The rice texture of the frosting is created by using a handheld potato ricer. Just squeeze and shake it over a cupcake in a bowl to make drops of icing that look like white rice. And if you'd rather fool someone with a bowl of fried rice, just add some yellow food coloring and a few assorted candies.
Bake or buy the correct size of cupcakes that will fit inside your rice bowls. My bowls were fairly large, so I needed jumbo cupcakes.
You can use store-bought or homemade buttercream frosting. Lightly frost the tops of the cupcakes so the frosting rice will stay in place when it's sprinkled on.
The frosting needs to be stiffer to go through the potato ricer. Crumble up an extra cupcake, and add some powdered sugar.
Test your frosting in your potato ricer. If it's too soft, then it won't sprinkle correctly. Mix in more powdered sugar if necessary. (Don't worry, it won't make the frosting taste too dry. Amazingly enough, it stays very moist.)
To get the frosting to sprinkle, shake your potato ricer. You can also use a knife to loosen the bits of frosting.
Use a toothpick to adjust the "rice" and fill in spots that need more coverage.
You can leave your rice plain or make fried rice by coloring the frosting and using candy as accents. I heated Starburst candy in the microwave for about 10 seconds to soften it before I tore it apart to make it look like bits of a fried egg, and added other candies as vegetables. You could also dust it with cocoa powder for a more realistic appearance.
Give someone a set of chopsticks, and watch them try to eat their rice bowl cake.
For some additional food-fooling fun, you can also fill a clean soy sauce bottle with caramel or chocolate sauce.
You can fool the eyes, but not the taste buds.
These delicious bowls of rice really take the cake.
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