Looking for the easiest gingerbread house recipe? I created this gingerbread house from a mold and a mix. Here are all my best tips.
The holidays are coming fast and furious.
Bringing with them turkey and stuffing and Christmas lights and Christmas trees and ornaments and holiday parties and shopping and caroling and family and friends.
And holiday baking.
If you have read this blog for more than one hot minute you know something about me. Cooking, baking, sauteing, chefing and anything else that comes under the entire kitchen apron umbrella are not my strong suites.
Not even close.
So when an invitation shows up to a holiday party and they ask me to bring something? My heart sinks. I start to sweat. I can’t think of something to bring so I end up bringing a bag of chips and a bottle of salsa.
Lame. Actually super lame.
But not this year.
This year I’m going to be fancy. Bring on the holiday invitations.
Because this year I’m using this gingerbread mix to make the cutest, most wonderful, most amazing holiday dessert I’ve ever seen.
This mix? Now looks like this.
This snowy gingerbread house.
ISN’T IT THE CUTEST?
And the best part?
It only took me about an hour and it was kind of foolproof (especially after I give you all the tips on how I made this).
Starting with this.
I ordered off Amazon and it’s on sale for the cheapest price I could find it (and it’s on sale right now for 34% off).
The bundt pan is three dimensional and it’s the same on both sides.
And look at this. There’s an entire village that goes with this house, too.
Here’s the front of the bundt pan.
The pan measures 10.1 x 7.8 inches and the gingerbread house measures a little over 5 inches tall.
It comes with a recipe you can make on the back of the wrapping that comes around the house.
Why make a gingerbread recipe from scratch?
// gingerbread mix //
When you can use this gingerbread cake and cookie mix from Betty Crocker.
I got it at Walmart and you can see it here.
I ended up following the directions on the back of the package for the cake part of the recipe. It’s so easy.
You’ll actually need two of these to make the gingerbread house.
The EASIEST Gingerbread House Recipe
Here are all my best tips and things I figured out:
- I did not use spray Pam. The directions on the bundt pan packaging said to brush on butter.
- I brushed butter into every crevice of the pan. There are chimneys and trees and windows and I used a brush to coat them with butter.
- The directions also said to flour the inside of the pan after you finished with the butter.
- Then I added two boxes of the mix, 2 eggs and 2 1/2 cups of water.
- Next I added the gingerbread mix to the bundt pan
- Make sure you only fill the gingerbread pan 3/4 of the way full so the gingerbread can expand
- I also used a spoon to coat the remaining top sides with extra gingerbread mix so there was already a coating of mix on the sides before it expanded
- I baked the gingerbread at 50 minutes (you can adjust for your oven temperature)
- Then I let the pan cool completely and then lightly sliced around the edge of the top of the sides of the bundt pan and flipped it upside down
And it looks like this.
I had extra gingerbread at the bottom that I had to trim away.
Now it’s time to decorate it.
This first time I went super simple and created “snow” with powdered sugar.
I just took a handful of powdered sugar and sprinkled it all over the top.
I have the cutest gingerbread house to take to all my holiday events.
If I have to transport it, I think I’m going to just bring the powdered sugar with me to the event and sprinkle it there.
Here are a few other ideas to decorate the gingerbread house.
Instead of powdered sugar?
You could decorate with icing and add sprinkles.
And candles to the top.
You could also add a lifesaver as a wreath over the door.
Then add icing on the trees and icing ornaments.
You could even add a mini gingerbread cookie to the front yard.
And look at this little mini village that goes with the house.
It’s getting cuter and cuter and cuter for Christmas.
I wish you could have heard my joy when I first took the bundt pan off.
I’ve tried a few things like this and they almost never turn out for me. But I took my time and made it simple with the mix and followed all the tips and when I took the bundt pan off? IT WAS PERFECT.
I almost started crying I was so happy.
Bring on the holidays. If you have an invitation? Send it my way.
I’m a fun guest.
And I’ll be bringing my house with me. 🙂
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