Easy Sushi Cake {Fun For Birthdays}

Quick and easy tutorial on how to make homemade birthday sushi cake with fondant, pound cake, icing, candies. Great for April Fool’s Day dessert.

I am not particularly fond of sushi but this dessert is something I get on board with. It looks just like the real thing but tastes nothing like it. It’s just as fun to make as these other Birthday Cake Ideas or this Bumblebee Cake (Spring Cake).

Easy Sushi Cake on White Tray With Lantern in Background

How to make sushi cake from scratch?

  1. Bake cake- And allow it to cool completely.
  2. Cut circle slices- Using a circle cutter.
  3. Ice cake- In chocolate frosting.
  4. Cut strip of green fondant- And stick it around the cake.
  5. Add toppings- This includes shredded coconut and crushed candies.
  6. Enjoy- Serve on a tray with chopsticks.

Variations for fondant sushi birthday cake

Use black fondant- I chose to make the outer strip of fondant dark green to look like seaweed but you can also choose to make it black too. I have seen both versions in real life.

Use other candies– Instead of candy corns, use other orange and yellow candies.

Make a large cake- Use the same tutorial to make a single 8 or 9 inch cake instead of mini cakes.

Try other cake flavors- Such as Chocolate Pound Cake (With Cake Mix) or Lemon Pound Cake (With Cake Mix) or Buttermilk Pound Cake (From Scratch) or Sour Cream Pound Cake.

Consider other frosting flavors- Such as Peanut Butter Frosting or Easy Maple Frosting.

Closeup Shot of Sushi Birthday Cake on White Tray

Tips and Techniques

Cake must be firm- Whatever cake recipe you choose, make sure it has a firm texture to hold the weight of the fondant decorations and to also maintain its round shape. I highly recommend sticking to pound cakes.

Don’t decorate warm cakes- Because the icing and decorations will melt into a sticky mess.

Use a metal cutter instead of plastic cutters- Because they create the sharpest cleanest circle slices.

Homemade fondant vs. Marshmallow fondant- Either can be used. I prefer homemade fondant because it tastes really good and also smells amazing. Also, you can buy pre-colored fondant, which means less work for you.


Refrigerate- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. However the fondant decorations will become slightly sticky and tacky from the moisture in the fridge.

Freeze- Unfrosted cakes can be stored in a sealed container for up to 1 month. When you are ready to enjoy it, let it thaw in the fridge overnight and then, decorate as per instructions below.

Make ahead instructions- This cake can be baked and decorated 1 day in advance and stored at room temperature until you are ready to serve.

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Easy Birthday Sushi Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Decorating time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Quick and easy tutorial on how to make homemade birthday sushi cake with fondant, pound cake, icing, candies. Great for April Fool's Day dessert.
Yield: 12 Mini cakes



  • Bake a loaf of pound cake.
  • Allow it to cool completely. It's better to chill in fridge overnight to really make it firm.
  • Cut it in half lengthwise.
  • Use a small 2 inch circle cutter to out circle cake pieces.
  • Ice the sides of these mini cakes with chocolate buttercream, using a spatula.
  • Roll out green fondant (or black fondant) and cut strips using a pizza cutter. The width of these strips should be the same as the height of the mini cakes.
  • Wrap these fondant strips around your circular cakes and cut off excess along the sides.
  • Tip:I have seen some sushi cakes that use green fruit roll up strips instead of fondant. I think that’s very smart. It would save you the hassle of rolling fondant and cutting strips.
  • Cover the top of your cakes with icing.
  • Sprinkle shredded coconut on top.
  • Sprinkle crushed candy canes in the center.
  • Line these cakes on a tray and enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 


Calories: 32kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 20mg, Potassium: 13mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 1mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 32
Author: Abeer Rizvi

59 comments on “Easy Sushi Cake {Fun For Birthdays}”

  1. Supremely creative! These are sure to be a party knockout. Imagine; bringing in a tray full of sushi for dessert!5 stars

  2. I saw these in your header and had to take a peek–too cute!5 stars

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