Cool Homemade Cake Decoration Ideas and Photos

Take a look at the coolest Pencil-shaped cake decoration ideas and photos. You’ll also find loads of homemade cake ideas and DIY birthday cake inspiration.

Cake by Tamera B., Smyrna, GA

Cool Homemade Cake Decoration Ideas and Photos

I was asked to make a cake in the shape of a pencil for the coworker of a friend of mine. They were having an office celebration and the lady was known to use pencils quite a bit. I couldn’t even remember when the last time was that I used a number 2 pencil so I was mostly going off of memory and looked at a couple of pictures on the internet to find inspiration for this unique cake decoration.

The first thing I did the day before baking the cake was coloring the icing. I still can’t believe how exact I got the colors. For the pencil color, I started mixing equal parts of orange and yellow and once the shading was pretty good, I put in a smidge of brown to darken it a bit.

For the eraser part of the cake, I mixed in pink and orange and a smidge of red and brown to get almost a terra cotta color. For the wood part, I used a very small bit of brown. And for the lead and silver band, I used black….more for the lead than for the band.

The pencil-shaped cake decoration was one layer of chocolate and one layer of vanilla. Each layer was baked, cut in half lengthwise and laid end to end with a bit of buttercream as glue. (One layer on top of the other). On one end, I cut the cake into a triangular shape for the tip of the pencil. I chose to use a star tip to do most of the icing (#16 or #18) although that takes more time.

For the eraser part, I smoothed it on so that it had the smooth look of an eraser. For the silver band I also dusted on some silver petal dust to give it a shimmer.

The cake fit perfectly on a full sheet cake board, laid diagonally. It was actually pretty simple, just took quite a bit of time and patience but really fun to do!

Have fun with your own cake decoration ideas!

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