Sushi Cake

by Dianne L.
(Los Angeles, CA)

I made this cake just for fun, but I think any sushi lover would love it as a birthday cake! Keeping up with the oriental theme, the cake batter was made with green tea, I wouldn’t recommend this flavor for kids though LOL.

The rice I put white fondant in a garlic presser, and I cut the strands into small pieces to give it the rice appearance. The leaves are just green fondant cut into thin diamond shapes and for the chopsticks, I used gumpaste instead of fondant because it dries harder.

This cake took a lot detailed fondant work, here are some tips when working with fondant in small quantities but in many colors:

- Mix all the colors first! When I got started I would want to jump right in and start making all the little figurines, but your workspace can become very messy.

- Once the fondant has color and has the right consistency, put the sugar powder away! I use to work under a cloud of white dust! But I discovered that with a little shortening, your fondant wont stick, and the workplace is a lot cleaner.

- Imagine you are playing with play dough! There are lots of tutorials online for fondant figures, but you can also look up for clay, they work just as well.

- Keep all coloring bottles closed and your hands very clean, there is nothing more frustrating than finishing a figurine, and staining it with black coloring!

I hope these tips help!

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