Sweet "Sushi" Desserts and Party Treats

by sockii

Sushi normally is traditionally with raw fish, vegetables and vinegar rice. But you can make fun "dessert sushi" with all kinds of ingredients!

Can you eat sushi for dessert?

Yes, you can! Although it might not be quite the sushi you were expecting...

You can create fun party foods and delightful desserts that look just like sushi rolls and pieces, but don't exactly contain wasabi, rice and raw fish! How about "Peeps Sushi" for Easter, using the favorite marshmallow sweets and rice crispy cakes? Or perhaps using a white cake as a base for sushi-style decorations and icing?

These fun and tasty treats are sure to make people do a double-take and be a creative dessert to serve at a birthday or themed party. Here you'll find some clever ideas and photographs for inspiration.

Peeps Sushi = Peepshi

A fun Easter treat
Final Plating
Final Plating

These colorful sweet "sushi" bites would be fun for an Easter party—and a neat treat to make with the kids! All you need are Peeps, Rice Krispies Treats, and a box of Fruit by the Foot (to substitute for seaweed, of course.)

You can find the full instructions on how to make at SeriousEats, including photos of lots of different creative ways to prepare Peepshi!

While intended for use with rice, these sushi molds would come in handy for making a lot of the sweet treats shown on this page.

Sweet Sushi

"Real" sushi made with fruit and sweetened rice
sweet sushi
sweet sushi

Besides the clever "fake" sushi pieces and rolls shown above, you actually can make sweet, real sushi rolls that are tasty desserts and treats! The recipe, shared by Seelen Sturm, involves making sweet sushi rice by adding milk, sugar and vanilla. The sushi pieces are then made using ingredients such as green apple, strawberries, pear and melon and served with both wasabi and honey for a sweet and spicy finish. Definitely a good one for those who aren't afraid to experiment with unusual flavor combinations!

Cake-based "sushi"

Turn a simple white cake into sushi-like treats
Dessert Sushi
Dessert Sushi

Another great idea for a fun party display is to use white cake to make little cake sushi bites. In this project from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, the cake was sliced to resemble sushi rice, and then decorated with Fruit by the Foot (for seaweed), Swedish fish (for, well, the fish!), Jujubees and sprinkles (for the fish roe) and dried fruit as well. Green-colored icing was used to imitate the Wasabi.

"Sushi" Petit Fours

For those with serious decorating skills
sweet, sweet sushi
sweet, sweet sushi

Are you a fondant modeling master? If so, you might be able to create something like these fabulously decorated petit fours. The cake is first decorated by coconut and then topped with fondant "shrimp" and wasabi paste. A real work of art!

These little molds are perfect for either making traditional sushi fun for kids, or working with fondant to make sweet sushi treats!

Twinkie Sushi?!

If you don't want to bake...
Candy Sushi
Candy Sushi

You can make some fast fake sushi by using Twinkie cakes and decorating them as you wish, such as here using fruit roll ups, M&Ms and coconut. (I'd add some decorative splashes of chocolate syrup on the plate to look like eel sauce or soy sauce, myself...)

Watch sweet sushi being made

Instructional videos on YouTube

Rice Krispies, sweet rice, and candy treats...here are some tutorials to show you how to make dessert sushi rolls and "nigiri" pieces.

What do you think of sweet sushi?

Would you want to try making some for yourself?

Comments welcome!

Updated: 02/02/2017, sockii
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sockii on 04/18/2015

I definitely think kids could have a lot of fun with a sushi candy party. It would be interactive and creative, and a way for them to learn about a new type of food perhaps.

AngelaJohnson on 04/18/2015

It's a cute idea, but I don't entertain. It might be fun to have a sushi candy making party. It's fun to see what great ideas people come up with.

I do like regular sushi, though, and it doesn't all contain raw fish.

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