Gimme Gimme Ghibli: Totoro Cake Tutorial

totoro cake - coco cake land

It’s TOTORO WEEK! Self proclaimed by myself and my fellow Asian Vancouver love-her-to-bacon-bits blogger Steph of I Am A Food Blog. To celebrate, I made for you a Totoro cake tutorial!

Totoro Cake with paper confetti - Coco Cake Land tutorial

For some reason I’ve been humbuggy about Halloween posts this year. Maybe it’s because I bought a 128 piece box of Halloween candy and have been mindlessly scarfing candy after candy and feeling like a bloated chumpkin (that’s Chinese pumpkin) so secretly hating the “holiday” that’s brought the muffin top on. Or maybe I’m in denial that the seasons truly snowball into each other and suddenly there’s Halloween posts everywhere crammed down my face and I don’t like to be rushed. Like, I still have records and my VHS tapes I want to hold on to, mini hoarder style, and I still have my Betsey Johnson crepe silk flowery peter-pan collar grunge-era dress from grade 10. Oh – and my 20 year high school reunion is coming up so I file that under a What-The-Fuzz is happening. So I say: Father Time, while you are intent on making me old and grey and making my life go by ultra fast, I will still forever be frozen in time arrested development zonkbonked out by SUPER KAWAII CUTE CHILDRENLAND things like the fuzzy, bizarro, a little bit scary but fat and cute, sort of owl/cat/raccoon-y creature, oversized and cuddly TOTORO.

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So join me in never growing up! Let’s make a Totoro cake!

You Will Need:

  • A baked and completely cooled 2 layer round cake. I made an 8 inch round cake.
  • 4 cups of vanilla buttercream tinted grey – use a tiny amount of black gel food colouring to do this!
  • An offset spatula
  • A piping bag fitted with a multi-opening tip (also known as the grass tip). I use Wilton #233.
  • A 3 inch ball of white fondant
  • A 3 inch ball of grey fondant
  • A 1 inch ball of black fondant
  • A rolling pin and a small amount of cornstarch
  • Wooden BBQ skewers
  • A paring knife
  • Piping tips in two sizes (optional)

my neighbor totoro cake tutorial

Step One

Fill and frost your baked and cooled two layer cake. Need a little brush-up on how to frost a cake?

my neighbor totoro cake tutorial

Step Two

After you’ve covered the entire cake with buttercream, smooth it with a bench scraper. Set aside.

my neighbor totoro cake tutorial

my neighbor totoro cake tutorial

Step Three

Prepare your fondant! Roll out your white fondant. Using a large piping tip as a cutter, punch out two holes for Totoro’s eyes.

my neighbor totoro cake tutorial

Roll out a small amount of black fondant; using a smaller piping tip as a cutter, punch out two black irises! Using a tiny dab of water, adhere the black circle to the white circle. While you’re working with the black fondant, make a black triangle nose and some whiskers by rolling the fondant between your palms into skinny snake-like pieces.

my neighbor totoro cake tutorial

Roll out a small amount of the grey fondant. Using the large piping tip again, punch out 4 circles. Cut each one in half with a paring knife.

my neighbor totoro cake tutorial

Using the smaller piping tip, punch out a half-circle, forming a grey “rainbow” like shape for Totoro’s belly. Note: you can also shape his belly pieces by hand, too! Simply roll the grey fondant into tube like shapes and fold over to a rainbow shape.

my neighbor totoro cake tutorial

Shape two larger pieces of grey fondant into pointy bunny-like ears. Totoro’s face is ready!

my neighbor totoro cake tutorial

Step Four

Roll out a larger piece of fondant. Place a cereal bowl face down on it and cut around using your paring knife.

my neighbor totoro cake tutorial

This will be Totoro’s white tummy!

my neighbor totoro cake tutorial

Use the remaining grey tinted buttercream to fill your piping bag fitted with the multi-opening tip.

my neighbor totoro cake tutorial

Now get ready to make Totoro come to CAKE LIFE!

my neighbor totoro cake tutorial

Step Five

Looking down at your cake in a bird’s eye view, carefully place the white fondant circle onto the lower part of the cake so the edge of the circle meets the edge of the bottom of your cake.

my neighbor totoro cake tutorial

Step Six

It’s piping time!! Start piping Totoro’s fur – going around the edge of the white circle, completely cover the rest of the cake.

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Once the top is all done, continue piping fur on the sides of the cake.

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All piped! Give your wrist a little thank you and ice it if you need to (ha.)

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Time to put Totoro’s face on! Gently press the eyes into the fur.

making of totoro cake - my neighbor totoro cake tutorial

Put his little triangular nose on. Note the placement to ensure Totoro-likeness! Then, using a chopstick and a tiny amount of water as glue, place the grey rainbow shapes onto Totoro’s belly.

my neighbor totoro cake tutorial

Place all the rainbow shapes on and then his whiskers, too!

my neighbor totoro cake tutorial

Plunge them wooden skewers into the side of Tote’s head! TOTORO HAS COME TO LIFEEEEEE!

finished totoro cake with paper confetti

Hooray Totoro Week! Steph’s got Totoro apple pie pancakes on her blog so far and we both have more Totoro posts on the way so come on back to the blog soon! Do you have a favourite Miyazaki film or character? And how many mini chocolate bars does it take to squeeze into my floral Betsey Johnson grade 10 dress for my 20 year high school reunion? Ha. xo Lyndsay 

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