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How to Make a Pencil Cake

Get a sweet start to the school year with this easy pencil cake from Food Network Magazine.
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This pencil takes the cake! Use a frozen pound cake for the project: It's denser and easier to slice than one from the bakery section.

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Cut a 2-inch piece from one cake for the eraser; set aside. Trim 1/2 inch from the uncut ends of both cakes. Line up the cakes to make 1 long cake.

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Using a paring knife, score 2 lines down the length of both cakes, 1 1/4 inches in from each side. With the lines as a guide, trim the cake sides at an angle, as shown.

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Mix 1/2 cup vanilla frosting, the red food coloring and 3 drops yellow food coloring in a glass liquid measuring cup. Microwave the frosting about 20 seconds, stirring every 5 seconds.

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