If you love the look of a gingerbread house but hate all the work, this dessert is for you!
Instead of painstakingly baking cookies and cutting them to assemble into a sturdy house, all you have to do is whip up two Betty Crocker™ Gingerbread Cake mixes and bake them in a 3-D gingerbread cake pan. The gingerbread house cake has so much detail that you can just serve the cake plain, but it's more fun to add some decorations!
Just like with any gingerbread house, you can get as creative as you want when decorating. Add Betty Crocker™ icing, decors, and some candy to create a simple festive treat, or really go all out and create a more elaborately decorated house. The choice is yours!
This house is simple, elegant, snow-covered—and was super simple to make.
In order to make this gingerbread house cake, you'll need a gingerbread house cake pan. Even though it's non-stick, it's best to brush it with shortening and dust it with flour. Or simply spray it with some baking spray that has flour in it before baking your cake.
When using the two cake mixes for this recipe, you’ll have just a bit more cake batter than you need to fill the pan, so remove 1 cup of the batter and use it to make a few cupcakes to snack on. Pour the remaining batter in the pan and set the pan in the oven.
Set a baking pan on the rack below the cake, just in case the batter overflows the pan. There is a hole in the center of the pan to allow excess batter to seep out of the bottom of the pan.
Bake the cake for 55-65 minutes, until a thin wood skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes, then cut off the domed part of the cake, set a cooling rack over top, invert, and allow the cake to release from the pan onto the cooling rack. Let the cake cool completely.
The house looks pretty amazing just like it is, but it will look even better if you decorate it!
Do as much or as little as you'd like to your cake. Set the cake on a serving platter or a cake board covered in white cookie icing. You can pipe shingles onto the roof of the gingerbread house.
Add some icing snow to the roofline. If you'd like to add some wreaths above the doors, use some green ring candies, attach a few red candy pearls using cookie icing, then attach the wreaths to the cake using more cookie icing.
Then you can pipe some green frosting onto the trees, add some red candy pearls, and sprinkle some powdered sugar snow over top.
This gingerbread cake will look just as good on your holiday table as the house you cleaned for days. Enjoy!