Christine’s award-winning Gingerbread House Bundt Cake

OK, we have been waiting to blog about Christine’s award-winning bundt cake for a year. Literally! See, by the time we finished making it for Christine’s work Christmas party, it was already too late in the season to blog about it, so, we skipped it. Well, not this year!

Actually, there isn’t much to this thing…all you need is a Nordic Ware Bundt Pan, Gingerbread cake mix and all kinds of crazy candy for the outside. We bought our Bundt pan the year before at an after-Christmas sale at Sur La Table, and from what I can gather, our exact style is no longer available on most sites. But I did find a similar pan at Wal-Mart that would work just as well.

For the cake itself, we used Trader Joe’s Deep Dark Gingerbread Cake and Baking Mix, which is freaking delicious on its own, but even better in tiny Christmas house form. Yum!

As you can see in the second picture above, the cake comes out of the over kind of rounded on the bottom, so, we cut that part off and promptly ate it. Then, with the bottom of our Gingerbread house flattened, we placed it in the center back of our cake plate (gotta leave room for a big, snowy front yard, yo!) and got down to decorating the outside of our house.

Aside from the little jelly candies we used in the windows — which we found in the candy aisle at our local CVS — we stuck to pretty traditional candy decor: M&M’s, Red Vines, candy canes, and marshmallows.

The most expensive “building materials” we used were probably the Williams-Sonoma chocolate covered peppermint sticks (aka North Poles) we used for the fence. They weren’t cheap, but we only needed a few of them and since we had them in the house already, we used them.

The snowy ground cover in the yard was powered sugar mixed with water and, lemme tell ya, that stuff was hard to work with! You have to wait for it to kinda half-dry before anything will stick to it and if you wait too long, it gets too hard and you’re screwed. Trust me, this is where having two people working on the house came in very handy!

After plopping down a marshmallow snow woman in the front yard, we dusted the entire house with more powdered sugar and hurried off to the party where, lo-and-behold, we actually won a prize! Hooray!

But even cooler than the shiny award certificate or the $20 Target gift card that went with it, was the fact that the people at the party positively devoured our Gingerbread house. I’m not kidding, man. I saw a dude scraping the sugar snow off the plate…crazy!

I’m not saying everything we used wasn’t edible, because it totally was, but, wow, we never thought anyone would actually eat the whole thing. Yikes…guess the pickings on the buffet table were slim.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a quick, easy-to-make Gingerbread house this holiday season, Nordic Ware has the pan for you. Happy Baking, amigos!

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10 responses to “Christine’s award-winning Gingerbread House Bundt Cake

  1. That poor homeless gingerbread family. WHERE WILL THEY LIVE NOW?

    (PS, looks GREAT! And I was wondering about the gingerbread cake mix from TJs….)

  2. OMG, the cake rocks. So gingery and dark…it’s really awesome. As for the homeless gingerbread family, we’re working on getting them some Section 8 housing very soon… πŸ™‚

  3. wendy-mom

    YUMMY! Did you lick the plate? btw…..TJ’s always has those yummy chocolate covered peppermint sticks at Christmas time too and I’m sure for a lot less money. What’s on the menu for Santa Claus’ arrival this year on Greta’s first Christmas? Make sure she writes her first Dear Santa Letter and get a close up picture of her with it…..they become little treasures in years gone by.

  4. Melissa

    OMG, I finally made the gingerbread cake tonight. So spicy and fantastic. I’ll be right back, just going to get another piece! : D

  5. Wow, things must be going well for you guys if you can afford to shop at Sur la Snob!

    That is really cool though. And like my guacamole, you can now say you make “award-winning” gingerbread houses. Very cool indeed.

  6. Wow…you’re really digging back in the blog archives for your comments lately, dude. Better late than never, I guess… πŸ™‚

    And good times or not, we have always bought our fancy kitchen stuff at either Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table. Best stores ever!

  7. that cake was soooooooooooo cool,…….but you guys are reallllllllllly pigs to eat all of it like that ….. looks like you just dug in or else the dog got to it first ………….you slobs

  8. Wow…Debbie Bigley, thanks for the totally backhanded compliment. But just for the record we are not the ones who dug into the cake like dogs…it was our fellow partygoers. So, suck it!

  9. LorrieW

    Wow! Looks so amazing what kid big or small wouldn’t love this? Did you have to use more than one box of mix from Trader Joes?

  10. Tess

    I cannot figure this cake pan out. Why are they calling it a bunt pan…isn’t it solid? A bundt has a hole in the middle right? Does the chimney have a stem on the inside the pan to make it a hollow center (even though it’s not a ring specifically)?

    Your cake looks wonderful πŸ™‚ and so much fun!!!

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