Ann Reardon

Subway Cake


I’ve seen plenty of hamburger and subway cakes that have all the details made out of fondant. For me that’s just a bit much. If it looks beautiful but doesn’t taste beautiful, it isn’t beautiful. What’s on the inside really does matter. For this cake I used ingredients other than fondant wherever possible for the subway cake fillings

subway sandwich cake

To make your very own subway sandwich cake you will need to make:

This makes one foot long subway which feeds 12 people. If you will have more people at your party you could make a longer sub or make several foot longs.

Chocolate Lettuce

chocolate lettuce ann reardon subway cake
100g (3.53 ounces) compound white chocolate
green and yellow oil based food colouring
non-stick baking paper

Because the lettuce is so fine, compound chocolate works best because it has a higher melting point. Melt the chocolate and mix through the desired amount of colouring. Tip: if you mix the colouring through a small amount of the chocolate first then add it to the rest it is easier to get it to mix in.

Candy Salami

candy salami recipe ann reardon
85g (3 ounces) butter85g (3 ounces) butter
270g (9.52 ounces) white chocolate
1 cup finely chopped nuts – I used walnuts and almonds
red and blue gel food colouring

Melt together the butter and chocolate. If you do this in the microwave do 30 seconds stir, 20 sec stir then repeat 10 sec stir until meted. Add in the desired amount of food colouring then mix in the nuts.

Tip onto some plastic wrap, roll up as shown in the video and place in the freezer for a few hours to firm up. If you’re making this a day ahead the fridge will be fine. Hint: to stop it going flat at the bottom put some plastic wrap loosely over a rectangular baking tin to make like a hammock and rest the roll on that.

Candy Pepperoni

subway cake candy pepperoni
2 cups or 400g (14.11 ounces) marshmallows
100g (3.53 ounces) white chocolate
1/2 cup nuts
1/2 cup dried apricots
orange gel food colouring

Finely chop the nuts and dried apricots together.
Melt the marshmallows and chocolate in the microwave, stirring regularly. Mix in the desired amount of colouring. Then stir through the apricots and nuts. Place onto plastic wrap and roll as shown in the video. Refrigerate overnight or put in the freezer for several hours.

Candy Cheese

subway cake tutorial cheese
170g (6 ounces) banana lollies
1 Tablespoon of water
Place the banana lollies and water into bowl, microwave until melted. Stir well and pour onto non-stick baking paper. Place in the fridge until set enough to cut. Cut into triangles then store in an airtight container in the fridge. Note: at room temp this is sticky and soft so put onto the cake straight from the fridge while it is firmer.


subway cake fondant cucumber ann reardon
50g (1.76 ounces) Very Pale green fondant – almost white
50g (1.76 ounces) mid coloured green fondant
20g (0.71 ounces) deep cucumber skin green fondant
a plastic drinking straw

This one is easy to do but too hard to explain in writing, it will be much easier if you watch the video.


fondant jalapeño how to cook that
20g (0.71 ounces) Pale yellowy green fondant
20g (0.71 ounces) Deep Green fondant
A bubble tea plastic straw

Watch the video for a demonstration of how to make these realistic looking fondant jalapeños

Mayonnaise & Mustard

chocolate mayonaise ann reardon

100g (3.53 ounces) real white chocolate (check this ingredients have cocoa butter not vegetable fat)
35mL (1.18 fluid ounces) cream
white food colouring
brown food colouring

Melt the chocolate and mix in the cream, use a whisk to combine it well. Split into two bowls and add a tiny bit of brown to the ‘mustard’ bowl and some white food colouring to the ‘mayonnaise’ bowl. Leave to cool and thicken up. Note: If you put it in the fridge it will be too solid to pipe. Leave it at room temperature.


subway cake fondant olive ann reardon

Grey fondant with a slight hint of green.
Black Gel food colouring
A bubble tea fat straw and a small cookie cutter.

Roll out the fondant and cut circles using the cookie cutter. Cut out the centres using the straw. Paint the outside black. Hint: if you get gel on the top, wash it off using a tiny bit of water on a paintbrush. Use a knife to add some indents around the centre hole.


subway cake tomato

Red lolly snakes or similar type of red lolly.
yellow and white food colouring
greased circle cookie cutter

Melt the lollies in the microwave, 20 sec stir, 10 sec stir and repeat 10 sec stir until done. Mix in some yellow and white food colouring until you get the correct tomato colour. Pour enough for one tomato slice into a greased cookie cutter that is resting on a board covered in baking paper. Place in the fridge until firm then push out of the circle. Re-melt what is in the bowl and repeat. Note: These are yummy but hard to cut through when you’re cutting the cake.

