Monday, December 5, 2011

Gingerbread House Cakes

Warm, fragrant gingerbread is such
a holiday favorite and I found this
wonderful Nordicware pan that makes
the cutest gingerbread cakes in the
form of houses.

One batch makes 3 adorable houses.

I found the pan at Target.  It has two variations
in the same pan. 

You can decorate them as much
or as little as you like.

What a fun gift this would be to give
wrapped up in a cellophane bag or on a
pretty plate.

Or - 
They would be so much fun for a
 holiday dinner party  -
 a dessert for two.

I love making desserts for two if I
am having couples over for dinner.

Both of them are just so cute and the
gingerbread recipe that comes with the pans
did not disappoint.  It was wonderful.

Gingerbread Cakes Recipe

3 C. all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 C. packed brown sugar
1 C. molasses
2 large eggs
1 C. hot water

Heat oven to 350.  Spray pans with Pam with flour;
set aside.  Combine in a medium sized bowl the flour, 
baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt.  In
large mixer bowl combine melted butter and brown
sugar.  Stir in molasses and mix until well blended.  Beat
in eggs.  Add dry ingredients and beat on medium until
well blended.  Gradually stir in hot water.  Divide batter
between cavities in cake pan, filling about 3/4 full.

(The recipe said it made two but it made 3.)

Bake for 40-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted
in center comes out clean.  Cool 15 minutes in pan;
invert onto cooling rack and cool completely.  Decorate
as desired.

Really yummy!
And if you are making a few houses for
kids to decorate, it doesn't get easier.

I hope your holiday preparations are
going well and that you are 
having fun
 while you are doing everything.

I love to turn the Christmas music on.
It makes everything, even cleaning fun!

I will be posting this  with


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  1. Oh hooray - these will work so well with my snowy village cake pan from last year. I just love the adorable cakelets it makes. I'm going to Target tomorrow!!

  2. How cute and boy do they look moist, and dessert for two when entertaining couples is a great idea. This is so much better than the houses made of gingerbread planks/cookies. I never quite got the hang of those.

  3. What a pretty love

  4. Oh my gosh these are adorable. And they look like they'd melt in your mouth. Yum!

  5. Those turned out so cute. I'm such a sucker for specialty baking pans. Ginger sounds so good right now, too.

  6. Those are adorable...they look so moist and delicious. I think I will make a large pan (don't have the house molds) for dessert later tonight! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Jacqueline.

  7. What an adorable cake pan. All of your little houses are decorated so uniquely. They're almost too pretty to eat.

  8. Oh how cute. Nothing smells better than gingerbread baking. I agree about the Christmas music...I play it all the time from now until Christmas!

  9. These are so cute..and I think grand children would really love to decorate them too. :D

  10. These are so cute! Love gingerbread. xo

  11. Do I have to wear a red jogging outfit and high heels when shopping at Target though? Heck, for those cute things I would though! I am going to go and check them out tomorrow. Yours look wonderful!

  12. I could kick myself..I saw this mold in the US.. and thought..what about the big beehive cake mold and big cupcake mold you have and hardly ever use?

    Now I see I would have..I wondered if they would have turned out as cute as on the box:) Yours did!

    I left the mold in the store..bah humbug:)

  13. So cute and you just reminded me that I have a christmas tree bundt pan to get out and use.

  14. Wow, these are really cute! I would have a hard time eating them they are so sweet. I'm sure one bite would change my mind though.

  15. Hi lovely lady.
    This looks so good!! I also would have a hard time eating them sweet lady. I miss you on my post come see if you can.
    XXOO Diane

  16. Awww, you made them up so darn cute! I'm kicking myself for not buying them when I spied them at Target. Maybe I'm not too late! Love them!

  17. Oh gee, I am so NOT a baker!!!:(:( Could you send me one of these....PLEEEEEASE???? LOL!!!! Seriously, they looks SO god. Dessert for 2 is a FABULOUS idea for dinner parties! We are in a dinner group so next tiem it is here I am going to try that idea! XO, Pinky

  18. These are beyond cute and they look delicious, too!! I will have to look at the molds at Target!


  19. Oh I wish we had a Target! I love those little cakes - and I'll bet the little ones would love them too.

  20. what cute gifts to give out and they look yummy they taste divine..thanks for the tip..going to check out target this week,;)

  21. I looked at that pan twice, thought it was so cute! The recipe sounds great and I love the pretty holly decorations too:@)

  22. Add me to the list of people who are heading to Target to get this pan! The little houses are DARLING, Jacqueline & your icing skills brought out their features beautifully.

    I do one of those JoAnn's gingerbread houses every year with the g'kidlets, but they just get thrown out after the can only eat the candy in them & sometimes THAT is stale. Doesn't stop the kids! LOL This will be a much nicer project.

    Thanks for sharing it & the recipe, too.

  23. What a wonderful idea! I didn't know they had cake pans like that. They are certainly more edible that the traditional gingerbread house too! Love it!

  24. These are adorable! I love gingerbread too! I hope I can find these pans at our Target!


  25. I would never have the patience to put together a gingerbread house, and these adorable little pans are the perfect solution. Who wouldn't love to receive one of these all wrapped up in a cello bag with a pretty bow. Wonderful photos, too.

  26. Talking about you on my Facebook!


  27. I LOVE Nordic Ware pans as they are made in the USA! I always buy their pans in Williams Sonoma and I bought these last year..they amke the most adorable cakes. I love the way you decorated them!

  28. I just made Gingerbread House with my kiddos! Your cake version is much more elegant though. :) SO beautiful!

  29. Ok, I have walked by these pans in Target a dozen times in the last two weeks, now I'm SOLD! I'm sure mine will pale in comparison~ your photos are STUNNING! Gingerbread House Cake Perfection ♥

  30. Those are gorgeous! The kids would love to decorate these.

  31. OHHH my your table setting is dazzling to say the lest.... fit for a king and queen :) love it!!!


  32. These are adorable, I think I love these better than the original houses. These look and sound more better and the kids can eat them more better ...hugs Janice thanks for sharing...

  33. I love nordic've definitely done justice to these pans. I love your cakes a lot!

  34. Oh my word! These are the cutest ever!!! xo

  35. Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous!
    You were also one of the first bloggers I visited...
    you too give us all so much inspiration.

  36. I love the these! I was thinking of making some of them. Very pretty. Pat

  37. Come to A Themed Baker's Sunday for this next week's theme: Christmas! Actually, this theme will continue until Christmas weekend! Hope to see you there!
    Cupcake Apothecary

  38. Awesome! I bought this pan and overfilled the cavities. Duh! What did you do with theother cavity when you baked the third house? Just leave it empty?


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