Mini Gingerbread houses

by Robyn on December 14, 2010

A small house made of gingerbread iced in buttercream to resemble a candy coated house.Gingerbread has always been a part of our holidays. I remember when I was 12 my mom embarked on a project and made 35 gingerbread houses for a Christmas fundraiser. It was made of the well known cookie style gingerbread.

I like gingerbread cake. And, last year I was asked to bake cakes for a church dinner and decided to make them look like gingerbread houses. It was so successful, this year I decided to give mini cakes a try. I only wish the temperatures here in SoCal weren’t in the mid 80s. My buttercream frosting was so soft by the time the house was finished, you could see it melting.
Just how did I put it together? Simple. First you bake a gingerbread cake. I used only half the batter at a time to bake off layers. I knew I wanted them to only be about a half inch thick and a half batter would do that. Once the layer was cooled I cut it into fourths.
With one layer of gingerbread, cut square into fourths.

Place the first layer on a plate and center it. Add a layer of buttercream and another piece of the cake on top of the icing. Ice the top of the second layer in preparation for the roof pieces. Two of the quarter pieces sanwiched together with frosting to make house base. ready for the roof.

With a third piece of the gingerbread, cut it into fourths, diagonally, making your roof. This is the point at which you’ll have the most difficulty in assembling your cakes. You will want to use buttercream to sandwich them together, laying them on top of the second layer, the widest side on top of the icing to form the roof.
See? A cute little house. Almost.
Mini gingerbread house assembled and ready to decorate with butter cream.
Give your house a thin covering of buttercream and let it chill for a bit, 30 minutes or so. While the cake is chilling mix up your colored frostings and get your pastry bags filled with icing. You will now decorate your cakes. I used red to make a brick covered house. Add green for bushes on all sides with red berries. Added a door with the same brown I used for the roof. The last step was to add the snow to give it that winter wonderland feel. The cakes are large enough to feed at least two people dessert. I like the way they can dress up a table and then be used as the dessert for a holiday gathering.

Easy to make. Easy to assemble and festive. With the two layers you get from one batter you’ll have enough to make 3 mini cakes.
Homemade gingerbread cut and assembled to resemble a gingerbread house; decorated with butter cream frosting.

Gingerbread recipe

* 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup butter, melted

* 1/3 cup brown sugar
* 1 cup molasses
* 1 egg
* 3/4 cup hot water

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Heat the oven to 350 F degrees. Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray. Add a piece of parchment paper to the bottom of the pan to assist in layer removal once cooled.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in molasses, egg, and water. Combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl all at once and beat on medium speed for about a minute, scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula occasionally.

Pour half of the batter into the pan and bake it for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool and remove from pan. Repeat with balance of batter. Once both layers are cooled you can begin assembling your mini gingerbread cakes.

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Cathi February 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I love, love, love gingerbread houses! This however, is the most genious idea because you can actually eat it. You amaze me everyday!!! I love the buttercream “ribbon candy”. It reminds me of Gramma Great!! I cant wait to try this out next year.

LeeYong December 17, 2010 at 7:52 pm

One word… ADORABLE!!! I love it! Great for the holidays!

Lora @cakeduchess December 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Robyn-this is the most delicious looking gingerbread house! So cute!you did a wonderful job.:)

Paula December 15, 2010 at 10:49 pm

The little gingerbread cake houses are so cute! Thanks for the detailed instructions (should I venture to actually make one). I wish we were complaining about temperatures in the 80’s 🙂

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} December 15, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Super cute!

bridget {bake at 350} December 15, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I think this is GENIUS!!! And so much tastier that than hard gingerbread! Love it!

Raquelle December 14, 2010 at 9:54 am

Oh man, that looks amazing. I’ve never seen a gingerbread house with actual gingerbread instead of those sheets of the hard stuff. Amazing!

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