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.
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)
Fill and frost your baked and cooled two layer cake. Need a little brush-up on how to frost a cake?
After you’ve covered the entire cake with buttercream, smooth it with a bench scraper. Set aside.
Prepare your fondant! Roll out your white fondant. Using a large piping tip as a cutter, punch out two holes for Totoro’s eyes.
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.
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.
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.
Shape two larger pieces of grey fondant into pointy bunny-like ears. Totoro’s face is ready!
Roll out a larger piece of fondant. Place a cereal bowl face down on it and cut around using your paring knife.
This will be Totoro’s white tummy!
Use the remaining grey tinted buttercream to fill your piping bag fitted with the multi-opening tip.
Now get ready to make Totoro come to CAKE LIFE!
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.
It’s piping time!! Start piping Totoro’s fur – going around the edge of the white circle, completely cover the rest of the cake.
Once the top is all done, continue piping fur on the sides of the cake.
All piped! Give your wrist a little thank you and ice it if you need to (ha.)
Time to put Totoro’s face on! Gently press the eyes into the fur.
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.
Place all the rainbow shapes on and then his whiskers, too!
Plunge them wooden skewers into the side of Tote’s head! TOTORO HAS COME TO LIFEEEEEE!
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