconut
  • assorted gummy candies (sour straws, fruit wedges, Swedis Fish, Haribo Fruity Frutti)
  • tools: piping tip (optional, but very useful)

Create it

The sweet sushi takes about 40 minutes to complete, and that’s including the baking time. You first have to preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 celsius). While your oven is getting ready to bake those delicious cakes, you can mix the cake mix, water and yogurt together. The Greek yogurt is a great idea of Brit+Co, who added that instead of oil and eggs to create a ‘light’-version. Of course if you want to use oil and eggs instead of the yoghurt you can.


When the mixture is smooth and without crumbs you can pour it into the muffin pans with cupcake liners. If you don’t have the muffin pans you can also use a normal baking tray with the cupcake liners. Bake for 20 minutes and use a toothpick to test whether they are ready. If the toothpick comes out clean they’re done!

sushi cupcakes

Credits: Brit+Co


Time to change those ordinary cupcakes into delicious bites of sushi! Take your black fondant and roll it into a thin slate. Cut it into strips the size of your cupcake liners. Unwrap your cupcake and gently roll the fondant around it, creating the ‘seaweed’. Put a bit of frosting on top, and sprinkle a little of the shredded coconut to give it a rice-like look. Top that with a gummy candy like the Fruity Frutty from Haribo and you have a sweet tobiko! For sashimi you’ll leave the black fondant out and only use the white forsting, coconut and gummy fish.

sushi cupcakes served

Credit: Brit+Co

Creating sushi cupcakes

Of course, if you don’t like the gummy bears and Fruity Frutty, you can also create the sushi decorations from fondant only. See the example below. The great thing about fondant is that you can mold it in any shape you think of, so something like a fish is easily created. A sweet rice cracker can also be used as a substitute for the ‘rice’, although I think fondant-only is the best option here.

sushi cupcakes

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