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‘Tis the season for gingerbread, cranberries and powdered sugar. On my latest shopping trip to HomeGoods, I was so excited when I stumbled upon a gingerbread house bundt pan. I was inspired to make a decorative (and edible) snow-covered gingerbread cake village, and that’s just what I did.

Decorative Snow-Covered Gingerbread Cake Village

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For years I have wanted to make a gingerbread village during the holidays. Originally, I thought it would be the assembly-required variety we’ve come to know, but when I saw this cake pan at HomeGoods, I was eager to give a different idea a try.

Decorative Snow-Covered Gingerbread Cake Village

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The process to create this cake is very simple.

First, prepare the Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cake recipe I’ve provided below. It’s a simple recipe, so don’t feel overwhelmed. However, if you prefer, you can use a gingerbread mix.

Give the inside of your cake pain a generous coat of baking spray. (This spray is designed for baking, so it includes oil and flour.) This step is key for successful cake removal.

Decorative Snow-Covered Gingerbread Cake Village

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Pour the batter into your pan and bake it in the oven for an hour. Since all ovens vary, be sure to test your cake for doneness. To do this, insert a wood skewer into the center of the cake. The skewer will come out clean if the cake is fully baked.

Decorative Snow-Covered Gingerbread Cake Village

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Once your cake is completely baked and cooled, you can use a serrated knife to level off the bottom so that the house sits flat. Then, you’re ready to decorate.

Decorative Snow-Covered Gingerbread Cake Village

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Whip up a batch of My Favorite Cream Cheese frosting recipe and dye it green. Using a piping bag with a star tip, cover the trees in frosting. Then with a fine mesh strainer, sift confectioner’s sugar over your cake. The confectioner’s sugar will catch on the details of the house and make your village look like it’s covered in snow.

Decorative Snow-Covered Gingerbread Cake Village

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To further decorate your village, add sugared cranberries — you can get the recipes for these here — and some holiday cake decorations. These mini gingerbread men and candy canes worked perfectly.

Decorative Snow-Covered Gingerbread Cake Village

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With that, your decorative snow-covered gingerbread cake village is complete!

Decorative Snow-Covered Gingerbread Cake Village

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Decorative Snow-Covered Gingerbread Cake Village

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I think it turned out great and makes for the perfect decoration on your holiday table.

I used a similar mold to create a pair of smaller houses to complete the village. While one cake is beautiful on its own, having a grouping of three is simply magical.

Decorative Snow-Covered Gingerbread Cake Village

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Decorative Snow-Covered Gingerbread Cake Village

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The gingerbread is also quite delicious. That may be the best part. Who doesn’t love decor that doubles as dessert? To serve, just slice with a knife. While the cake is yummy on its own, I recommend serving it with leftover cream cheese frosting.

Decorative Snow-Covered Gingerbread Cake Village

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I hope you’re looking forward to trying this yourself. If you are, let me walk you through the recipe.

Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cake
Makes 1 large gingerbread house bundt cake

Here’s what you will need:
3 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground clove
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups molasses
1 1/2 cups hot brewed coffee

For garnish:
Cream cheese frosting, sugared cranberries, confectioner’s sugar and holiday cake decorations.

1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the inside of the gingerbread cake pan with baking spray. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon ginger, clove, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs one at a time; then mix in the molasses.

4. Add half of the dry ingredients to the creamed butter and begin to incorporate them. Then, add the hot brewed coffee. Finally, mix in the other half of the dry ingredients until just combined. Pour into the prepared pan.

5. Bake for 60-65 minutes or until a wood skewer inserted near the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for about 20 minutes. Then, invert onto a wire rack. Remove from the pan and allow to cool completely.

6. Once cool, level off the bottom of the cake with a serrated knife. Decorate with cream cheese frosting, sugared cranberries, holiday frosting decorations and a dusting of powdered sugar.

Serve with additional cream cheese frosting, if desired.

Decorative Snow-Covered Gingerbread Cake Village

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I hope you enjoyed my gingerbread cake village adventure. Wishing you happy baking and the merriest of holidays!

Michael Wurm Jr. is the blogger behind the popular lifestyle blog, Inspired by Charm, where he shares his love for a decorated life. Whether it’s ideas for easy decorating, a delicious recipe, entertaining inspiration, or a unique DIY project, his goal is to provide tools and tips for everyone to live a happy, colorful life. You can also find Michael on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.


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