Sushi Cake – Easier To Make Than a Sushi Roll

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Amp up your sushi to the next level by crafting a beautiful sushi cake! Sushi cakes are an easy to make and fun twist on regular sushi rolls but with the same delicious flavour. Plus it’s something that you can have fun making and designing. It’s perfect for truly any occasion and is a great addition to any party food spread. Unleash your creativity and create something unique, tasty and picture-perfect!

A whole sushi cake with a cake server

What Is Sushi Cake?

Good question! Is it a cake that looks like sushi or a cake made of sushi? Well, I think there are both versions out there but this particular one is a cake made of sushi. Instead of rolling the sushi, it’s formed into the shape of a cake instead. This actually makes it easier because I know rolling sushi can be tricky sometimes.

A whole sushi cake on the right and a piece cut out sushi cake on the left.

Sushi cake also doesn’t use seaweed. Instead it uses a variety of typical sushi ingredients that you can adjust to compliment your own tastes and to make beautifully colourful cakes. This is what makes it really fun to make at home. You can get your kids and family and friends involved too so everyone can have fun decorating a new type of cake.

How to Decorate a Sushi Cake

Luckily, sushi cake (and sushi in general) is one of those foods where the fillings and toppings are versatile. The only essential you need is perfect sushi rice[1] to form a strong base for your cake. The ingredients I chose to decorate my sushi cake were:

cooked rice in a wooden tub mixing rice and vinegar
  • tamagoyaki called “Kinshi Tamago” – fried egg which resembles gold (kin) threads (shi)
  • smoked salmon (Shaped Rose)
  • cucumber (ribbons)
  • shiso
  • kanikama (imitation crab meat)
  • sakura denbu (sweetened cod flakes):
Sushi rice on the left, smoked salmon rose, thinly sliced fried egg, oink cod flake, imitation crab meat and sliced cucumber

How to Prepare Each Ingredient To Decorate?

Kinshi Tamago

Crack an egg into a small mixing bowl. Add a pinch of salt and 1tsp mirin and whisk with a small whisk. Then strain through a sieve and set it aside. Heat a frying pan with a tsp of oil. Once the frying pan is heated, remove the frying pan from the heat and leave it on a wet kitchen towel to even the heat distribution. Pour the egg into the frying pan and cook over low – medium heat. Turn the egg over and turn the heat off. Cut it into half and roll from the edge and cut thinly.

Japanese fried egg thinly sliced on a chopping board

Smoked Salmon Rose

Use thinly sliced smoked salmon. It may be required to cut the smoked salmon to about an 0.8 inch (2cm) width strip. Roll from one end to make the rose shape. Open and squash the rolled smoked salmon to shape like a rose.

Thinly smoked salmon and smoked salmon shaped like a rose

Sakura Denbu (pink cod flake)

Sakura Denbu[2]

is the pink fluff in the middle. It is very finely flaked white fish (they use cod in Japan) and that is then coloured pink. You can buy this online or from Japanese supermarkets or you can make it yourself. To get it this fluffy and fine, you need to constantly sautee/stir fry the fish on low heat in a frying pan until it begins to break down and become fluffy. To get the pink colour I used beetroot juice but you can use food colouring if you want. Otherwise, you can choose another filling.

Sakura denbu cod flake packet on the left and pink cod flake on a small plate

Suggestions For Other Decorative Ingredients

  • prawns
  • sashimi
  • okra
  • canned salmon/tuna
    You might also like to add some pickled sushi ginger (gari) on the side as a palette cleanser.
4 photo collage of sushi cake. Preparing each ingredients fried egg, slicing cucumber, and rolling smoked sushi

What Equipment Do I Need?

Unlike ordinally rolled sushi, this sushi does not require a bamboo rolling sushi mat. Instead, you need a cake tin. The tin I used is a small spring form cake tin 5 inch ( 12cm ) in diameter. You can use any shape and size of forms. I found the spring form cake tin is easier to remove the cake from the form.

placing layers of ingredients in 4 photos.

Tips To Make Sushi Cake?

For the presentation of the cake, when you place the ingredients of the mid-layer between the rice layers, make sure that you place enough coloured ingredients around the circumference of the tin so that the layer is beautifully visible from the outside when the cake is removed from the tin.

4 photo collage of sushi making process
decorating sushi cake in 4 photo collage

What To Serve Sushi Cake With?

It is quite carb-heavy, so it is good to have a light side dish such as soup and that’s what Japanese usually would have with it.

cooked miso soup in a saucepan and chopped scallions added

Other Sushi Recipes

7 inari sushi on a white rectangular plate and two pair of chopstick taking two of them

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A whole sushi cake with a cake server

Sushi Cake

This sushi cake is a great dish to add a fun Japanese twist to any occasion! It is an eye-catching, unique, and delicious party food!

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Course: Rice, Rice dish

Cuisine: Japanese

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 1 sushi cake

Calories: 903kcal


Sushi Rice

Kinshi Tamago

other decorative ingredients


Sushi Rice

Kinshi Tamagao

  • Beat egg with salt and mirin in a small mixing bowl.

  • Sieve the egg mixture to make smooth textured Kinshi Tamago.

  • Heat oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. When it is heated, remove from heat and place it on a wet kitchen cloth to distribute the heat evenly.

  • Place the frying pan back on the heat, and pour the egg in.

  • Cook the egg one side and flip it back and turn the heat off to cook the other side with the residual heat.

  • Put the fried egg on a chopping board and cut the egg in half.

  • Stack the egg together and roll. Slice it from one end. Set it aside.

  • Slice the cucumber and set aside.

Decorating Sushi Cake

  • Place half the rice at the bottom of cling wrap lined small cake tin and evenly spread it out and press it down.

  • Scatter the imitation crab meat and the sakura denbu over the rice. Make sure the sakura denbu is sprinkled around the edges well so that it will be visible from the outside.

  • Place the rest of the rice, cover with the cling wrap and press it down all together.

  • Remove the sushi from the tin and place it on a plate.

  • Slice the cucumber lengthwise and place on the sushi cake.

  • Cut the thinly sliced smoked salmon into a 0.8 inch (2cm) wide strip. Roll it from the end to shape like a rose.

  • Place it on the sushi cake.

  • Decorate the cake with the egg, and sprinkle more sakura denbu.

  • Garnish with Mitsuba leaves and Serve!


*1 Key to success is to make perfect sushi rice. Check how to make perfect sushi rice here[14]. Use the sushi rice calculator – you need rice to make 2 rolls for this size sushi cake.  
*2 instructions in post or substitute with store-bought salmon/fish cans
*3 Sushi rice instruction[15] 


Calories: 903kcal | Carbohydrates: 174g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 2627mg | Potassium: 714mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 553IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 3mg

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