How to make a Lemon Totoro Cake!
Step 1: Lemon Cake
400g / 1 and 3/4 Cups Unsalted Butter
400g / 1 and 3/4 Cups Caster Sugar
400g / 3 and 1/4 Self-Raising Flour
Zest of 2 Lemons
2-3tbsp Lemon Juice
For the cake, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Slowly add in the eggs one at a time. Add in the flour and mix together. Grater the zest of two lemons and squeeze out the the juice and pour into the batter along with the milk. Place two thirds of the batter into a rectangular baking dish and the other third into a circle cake tin. Bake both at 180degrees celsius for 20-30 minutes.
Step 2: Buttercream Frosting
225g / 1 Cup Unsalted Butter
375g / 3 Cups Icing Sugar
2tsp Vanilla Extract
For the buttercream frosting beat the butter and slowly add in the icing sugar. Mix the frosting on a high speed for 5 minutes until pale and fluffy. To finish add in the milk and vanilla and mix again.
Step 3: Frost the Cake
Once the cakes have cooled, use a template to cut out of Totoro's body. Use the white frosting for Totoro's belly and add black food colouring to create a grey colour for the rest of the body. Make a crumb coat and place into a fridge for one hour before adding another coat of the frosting.
Step 4: Decorate
Put Tototro's belly in place and use frosting to fill in any gaps. Using white fondant create eyes and add details white black icing.