Here is the tutorial for the back to school pencil cake: You’ll need two styrofoam cake rounds, a few inches smaller in diameter than your cake stand.

1. Using tacky glue, glue the two cake rounds together and let dry.
2. Put two file size rubber bands around the styrofoam cake. Carefully slide pencils under the rubber bands until the entire styrofoam cake round is covered.
3. Add loose rubber bands on top of the cake for frosting.
4. To create the pencil candles, push red pencils with yellow eraser caps into the foam top.

Photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat.


  1. This looks super! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Kate    Tuesday, August 9, 2011
  2. you two are incredible!

    Holly    Tuesday, August 9, 2011
  3. sooooo cool. thanks

    rachel    Tuesday, August 9, 2011
  4. So fun!!!

    Kim    Tuesday, August 9, 2011
  5. Really cute! What a great idea!

    AnnieSavorThisMoment    Tuesday, August 9, 2011
  6. I adore this and will make it for my twins Kindergarten teacher using salvaged hat box, but will fill it with bags of Goldfish snacks with tags that say “O-fish-ally Kindergarteners”.
    Got the fish idea from Tip Junkie & TomKat Studios and was in search of the perfect way of presenting the first day of school snack!


    Maria K    Tuesday, August 9, 2011
  7. amazing! Easy and adorable!

    Lisa Morris    Tuesday, August 9, 2011
  8. So clever! So adorable! I’ve been enjoying all of your creative back-to-school features!


    Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17    Tuesday, August 9, 2011
  9. For an 8-inch cake round, approximately how many pencils would we need to cover it? I can’t wait to make this! :)

    Lisa Frank    Tuesday, August 9, 2011
  10. I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you are very creative!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mariel    Tuesday, August 9, 2011
  11. That’s adorable! I love the idea of “dessert tables” that aren’t boasting desserts. Have you seen the veggie tables? I LOVE them!

    Susan    Tuesday, August 9, 2011
  12. Hi Lisa Frank–For the 10-inch cake round I think we used about 96 pencils, but I’m not positive. But that might give you a good place to start! xo

    Brittany    Tuesday, August 9, 2011
  13. This would also look and taste awesome if you topped it with “real” cuppies instead of the rubber bands:) thanks for sharing….K

    Kathleen    Sunday, August 14, 2011
  14. Now how many pencils does a child need?????

    Mary    Monday, August 15, 2011
  15. MOMtrepreneur Crafter of the Day: Back-to-School Pencil Cake

    Barbara Platt    Tuesday, August 16, 2011
  16. I think this would be great to have in pictures with my students for their birthday chart or graph.

    Joanna    Tuesday, August 16, 2011
  17. This is incredible! My wheels are turning now as to what I could do with cake rounds for Fall. Thanks!

    Kim@todayismysomeday    Saturday, August 27, 2011
  18. adorable as always! love love LOVE it! And thank you so much for linking up to my Topsy Turvy Tuesday’s! I’m featuring your “cake” as our treat of the week!

    Ashlee    Tuesday, September 6, 2011
  19. Adorable!!!

    Trisha    Wednesday, September 7, 2011
  20. I absolutely love this idea! I work at an elementary school and this would be such a great centerpiece for Teacher Appreciation Week!

    Visiting by way of your link-up at Running With Glitter.


    Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17    Wednesday, September 7, 2011
  21. Tee hee, just saw that you linked up to my party too! You’re the best! Thank you! So honored and delighted to have you…


    Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17    Wednesday, September 7, 2011
  22. As a teacher, I can never have enough pencils. I have 40 students, and I have gone through hundreds of pencils! It is better than chocolate. Now if I could find a pencil sharpener that is reliable — I could retire! :)

    Mandela's Mom    Saturday, March 24, 2012
  23. I gave you a link spotlight under “Pencil Supply Cake” in my article on Preschool Teacher Appreciation Cakes.

    Ruthi    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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