No-Bake Back-to-School Pencil Cake

As I mentioned previously, school started this week. Not only that, but my little Con Man is now a Kindergartener. In addition to the special place setting he got to use, I also made him {and D, of course} a pencil cake.

No-bake Back to School Pencil CakeI made this for the first time a couple of years ago after I saw the instructions {I can’t even call it a recipe, really, because there’s no baking involved!} in Food Network Magazine

It’s pretty much the easiest cake ever. Even if you have absolutely positively no baking or cake decorating skills whatsoever, I promise you, you can make this cake. The recipe says it takes an hour and 20 minutes, but it took me less than 45.

I followed the Food Network instructions {be sure to click the tab that says “Photos” to see step-by-step pictures}, but I have a few tips/suggestions for you to make the whole process even easier.

1. Make the pencil tip first and put it in the fridge/freezer while you do the rest. If you wait to do it until it tells you to in the instructions, you’ll have the rest of the cake done and will be waiting for the chocolate to harden.

2. When you’re making the eraser, I found it’s looks a lot better when you do two coats of frosting. Place the rack over a sheet of parchment paper, and pour your first coat over the eraser piece. {You may need to use a spoon to get it to completely cover the sides.} Let your first coat sit for a few minutes to set, and then scrape the excess frosting off the parchment and back into your measuring cup. Reheat in the microwave just for a few seconds, and pour on the 2nd coat. 

3. I added one drop of red food coloring to the yellow frosting to make the color a bit more like actual pencils. 

4. This cake is pretty much impossible to move once it’s done, so frost it on whatever platter you plan on serving it. To keep the plate clean, tuck 3-4 inch wide strips of parchment paper under it on all sides. Then, when you’re done icing the cake, slip them out. Voila, clean plate!

5. When frosting the cake, definitely use an offset spatula. If you don’t have one, get one. They’re really inexpensive, and you can find them pretty much anywhere these days. It make icing a cake about a bajillion times easier. {That’s a scientific fact. I did a poll.} Don’t worry about making the beveled edges of the pencil yet, just cover the whole cake with the yellow icing. Once it’s completely covered in frosting, hold your offset spatula at a slight angle, and follow the beveled edges all the way down the cake. This helps you get that beveled pencil look, and also smooths out the frosting.

6. I couldn’t find “green sour belt candies” {I don’t even know what the heck those are}, so I used Fruit by the Foot. And when you add the eraser, it’s not going to fit nicely up against the edge of the cake, because you trimmed the cake to create the beveled edges. Again, don’t panic: just cover up that seam with one of your strips of candy, and no one will know the difference. 

7. Trimming the chocolate to make a pencil tip is pretty much impossible. If you run hot water over your knife {be sure to dry it before cutting the chocolate}, it helps a little. But don’t panic if it breaks — mine did, so I just flipped it over used that as the bottom. No biggy.

No-Bake Back-to-School Pencil Cake from Endlessly Inspired

That’s it! I absolutely love projects that look like you spent all day in the kitchen but don’t even require you to turn on your oven!  

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  • maria @ close to home
    August 30, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    what a great cake. Thanks for linking up to friday food frenzy this week.

  • Sandi
    August 31, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Your pencil cake is so amazingly cute.

  • Sue {munchkin munchies}
    August 31, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Your pencil cake is so cute! Thanks for the tips! I Food Network magazine has some fun food projects:)

  • Kathy
    August 31, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Hi Jenn, this is just adorable. I, too, love recipes that are simple, yet look like you spent all day in the kitchen. I’m sure your son was just thrilled with it.
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  • Jessi @ Practically Functional
    August 31, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    This is such a cute idea, I love it! Pinned, and thanks so much for sharing at my link party!

  • Jenifer@ Not Quite Mom of the Year
    August 31, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Too cute Jenn! My kids will love this!

  • Diana Rambles
    September 2, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    This is adorable!!

  • KIm (TheKimSixFix)
    September 3, 2013 at 12:45 am

    That is cute.. and i like the red more than the green!

  • T'onna
    September 3, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Cute cake! Prefect after school snack… Well, I guess you have to eat dinner first. lol

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  • Lisa
    September 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    How awesome is that, I bet he loved it ~ Lisa

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    September 6, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    How adorable!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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    September 7, 2013 at 12:12 am

    How cute is this!? I love it and can’t wait to make one! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    September 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    What a super cute cake. I will be featuring this tomorrow night at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

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    September 10, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Very Cute! Thanks so much for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist.
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    September 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    What an adorable idea! This would be so fun for a back to school party or thank you for a teacher. Thanks for sharing this creative project!

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