Chocolate Turkey

subway cake chocolate turkey
Real white chocolate
cocoa powder
A piece of marble / stone /corian bench top that is small enough to fit in your freezer. It needs to be really cold so put in the freezer overnight. Hint: If your ‘turkey’ sets before you have a chance to bend it move it onto some baking paper and let it soften a bit, bend and move back onto the cold. Once firm leave in the fridge for the chocolate to set properly.

Salt and Pepper

subway cake pepper how to cook that
sugar for salt
90% cocoa dark chocolate grated for the pepper

Vanilla Cake for the ‘Bread’

1 tray of my vanilla cake recipe
260g (9.17 ounces) margarine
210g (7.41 ounces) icing sugar
6 eggs
260g (9.17 ounces) almond meal
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp baking powder
90g (3.17 ounces) flour

Preheat the oven to 180C (356 degrees Fahrenheit). Place all the ingredients except the baking powder and flour into a mixing bowl and mix until smooth and really well mixed. Add the flour and baking powder and mix until just combined. Spread evenly into baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper. My tray is 15″ x 10″. Bake for approximately 23 minutes.

Once cooled cut out two rectangles that are 30cm (11.81 inches) x 8.5 cm (3.35 inches) and round out the corners. You’ll be left with a strip that is 30cm (11.81 inches) x 5cm (1.97 inches) and you’ll need that for the top of the bun.

Vanilla buttercream

120g (4.23 ounces) butter or margarine
2 1/2 cups or 315g (11.11 ounces) icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence

Combine all ingredients and mix for 4 minutes with electric beaters.

To cover the ‘bread’

400g (14.11 ounces) pale tan fondant
cocoa powder

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Thanks to James from the odd1sout for being in this video here’s one of his Sooubway videos for you…

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21 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 3.5

    This recipe is amazing. I made it and my little cousins went insane. Ann, i have a question. can you probably make an animaniacs cake? i love the show and i cant find a way to make it a cake. thanks.

  2. Rating: 5

    wow 😮 how did you do that? if I did that it would not be that impressive

    • I know joseph aka myself

      • hi myself

        • i am lonly

  3. Rating: 5

    Hi Ann,
    We just tried your chocolate buttercream recipe on a homemade yellow cake and we love it! However, the cake recipe (it wasn’t yours) was just OK. I looked up “yellow cake recipe” on your site and found this one, but the recipe above just says to use your vanilla cake and doesn’t link to the recipe. Can you link me to a recipe for your vanilla or yellow cake? We would be using a 9×13 if that helps. Can’t wait to try it!

  4. Rating: 5

    I haven’t baked in years, and I wanted to surprise my little brother for his 16th birthday! (He and I are mildly obsessed with subway) and hopefully this’ll be the perfect treat to go along with his surprise party! Great recipe, and appreciate the tons of work that goes into making videos like these (just replicating them is hard enough!)

  5. Rating: 3

    Are you able to provide the food colour/s and number of drops you used to get the tan colour for the bread? I’m attempting to make this for my son’s birthday and I have no idea how to get the shade right…

  6. Rating: 5

    I love baking and I would like to try to make this! That being said, my mom and I both have nut allergies. What would you suggest as a substitute?

  7. Rating: 5

    I Made this cake for my dad’s birthday tomorrow. He likes the chicken teriyaki subway sandwich on an Italian bun. My red lolly’s for the tomatoes didn’t quite melt right, so I used fondant for that. For the chicken teriyaki I cut marshmallows into pieces and colored them with cocoa powder and red and brown food coloring. Thank you so much for the tutorial!! Greetings from the Netherlands!

    • And I used crunched up pecan and pistachio nuts with grated dark chocolate for the seasoning from the Italian bun.

    • ?? looks great, what a good idea for the chicken and the seasoning. Happy birthday to your dad.

  8. Rating: 5

    is it vegetarian

    • Strangely, yes. There is no meat in it, but lots of dairy and eggs so not suitable for vegans.

  9. Rating: 4.5

    This recipe looks so fun but I’m allergic to nuts. What would you recommend as a substitute?

  10. Rating: 5

    can I use butter instead of margarine?

    • Hi Elisabeth, yes you can.

  11. Rating: 5

    What kind of banana lollies for the cheese?

  12. Rating: 5

    Wow that is amazing!

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