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Totoro Meets Minion

My brother Patrick had a surprise birthday party orchestrated by his fiancé Kelly.  Great company and great food!  Even the kids had soo much fun dancing and running around the place.   For his birthday I made him 2 cakes to accomodate 50 plus friends and relatives.

 Birtday boy greeted by his Gorilla friend.

Peace sign Bronze and Saluting Charisma with their cousins.  Some
of the kids at the party.

We want CAKE!!!

Patrick's favourite Hayao Mayasaki anime character from the anime "My Neighbour Totoro".  Its a giant fluffy mystical thing that protects little kids.  Here is how I made it....
Finished product  Totoro.

Cake pans I used: three 8" round and one Wilton Doll Mould.

Stacked the cake this way.  It is important to bake the cake a day
before sculpting and decorating.  This step is important specially
if you are working with chiffon or sponge cake.  It is better if you
freeze the cake prior to sculpting.

Inserted 3 regular straws for stabilization.  

Trimmed edges.  Applied crumbcoat after and chilled for 20 minutes
or until icing is firm.

Added the snout.  Added arms at the side of the body.  To make
the snout and arms I used a combination of crumbled cake and frosting
which creates a pudding like mixture.

Birthday boy and Kelly

Ube and Mocha cake layers.  Cut the back of
the cake first!

Its a minion themed party so there has to be a Minion cake.  This is how I made it...
Started with rice crispies base.  To make it
proportional the height has to be 2x bigger than
the width of the minion.  Tip: Melt marsmallow in
microwave for softer and more malleable rice crispies treats .

Refrigerate for 1 hour.  Add a thin layer of frosting to
smooth out the bumps on the rice crispies and refrigerate.
After refirgeration you may cover with fondant.

Made the legs a week a head of time.  To dry them out.  100 % fondant except
 for the safety monocles.  Safety monocles are spice rack lid.  I made everything
proportional to the monocles so I  don't have to worry about making one.
NOTE:  Next time make the eyes flat and brush with pipping
gell to create "glass" effect.  


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