I received an email several weeks ago from a guy looking to surprise his wife for her birthday. The cake he wanted? A sushi boat. With sweet sushi in it. Sweet. Had I not just seen a sushi boat cake on one of my many tivoed cake shows, I might have been intimidated. Since I had, I was giddy, I mean, well-prepared. (See, watching cake tv pays off.)
The boat was red velvet cake, covered in fondant and painted to resemble woodgrain. For the sushi, I wanted something more palatable than fondant, so I used rice krispy treats for the rice (I know, brilliant). I dipped that in white chocolate and added white sprinkles. For the salmon, I made a pinky-orange modeling chocolate. I did use fondant for the fishy bits inside and the nori. I also made a giant mess of my work table and myself.
I made a few extra so the husband and I could sample them. The verdict? Very tasty, but a little unsettling. Even though we knew they were sweet, I think our brains were programmed to expect, well, sushi.
I now wish I'd taken pictures of the work in progress. Next time I suppose. Here is the finished product.
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