Here is a little back-story:
My sis recently came out and is obsessed with Japanese culture, so for her birthday, I told her I would make her a big gay sushi cake. I was inspired by this http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=251768.0
and other sushi cakes as well as the rainbow cupcakes http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=316358.0
So I set out to make one. Naturally, my sister has to be difficult and tells me she doesn't want a california roll, she wants something else. This is my inspiration:
I was going to use two 13x9 yellow cakes tinted with food gel in rainbow colors. I planned to use fondant for the top and white sprinkles for the rice. Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. The little podunk town my sister lives in does not have a decent store to go to for cake suppiles, so all we have is Wal-Mart. My Wal-Mart sells the things I need, hers... not so much. No white sprinkles, and the only fondant they have is a 5lb box, which I don't need. Great, now I have to get creative.
I tried to tint some of the frosting a nice light pink to use on the top as the tuna... apparently there is no light pink, there is only dayglo pink. So it doesn't really look like fatty tuna, it looks more... radioactive.
Oh well. For the rice, I just frosted the sides super-thick and picked at it with a fork to make it look textured. Worked okay, but I still wasn't thrilled.
To make it look more sushi-ish and less like a cake that was just plain weird, I thought "I'll put a stripe of black frosting down the middle to look like a piece of seaweed." Wrong again. No black frosting, just chocolate. Dang it, I'm going for it!
But the inside? Oh the inside turned out lovely! We had lunch at Olive Garden, and when we sliced that sucker open, it sure turned a lot of heads!!!
It was tasty. The middle bit was cream cheese frosting, the outside frosting was vanilla. The cake was just two, plain boxed cake mixes... colorfully tinted!