Sushi Cake


Perfect for parties or reunions everybody will love it.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
16 servings


  • 3 cups medium-grain white rice, uncooked

  • 3 cups water

  • ½ cup rice vinegar

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 2 cups imitation crabmeat

  • 2 cups thinly sliced cucumber

  • 1 medium avocado, thinly sliced

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cold cream cheese, cut into thin strips

  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, or to taste

  • 1 ½ cups soy sauce

  • 1 medium lime, juiced

  • 2 medium oranges, juiced


  1. Rinse rice under cool water until water is no longer cloudy and runs clear. Combine rice and water in a covered saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, mix vinegar, sugar, and salt together in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let cool.

  3. Combine softened cream cheese and mayonnaise in a blender; process until creamy.

  4. Transfer cooked rice to a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle 1/2 of the vinegar sauce over the hot rice; mix gently. Taste and add more vinegar sauce if desired. Empty 1/2 of the cooked rice into a springform pan; press down gently to fill the bottom of the pan.

  5. Spread 1/2 of the cream cheese-mayonnaise mixture on top of the rice in the pan. Layer crabmeat, cucumber, avocado, and cold cream cheese over top, in that order. Spread the remaining cream cheese-mayonnaise mixture over top. Empty the remaining rice into the pan and press downwards until layers are firmly packed. Garnish with sesame seeds. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

  6. To serve, mix soy sauce, orange juice, and lime juice in a bowl. Dismount the sushi cake from the springform pan and serve it with the soy sauce.

Cook's Notes:

Smoked salmon can be used instead of crabmeat.

I use Calrose rice.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of citrus-soy sauce. The actual amount of sauce consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

356 Calories
16g Fat
45g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 356
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 1762mg 77%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 14mg 71%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 267mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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