While the last couple of weeks have been full of shopping, perfecting my gift-wrapping game, and general to-do list doing, there have also been plenty of cozy moments where we just enjoyed the magic of Christmastime. Baby L and I have taken drives around Fredericksburg to look at lights before picking Mr. L up at the train station, we’ve all stayed in on dreary days with a fire and Christmas music, and Mr. L and I have been dreaming about new traditions to start next year when we will be a family of four (Baby L #2 coming May 2017!). These little houses are definitely something I envision two little kiddos munching on in Christmas PJs in the future.
I love the idea of Christmas crafts and festive food, but so often I find that my ideas are larger than the time slots in my day. These cute little treats allowed me to get my creative fix while also not taking too much time or making much of a mess. The houses are made with store-bought sheet cake that I cut into small squares and triangles and assembled with icing, twisted licorice candy (aka Twizzlers) and colored sprinkles. Here is how to assemble these sweet little abodes.
Little Gingerbread Cake Houses
Purchased gingerbread, spice cake, or chocolate cake
Purchased or homemade royal icing
Twisted licorice candy (aka Twizzlers)
Assorted sprinkles and nonpareils
Small bottle brush trees, miniature deer figurines or other seasonal flare (optional)
These instructions are for preparing a dozen little houses, but you can make more or less.
Cut a dozen 2-inch squares and six 2 1/2-inch squares from the cake(s). Cut the larger squares in half diagonally to make the triangle “roofs.” Using a small sieve, dust the tops of the triangles with powdered sugar. Pipe royal icing on top of the squares and then immediately add a triangle to form a house. Pipe a little icing along the seam of the triangle and square and add sprinkles or nonpareils to decorate and cover the seam. Pipe on any other additional decorations such as a small door or windows. Cut a twisted licorice candy into half-inch segments, trimming one end on the diagonal. Attach to the “roof” using a little royal icing as glue. Place on a serving plate and place a few bottle brush trees or miniature deer nearby for a cute little gingerbread house village.