Back to School Supply Cake

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I wanted to celebrate my granddaughters' return to in person school in more than a year with a back to school party! I created this cake as a centerpiece and will make a second one so each of them may take one to their new teachers for the new school year!

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Make a school supply cake to gift to your favorite teacher after a difficult year and bring a smile to their face as they welcome children back for the coming school year!

Make a school supply cake to gift to your favorite teacher after a difficult year and bring a smile to their face as they welcome children back for the coming school year!

I gathered all of these supplies with plans to make a fun and decorative back to school supply “cake”. I wanted something that would serve as a centerpiece for a back to school table I would be setting for my granddaughters’ upcoming visit.

I used three cake “dummies” for this project, but you could also use cardboard boxes either round or square. If you find some decorative boxes, they could also be filled with school supplies!

The dummies I used were 6″, 8″ and 10″. Each of them was 4″ high. I have included links to them in the supply list at the bottom of this post. I wrapped the top half of the styrofoam dummies with blue duct tape.

The first step was to stretch a large elastic rubber band around the styrofoam cake. This is the 10″ dummy circle.

I used ten boxes of 24 Crayola crayons. I tucked the crayons, one box at a time inside of the rubber band.

If you use the same boxes of crayons and the same size cake dummy, you will find that there will be a gap that is not quite large enough for that eleventh box of crayons.

I adjusted the crayons so that I had two equal size gaps on opposite sides of the “cake” and tucked a pair of child size Fiskars scissors into each of those gaps.

Between the middle and the top layer, the white showed more than I wanted, so I cut a circle of yellow card stock and glued it to the top of the middle layer to disguise it.

I finished this layer the same way as the bottom layer with the tape, and the rubber band, but this time the school supply added was glue sticks. To finish off the cake, I took a ribbon and wrapped it around each layer, hiding the rubber bands.

For my top layer I selected bright colored pencils and repeated the same process. If you want your cake layers to be secure to one another, you can use several wooden skewers to stick each layer to the layer above it.

I found this cute little pencil cup that I think any teacher might use on their desk! This will be my cake topper!

Here are all of my layers of my cake ready to be assembled!

Here is my cake, all assembled and ready to star as the centerpiece at a fun back to school table!

This is a cake that can serve as a centerpiece for a back to school luncheon or dessert for kids heading back to school, or for a special teacher. What a great gift this would make for an elementary school teacher after the past year.

You can check out my other back to school project here: Celebrate and Decorate

Suggested materials:

  • 6″ cake dummy   (Amazon)
  • 8″ cake dummy   (Amazon)
  • 10″ cake dummy   (Amazon)
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Chloe Crabtree
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  • Katen Katen on Aug 07, 2021

    I can’t imagine any teacher not enjoying this. Wonder if you could use Kleenex boxes instead of styrofoam shape and packages or canisters of Clorox/Lysol wipes too.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 20, 2021

    More often than not teachers end up purchasing needed basic supplies out of their own pockets before the school year is through, due to insufficient budgets in schools. This type of 'cake' is just as attractive, but far more practical and long lasting, than an edible one.