Assembling a traditional gingerbread house can be an intimidating prospect, especially when kids are involved. This year, skip the stale, store-bought cookie kits and instead bake a moist, delicious and (most important) easy-to-make gingerbread cake using a festive house-shaped cake pan. Made with ground ginger, cinnamon and cloves, this moist, yummy gingerbread cake has a delicate, not-too-spicy gingerbread flavor that’s kids and adults will both enjoy. Even better, after baking, the cake is surprisingly easy to un-mold, letting you skip right to the fun part — decorating!
We placed our gingerbread cake on a pretty rimmed baking sheet sprinkled with coconut flakes to resemble a bed of snow. Then we piped the cake using traditional royal icing and added all sorts of festive candy decorations. For food safety reasons, we made our icing using meringue powder since I knew the kids would be doing plenty of “sampling” but pasteurized egg whites are an easy and safe choice as well.
The kids absolutely loved adding all of the decorative candy toppings. To complete the festive fairytale look we added peppermint stick signs and small wooden trees around the house. They enjoyed making up fun stories about the family that lives in this magical house.
Of course, the best part about making a gingerbread cake is tasting it!
Unlike traditional gingerbread, which can become stale and requires an enormous amount of icing to hold it all together, this adorable cake is moist and flavorful. It would make an absolutely delicious and impressive dessert after Christmas dinner. One the kids will be proud of too!