Gingerbread houses are fantastic decorations to make during the holidays. Made with carefully shaped sheets of gingerbread, they’re usually assembled with the help of a lot of royal icing and plenty of gumdrops, sprinkles and peppermints. Gingerbread houses take a lot of effort to put together and they are used as centerpieces far more often than they are used as dessert. If you want a gingerbread house that you can actually eat, consider picking up Nordic Ware’s Gingerbread House Duet Pan. This cast-aluminum pan features two gingerbread house-shaped cakes that don’t require any assembly and are ready to be decorated as soon as they have baked and cooled.
The two small cakes have a lot of detail, from the shingles on their roofs to tiny window treatments, but the pans are nonstick and you should be able to slide a cake out without losing any detail, especially if you take the extra step of greasing and flouring the pan before you pour your batter in. Of course, I recommend using a gingerbread cake recipe. You can use royal icing if you want to give your houses a traditional look or simply finish them with a dusting of powdered sugar if you want to enjoy them in their natural state.
The cakes can act as centerpieces at a holiday party and double as dessert, unlike classic gingerbread houses. Baked and decorated cakes can also be fun hostess gifts to take to a holiday party, too!