Totoro Cake Topper


I mentioned that my nugget has a birthday coming up. Currently, her biggest obsessions are Totoro and 1960’s Godzilla movies. If you’re not familiar with Totoro, you should do yourself a favor and get acquainted. (

My Neighbor Totoro came out in 1988 and is a total classic. The Japanese cartoon’s story centers around two sisters who move to the country with their father, while their mother is sick in the hospital. They become friends with a forest spirit named Totoro. Not only is Totoro friendly and cuddly and awesome, but the story displays a lot of respect for nature, and family bonding. So, naturally, hubs and I thoroughly approve of Sofia’s fondness for it.


The only thing is, since it’s an older Japanese cartoon you can’t exactly run down to the nearest Toys R Us to pick up Totoro stuff.

Hubs and I made the decision not to throw a big birthday party this year. We had originally though we could pull one together, but just have too much shit going on. So, to make up for it a little, I’ve been trying to step it up in other ways.

Onward to this craft project.

I plan on baking a cake, and had thought to buy a little Godzilla toy to use as a cake topper. Much to my dismay I found that finding classic Godzilla isn’t quite so easy. (And, boy, does my kid have eclectic taste!) Finally, on a whim, I just said screw it and decided to make a Totoro.

Sculpey is one of my best friends.

First I rolled up a piece of aluminum foil into a tight ball to fill the little dude out a bit. From there I started slowly adding his features.

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Popped him in the oven when I was done with the sculpting. One of his ears popped off (due to an air bubble). No worries. Super glue can fix almost anything.

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Then on to the painting. I tend to add darker colors first and then layer light colors on top. Don’t know if that’s “correct”, but I feel like it adds a little depth to the color.


Finished painting him and added a layer of glaze on top. Viola!

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Little dude still needs some whiskers. After that, I’m hoping he’ll do nicely.

And, I know. For crying out loud, it’s just a cake topper! Something that the nugget won’t even remember, so why go through all the trouble? Well, because I can. The way I see it, there will be plenty of times in my life that I won’t be able to do shit like this for my kids. So, when I can, I do. They may remember. They may not. But I’ll know. And, that’s enough:)


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