My Neighbor Totoro Cake Tutorial !

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Have you seen My Neighbor Totoro? Equal parts super cute, creepy and weepy-making, it’s a Japanese animation starring two little sisters who get swept up in a sweetly kooky fantasy world as they cope with their mother’s illness. The star of the beloved film is a big, puffy, furry and grey magical creature, Totoro! So it’s self-proclaimed TOTORO WEEK once again, too! This year, along with my sweet pal Steph of I Am A Food Blog, we are joined by some other Totoro-loving cuties online – a growing list of links below. I decided to give some buttercream loving to Totoro’s furry BFF – Blue Totoro. Of course you can always make him grey instead of blue, or you can make this My Neighbor Totoro cake tutorial from last year’s T-week alongside the blue guy for a real Totoro cake feast!

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My Neighbor Totoro Cake Tutorial

You will need: 

  • 1 recipe for your favourite cake, or 1 boxed cake mix
  • One 6 inch cake pan
  • One half of this “sports ball” cake pan, or a 6 inches in diameter stainless steel mixing bowl.
  • 3 cups of vanilla buttercream, tinted blue
  • A piping bag fitted with a multi-opening tip (also known as the grass tip)
  • 4 inch ball of light blue fondant (tinted to match the buttercream colour)
  • 3 inch ball of white fondant
  • 1 inch ball of black fondant
  • 2 wooden skewers
  • Optional: a bubble tea plastic straw or dowel

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Step One

Bake and cool the 6 inch round cake and half sphere cake until completely cool. Level and frost the top of the flat cake and place the sphere cake on top as shown.

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Step Two

Insert bubble tea straw into the center of the cake, pushing down until you reach the bottom cake; snip off excess straw. This step helps with keeping the cake straight while frosting it but it’s not completely necessary.

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Step Three

Using an offset spatula or butter knife, frost the entire exterior of the cake.

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It doesn’t need to be completely smooth or perfect because you will be piping “fur” on top!

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Step Four

Make the fondant pieces – take a small piece of the white fondant to create circle eyes. I roll it out with a rolling pin and use a piping tip as a mini cutter. Roll the rest of the fondant out and shape it into a half-circle for Totoro’s tummy. I used a pizza cutter to trim it. Take the black fondant and make two black circles for Totoro’s eyes, and a little arrowhead shape for his nose. Using the blue fondant, make three little rainbow shapes for his tummy. Use the remaining fondant to mold two pointy ears; insert into wooden skewers and trim skewers as necessary to fit the cake.

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Step Five

Start by placing the white “tummy” on the bottom of the cake.

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Step Six

Begin to pipe fur around the edge of the white tummy; continue piping until the entire cake is covered!

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Step Seven

Once the entire cake is covered in fur, place the eyes, nose and ears into the top! Heyyyyy budddddy! It’s like bringing Frosty the Snowman to life.

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Stunned!

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Caught from a slightly side angle! Still stunned.

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Sorry my friend. I had to slice in. Your cake layers are such a pretty blue-green hue, too.

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Yay! Totoro party!

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MORE GOODNESS FOR TOTORO WEEK: 

I Am A Food Blog’s Buttermilk Totoro Pancakes! Hehe!

Totoro CRONUTS by Kaitlin over at Whisk Kid!

Hungry Girl Por Vida’s Black Sesame Totoro Shortbread!

Vickie is the Totoro CUTENESS master!

Steph’s Soot Sprite Avocado Onigiri! 

Fix Feast Flair’s Black Sesame Craquelin Cream Puffs!

Vickie’s drippy Totoro ICE CREAM CONE piped cookies.

I want to thank Steph for encouraging me to do Totoro Week again. Working on this cake gave me a little jolt of fun and made me excited to make something – it’s nice to feel a little normal instead of like a weirdo/cancer-y. Steph, you have been such a sweet friend to me through these last 8 months, from that huge beautiful bouquet of flowers after my surgery to making me MIFFY SPAM MUSUBI when I was seriously down in the dumps after my chemo treatment. You are thoughtful and lovely! *Sniff*! Happy Totoro-making, everyone! xo Lyndsay 

17 Responses to “My Neighbor Totoro Cake Tutorial !”

  1. Totoro Soot Sprite Avocado Onigiri · i am a food blog i am a food blog

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  2. cynthia

    Oh my gosh, Lyndsay. First of all, you and Steph always make my entire week with Totoro Week; second, “equal parts super cute, creepy and weepy-making” is pretty much the most apt description I’ve ever heard of My Neighbor Totoro; and third, I love that you paid homage to blue Totoro!!!! YAY! The wee Totoros slay me with cuteness. So much love for all of this <3 <3

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    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      Aw thanks Cynthia! I find that description quite apt for most of Miyazaki’s animations, too, haha! XO

  3. Cindy

    I LOVE this. Also, I am glad I joined up even though decorating things gives me crazy anxiety. It was fun to get out of my comfort zone. I’m so happy this was an uplifting cake for you to make. It’s seriously incredible, Lyndsay!

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    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      Cindy you are a sweet soul. Thank you. So glad you joined in on Totoro week! xo

  4. Amanda

    Lyndsay!! You blow me away with your cute cute cakes!!! Even better a totoro cake! It’s a great idea to use a boba tea straw to support the cake (I would’ve never thought of that)! Which reminds me I should make an Asian market trip for some more because I make boba tea at home so much. I also enjoyed the disected totoro shot :p

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    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      Thank you Amanda! Boba tea straws make great “dowels” for stacking cakes! ^__^ Mmmmm bubble tea… (PS I’m glad you liked the sliced Totoro shot, it’s one of my faves of the bunch!)

  5. gyoza*girl

    i looooooove totoro! such cuties. this blue one is especially super kawaii though. and yay for you making and baking stuff. and hooray for you and your amazing blogger friends to make *totoro week* a Thing. you’re the best. love your biggest fan. xo

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    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      aw thanks sis!!! remember my first ever Totoro cake!? for Brody’s 1st birthday, almost 8 years ago now! wahhhh xo

  6. Totoro Black Sesame Shortbread - hungrygirlporvida.com

    […] that he snuggles with and one of his first words was “Toto.” Thank you Stephanie and Lyndsay for the inspiration and be sure to check out everyone’s contributions (Totoro cronuts! […]

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  8. Amanda

    THIS IS AMAZING! I have a friend who is so obsessed with Totoro. I have to show this to her!

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  9. Alana

    I LUVVV this!! I’m so inspired by your masterpieces!! And this tutorial totally has me feeling like I can make this blue cutie. I feel like that one doesn’t get enough love!! Also, yay for #totoroweek. You guys are so awesome for pulling together all this cuteness!!

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  10. I'd Eat That - hungrygirlporvida.com

    […] My Neighbor Totoro Cake Tutorial–Lyndsay always brings the cuteness with her cakes, this blue Totoro is awesome. […]

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  11. Courtney | Fork to Belly

    This is just the cutest cake EVAR, Lyndsay!!!! You inspire me to someday muster up the courage to make a cake like this! You are so unbelievably talented, lady<33

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  12. Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com

    Stop being so cute! I love this!!

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  13. Mitch

    Oh My God this is amazingly cute! And I’m gonna be so fat eating this!

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