Do you remember those Pink Pearl erasers? Of course I loved that eraser when I was in school – it was pink! And one eraser would last the whole school year. For our back to school dinner, of course we had to have a back to school themed cake! Cake decorating skills is not really one of my things, though. But, I wanted to make something cute, but not too complicated that the kids would enjoy. When I started thinking about school supplies, my favorite pink eraser came to mind and I knew what to make!
Writing with icing is so much more difficult than it looks! I drink way too much coffee, so my hands are anything but steady. So, I used a little trick that was simple, but made my writing much better.
Instead of trying to free hand the writing with icing, I traced the logo using parchment paper and melted chocolate. To do this, find a picture online of the logo you are trying to create and print it out at approximately the size you’d like the logo to be. Cover the logo with parchment paper. Melt about 1/4 cup of melting chocolate, then pour it into a piping bag with a small icing tip. I used Wiltom #4. Then, I started practicing over and over, again. I finally got a logo that I could live with. Let the chocolate completely harden. Once it is hardened, use a offset spatula to gently lift it off of the parchment paper.
To make the cake shaped like the ubiquitous eraser, I first baked the entire cake mix in a small 9×11 glass baking pan. Once it was cool, I inverted it onto a cake plate and used a serrated knife to trim each end at about a 45 degree angle. It would have looked even more like a Pink Pearl eraser if I had made the cake a little narrow and not so square shaped. However, I certainly didn’t want to waste all of that yummy cake 🙂
To serve with the eraser cake, we had milk with Pencil Drink Stirrers. I love these DIY Pencil Drink Stirrers for back to school. But, instead of using crepe paper and metallic twine for the ones I made, I used pink tissue paper to create the ‘eraser” and aluminum foil to create the look of the metal end of a pencil. Since I already had those item around the house, it saved me a trip to the craft store!