Easy and decorative. Try this recipe for birthdays, celebrations, and parties. A doll-shaped sushi cake! This is the Licca-chan version! (Translator's note: Licca-chan is a popular fashion doll; the Barbie of Japan.)
Colorful "decofuri" furikake (if using colored rice)
You could use tarako or ao-nori seaweed powder, etc. instead
Smoked salmon, cooked shrimp, sashimi, etc. to taste
Enough for the number of servings
Salmon caviar (ikura)
Baby salad leaves (lettuce or your choice of greens)
Broccoli sprouts (or radish sprouts)
Wrap plastic wrap around a paper towel core (one that Licca-chan can fit in exactly) or a cylinder formed out of thick paper.
Leave 1/3 of the sushi rice white. Divide up the rest into portions for each color you plan to use, and prepare the colored rice.
Line the bowl or mold you plan to use for the skirt with plastic wrap. Leaving the center where the wrapped cylinder from Step 1 will go, line the bowl with alternating sections of the colored sushi rice.
Hold the wrapped cylinder in the center, and surround it with the colored sushi rice.
When the outside of the cylinder is packed with rice, pack the rest of the skirt while holding the cylinder with the remaining colored sushi. If you run out of colored sushi, use white sushi rice to fill in the rest.
Invert the skirt of rice onto a large plate. Peel off the plastic wrap and take out the cylinder. Go around the base of the skirt with white rice as decoration.
Wipe the doll carefully with a disinfecting wipe. Wrap it from a bit above the waistline on down with plastic wrap, and insert into the hole in the skirt.
Hide the waistline with finely cut crepe omelette or similar. Make a small rose with smoked salmon and place it on the waist as decoration.
For a well-balanced meal, surround the skirt with salad, sashimi, diced cucumber, or tamagoyaki. Scatter on some salmon caviar to finish. Great job!
Story Behind this Recipe
Overseas, there are doll-shaped cakes for children's birthday parties, so I took that idea and made a sushi cake. Adults liked it, too--not just the kids. Keep everything clean and hygienic. To make sure that the food does not get on the doll's clothes and so on, wrap her lower body from the waist down in plastic wrap.
Use a bowl for the skirt that matches the length of Licca-chan's lower body from the waist down. If the bowl is too shallow, the waist of the skirt won't come up to her waist. If the bowl is too shallow, make a bed of white sushi rice and create a hole in the middle to boost up the base.