Just line a cake pan with ham and press to make a cake-like, festive sushi easily. You can just use whatever you have in your refrigerator. Perfect for special occasions! Your inner designer will shine through!
Mix flaked salmon, finely scrambled egg and so on into the sushi rice. (Think up your own original combinations!) Put half of the mixed rice in the pan and press down.
Add another layer of ham, and cover with mayonnaise.
Layer shiso leaves and sliced cheese. Add the rest of the sushi rice.
Put on a heavy heatproof container or a weight, and press down on the sushi rice hard. The blogger I got the idea from used dictionaries and phone books as weights.
Invert and unmold onto a serving plate.
When you cut it, it looks like a cake. Your dinner table will look so sumptuous!
I tried decorating it on top with (Recipe ID: 322037) Fish Sausage Roses. Doesn't it look fancy?
Another version decorated with flower shaped kamaboko.
Story Behind this Recipe
I saw a ham sushi cake on TV made by a popular granny blogger. Her cake was plain in the inside, but I thought if I layered the filling like a cake, it may be more colorful. So I tried adding things my children love that I had in the refrigerator. The combination of cheese, shiso and mayonnaise was delicious.
If you line your cake pan with plastic wrap, you can unmold the sushi cake easily. By layering the ingredients it looks more decorative when you cut through the cake. For girl's day (hinamatsuri), you could use pale pink smoked salmon or cured ham!