Looking for an easy way to make a gingerbread house? Try baking a gingerbread house bundt cake to easily bring the magic of the holidays to your kitchen.
I’ve been wanting to assemble and decorate a gingerbread house all season long, but in typical Heidi fashion, my list of things I want to do is far longer than there are hours in a day, week, or month.
Kind of like that saying, “My eyes are bigger than my stomach.”
And…I think this might be the only way I will make gingerbread house going forward.
We’ll talk more about that in a minute, but basically using a bundt pan simplifies the house making process and combines the charm of a traditional gingerbread house with the deliciousness of a cake.
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The Gingerbread House Bundt Pan
The key to a successful gingerbread house cake is the bundt pan.
The gingerbread house bundt pan is full of intricate details from the shingles on the roof to small evergreen trees, and even a chimney for Santa to come down on Christmas Eve.
Each detail is adorable and if you’re like me, will leave you imagining how cozy it must be to live in a gingerbread house at Christmas time.
I found some other cozy Christmas bundt pans from Nordic Ware that you can shop and would be perfect for fun holiday baking as well.
CHRISTMAS BUNDT PANS
Gingerbread Cake Mix
Unlike traditional gingerbread houses that become cardboard-like over time, this is one gingerbread house that you can actually eat!
I used a boxed gingerbread cake mix for our gingerbread house for convenience and to save time, however feel free to use your favorite gingerbread cake recipe instead.
If you do decide to use a store-bought cake mix, don’t be afraid to add your own creative touch.
Enhance the flavor of the cake with additional spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
You can even throw in a splash of molasses to intensify the rich, warm taste of traditional gingerbread.
Tips & Tricks to Creating the Perfect Gingerbread House Cake
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Here are a few things to know:
- Generously Grease & Flour the Pan: Before pouring the batter, make sure that every nook and cranny of the bundt pan is well coated with a non-stick cooking spray or a thin layer of butter. This is an essential step to prevent the cake from sticking to the pan and ruining the intricate details. Follow the greasing with a dusting of flour, shaking and tapping the pan to ensure an even coating.
- Prepare the Cake Mix: If you’re using a cake mix, prepare it according to the package instructions. Feel free to enhance the flavor with additional spices like cinnamon, ginger, or nutmeg. For the gingerbread house cake pan, you will need between 2-3 boxes of cake mix to fill the bundt pan completely.
- Layer the Filling: Start by adding a small amount of batter to cover the bottom of the pan, making sure it seeps into all the intricate details. Gradually add more batter in layers, spreading it evenly to avoid air pockets and ensure that the pan is filled completely.
- Tap and Settle: After each layer, gently tap the pan on the counter to help the batter settle and eliminate any potential air bubbles. This ensures that your cake will have a smooth, uniform texture without gaps.
- Level the Batter: Once the pan is filled, use a spatula to level the batter. The goal is to have a flat surface with the top of the bundt pan.
- Bake with Precision: Follow the recommended baking time and temperature on the cake mix package. Be sure not to overbake, as that may lead to a dry cake. Keep an eye on the cake during the last few minutes of baking and perform a toothpick test. If it comes out clean, your cake is ready!
- Cool Before Unmolding: Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan before attempting to remove it from the pan. This helps the cake maintain its shape and ensures that it releases from the pan effortlessly.
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Decorating Your Gingerbread House Cake
The joy of a traditional gingerbread house lies in its decoration, and this gingerbread house cake is no exception.
Once your cake has cooled, let your imagination run wild with as much (or as little) frosting, icing, and edible embellishments you like.
I kept the decorations on our gingerbread house fairly simple with just a dusting of powdered sugar to resemble snow.
Then, I added a few embellishments around the cake using whole cranberries, orange slices, and sprigs of pine.
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Can I use this gingerbread house cake pan for other holidays or other times of the year?
And so the answer is yes!
Here are some creative ways I thought of to use this cozy pan throughout the year:
- Swap out the gingerbread cake mix for a classic yellow cake mix to create a delightful Valentine’s Day themed cake. Decorate with pink or red frosting, add heart shaped sprinkles, and you have the cutest cake for Valentine’s Day.
- Create an Easter cake by using a carrot cake mix to fill the bundt pan. The gingerbread house design can take on the appearance of a charming spring cottage. Decorate with pastel colored icing, edible flowers, or Easter themed candies.
- Celebrate birthdays with a fun twist! Choose a funfetti or chocolate cake mix to fill the bundt pan. Top it off with colorful frosting, sprinkles, and birthday candles for a unique and memorable dessert.
- Capture the essence of summer by using a lemon or citrus flavored cake mix. The gingerbread house design can turn into a sunny cottage on a warm summer day.
- Embrace the flavors of fall by choosing a spice or pumpkin flavored cake mix. Decorate with icing, edible leaves, or small pumpkins for a seasonal twist.
Have fun experimenting with different cake flavors, decorations, and color schemes.
I hope you’ll love this house shaped bundt pan as much as I do!
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