Virginia Feature: Trompe L’oeil- Sushi Cupcakes

Imagine walking into a dinner party, and seeing spicy tuna rolls and chopsticks on the dessert tray.   Then, imagine biting into the sushi rolls and tasting sweet vanilla cake topped with coconut butter cream.   Sushi cupcakes are unexpected treats that add an artsy and playful flare to your dessert.   It’s a “trompe l’oeil,” or deception of the eye, which adds an element of mischief to the menu.

Years ago, my sister served Sushi Cupcakes at a party. They created quite a stir, as people gathered ‘round, equally puzzled, delighted, and curious, to try a bite. So, I was really excited to recreate these exotic treats with our girls.

With a handful of kid friendly ingredients like candy jellies to give the illusion of raw fish, and dark red fruit roll-ups to mimic seaweed, these mini cupcakes are as fun to decorate as they are to eat. Sushi cupcakes are a perfect party treat. Hope you enjoy!

Inspired by Clare Crespo’s Cookbook: The Secret Life of Food


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