Pencil cake, take two

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So last year, you may have remembered me "attempting" to make the pencil cake and totally butchering it.  Well, I'm going to try it again for my kids who just started school today.  I thought I'd post the recipe again in case anyone else wants to try it.  I'll post pics for your amusement ;0) tomorrow.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS: 8-inch square pan of brownies, uncut 1 3/4 cups white frosting Yellow and pink food coloring 1/4 cup chocolate frosting Sandwich bag

1. Turn the cooled pan of brownies upside down and tap on the bottom to remove the brownie square. Cut it as shown (A) and arrange the two largest pieces into a pencil shape (B).

2. Cover the pointed end with white frosting. Tint 1 cup of frosting yellow, then spread it over the middle of the cake.

3. Next, tint 1/2 cup pink for the eraser. Pipe on a chocolate frosting zigzag and pencil point using a sandwich bag with the corner snipped off.

4. For an added effect, set the pencil on a piece of foam core decorated to look like lined paper and pipe on a chocolate frosting message.

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What traditions do you have for the first day of school?  This one is ours.