Food

Gingerbread House Cake

This magificent cake will be the centre of attention for your Christmas feast.
Michelle Grogan
12
40M
3H 30M
4H 10M

Cut the house templates from cardboard or thick paper and cover in contact so they are easy to use. Using a lead pencil and ruler, make 2 house templates. One which is 6cm wide x 8cm high and one which is 4cm wide x 8cm high. Then draw the pitch of the roof for each into the centre. Cut out each template with scissors.

Ingredients

For the Gingerbread Houses:
For the Royal Icing:

Method

1.

Preheat oven to 140C (120C fan forced). Line a 20cm round cake pan with a double layer of baking paper, extending the baking paper 5cm up the sides of the pan to make a collar. Place cake mix, egg, water and softened butter into a large bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon until ingredients are just combined. Do not overmix.

Combine all ingredients for the cake and mix well.
2.

Toss cherries in flour and gently fold through the cake batter. Spoon mixture into prepared cake pan and bake for 3 hr or until cake is cooked through. Allow to cool in pan for 20 min then invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Toss the cherries in flour so they remain suspended.
3.

For the Gingerbread Houses.

Make gingerbread packet mix according to packet directions with the water (a little extra if needed), egg and butter. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to about 4mm thick. Using the templates you have made, take the 6cm wide house template, cut out six house shapes from the prepared dough using a small sharp knife or pizza cutter and transfer to the baking tray, leaving a 2cm gap between each one.

 

Use sturdy templates to cut out the house shapes.
4.

Using the 4cm wide house template, cut out six house shapes from the remaining dough. Transfer to the prepared baking tray with other dough shapes. Re-roll leftover dough and using an 8-10cm cutter, cut out three gingerbread men. Transfer to baking tray. Bake biscuits in an 180C (160C fan forced) oven for 15 min. Remove and let cool for 5 min then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Re-roll the dough to cut the gingerbread men.
5.

For the Royal Icing.

Whisk egg white and lemon juice, add in icing sugar (1 cup at a time) beating well until thick and smooth. Remove about ½ cup icing and thin with lemon juice if needed for piping.

Add a little lemon juice as it helps to set the icing.
6.

Transfer the thinned portion of the Royal Icing to a piping bag and use to decorate the gingerbread house and gingerbread men cutouts as desired. Set aside until icing has set.

Thining the icing with a little extra lemon juice, makes it easier to pipe.
7.

Place the cooled cake onto a serving plate or cake stand. Use remaining Royal Icing to cover the top and sides and sides of the cake. Swirling the rest of the icing onto the top of the cake.

Spread a thin layer of icing over the cake and spoon remaining icing on top.
8.

Place gingerbread houses around the sides of the cake and then gingerbread on the top of the cake. Allow to set and then dust with icing sugar.

Position the biscuits around the cake.

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