Catbus may very well be the ultimate feline party train – a flying fat cat faced furry magical bus that flies through the air, splaying eight fluffy spider-like legs, transporting sad children to catch a glimpse of their ill mother who is recovering in hospital. Continuing my celebratory snack attack EDIBLE TOTORO WEEK with I Am A Food Blog, I present to you: CATBUS CAKE!
You Will Need:
- 1 recipe for a cake of your choice baked in a loaf pan (I used a 9 x 5 x 3 inch) and cooled completely.
- 2 cups of vanilla buttercream, tinted a slight yellow/orange
- 2 cups of chocolate buttercream
- An offset spatula
- 2 piping bags fitted with a multi opening tip
- wooden BBQ skewers
- 1 inch ball of yellow fondant
- 1/2 inch ball of orange fondant
- 4 inch ball of white fondant
- 1 inch ball of black fondant
- Rolling pin
- Small amount of cornstarch
- A paring knife or pizza cutter
- Piping tips in two sizes to use as small circle cutters
- A cake board or large plate. I used a 10 inch round cake board.
Carefully remove your loaf shaped cake from the pan. Begin spreading it generously with buttercream.
Cover the entire cake with buttercream – don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfectly frosted because you’ll be piping on top of it.
Make your fondant details. Using the white fondant, make two triangles for the catbus ears. Cut a wooden skewer in two and place a triangle on each skewer. Roll out a log-like piece for the catbus tail. Using your rolling pin, roll out the remaining white fondant. Using the pizza cutter, slice rectangular “windows” in even sizes. Finally, Cut out a banana-like shape for the smiley teeth – indent teeth marks by gently pressing down with a paring knife (without cutting through). Make an upside down triangle catbus nose using the orange fondant. Roll out the yellow fondant and punch out two large eyes and a “slit” like shape for the cat’s pupil. Roll out the black fondant and punch out black circles for the irises. Adhere it all together with a tiny amount of water. Roll the remaining black fondant into cat whiskers!
Place the eyes and teeth on the designated front of the loaf cake by gently pressing into the buttercream. Insert the ears.
Press the windows into the sides of the cake.
Place the “tail” on the cake board. Get your piping bags ready!
Pipe an inverted triangle shape of chocolate buttercream onto the face of the catbus.
Continue piping the entire top of the catbus with the chocolate buttercream.
Pipe a line of chocolate buttercream across the side, underneath the windows!
Pipe around the edges of the ears!
Using the tinted buttercream, fill in the rest of CATBUS! Give him fur, people! Let him live!!
Pipe the tail, too! Finally, place the nose and the whiskers on his face!
I made a few speech bubbly hand stamped signs for my Catbus Cake! GET ON MY BUS! (no presh). I also hand drew a fat and funny Totoro! You can also make a Totoro out of fondant, too!
Slice in before CATBUS cruises off!
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The green tea catbus cake I made for my nephew years ago!
How To Make A Totoro Cake - my post earlier this week!
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Way back in 2009 when I made a million felt Totoros and my first fondant cake for my nephew’s 1st Totoro birthday!
The original catbus cake that inspired this tutorial!
Happy Totoro cake making, everyone! xo Lyndsay
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