Sushi Cake? Why Not!: California Maki Cake

August 7, 2018

This idea right here is pretty ingenious: fill a round tray with sushi rice, top it with cucumber, crabsticks, mango, Japanese mayo, tobiko, and you’ve just created an unusual take on California Maki. No need to put your obsessive compulsive cap on and roll sushi perfectly in nori.

Call it a rice topping, or a California Maki dump, or whatever. This is technically a grab-and-go potluck dish that’ll appease any sushi lover’s tummy. It’s a pretty good idea if you get an immediate call from a family member or friend involving a last minute holiday feast that requires your attendance (and food contribution).

Jiro Ono won’t be pleased if he finds out about this. But then again, you’re no sushi master, so you’re forgiven by default.

California Maki “Cake”

Total Time: 30 minutes / Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients for the Sushi Rice

  • 2 cups Japanese rice grains
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Japanese vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Ingredients for the Sushi Toppings

  • 1/2 pack imitation crabsticks (about 15 pcs), sliced into 4 and fluffed
  • 1 pc mango, chopped
  • 1 pc cucumber, sliced into strips
  • 2 tbsp tobiko
  • 1/2 cup Japanese mayonnaise

Procedure for Sushi Rice

  1. Cook rice as how you would with normal rice.
  2. Once rice is cooked, fluff rice.
  3. Prepare seasoning by boiling all ingredients together just until sugar and salt is dissolved.
  4. Pour over cooked fluffed rice and mix well.
  5. Cover with damp cloth and set aside.


  1. Layer rice on serving plate.
  2. Top with mayonnaise.
  3. Arrange cucumber strips, mangoes, and tobiko.
  4. Serve.
Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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9 responses to “Sushi Cake? Why Not!: California Maki Cake”

  1. avocado and toasted sesame seeds

  2. alyb says:

    awesome idea!

  3. Anthony says:

    hi, what is tobiko? where can i buy it? thanks

    • Tony Te says:

      Tobiko is the tiny orange-colored roe of fish sprinkled onto California rolls. It is available from the Japanese specialty grocers in Cartimar or from Cold Storage outlets in supermarkets.

  4. Definitely gonna try this out!!! 😀 You guys make me happy!

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