HOWTO make adorable, edible Totoro cream puffs

Annathered has a wonderful, step-by-step HOWTO for creating delicious cream puffs in the shape of Totoro. The photoset is here, and the recipe and assembly instructions are here. (Thanks, Souris!)

Below, the trailer for the '80s Miyazaki anime classic on which the aforementioned dessert is based.


  1. A major point in favor of the worship of Totoro… This looks so much tastier than a communion wafer.

  2. And I just bought a wallet with Totoro on it.

    And my boyfriend calls me Totoro, as an affectionate nickname… yeah, i’m big and cuddly.

  3. i am just waiting for my daughter to grow up a bit and then i can show her totoro. right now she loves mickey mouse’s clubhouse. bleaugh.

  4. oh I can’t wait to make these! My son was born in the late 80’s and Totoro was one of our favorites! Next time he’s home, I’m serving these! thankyou!

  5. For fans of My Neighbor Totoro who prefer savory items, add a bit of Gruyère to the choux paste and you’ll have adorable, edible Totoro Gougères. You’ll probably want to make the eyes with sour cream and caviar or something, in that case.

    Seriously though, profiteroles (cream puffs) are nice and all, but gougères are one of the best things in the world. There’s a good, illustrated step-by-step here. I’ve always used the method in Larousse Gastronomique, if you have access to a copy. All of the choux pastry variations are actually pretty easy.

  6. #5, monstrinho_do_biscoito: How old? My son has been watching (and re-watching, and re-watching) this since he was a little before two years old. Makes ME smile every time…

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