Build a Gingerbread House from the Ground Up

November 24th, 2010 by Paula Ivancicts

The smell of gingerbread is in the air! Who doesn’t love a gingerbread house? I knew I had to try out the new Gingerbread House Mold Pan and was excited to use it!

I started by mixing up the Everything Gingerbread recipe from the pan’s label. I can’t recall the last time I made homemade gingerbread cookies, but knew I had the right recipe once the aroma started filling my home.

Gingerbread House Mold

I sprayed the pan with Bake Easy™ and wiped out the extra with a paper towel. I then pushed the gingerbread cookie dough into the cavities. I baked it in the oven as instructed, removed it, and patiently let it cool for 20 minutes. I was amazed at how easily the baked cookies removed from the pan. I had no broken pieces and the details were visible in the cookies!

I continued to bake the rest of the dough until I had all the pieces needed. The recipe even allowed extra dough, so I pressed that in and continued to bake until there was no dough left. I easily could have made extra gingerbread boys, trees, or candy canes to use!

I let all the pieces cool completely on cooling racks. While they were cooling, I prepared the Frosty White Icing Mix. That could not have been any easier! I used the mix and added the recommended water and beat it with the mixer. It was perfect! If you don’t have the Frosty White Icing Mix or Royal Icing Mix, mix up a batch of royal icing. Make sure to cover the icing with a damp paper towel and do the same for the tip of the icing bag when not in use. The icing will harden if not kept damp.

Gingerbread House Mold

I assembled my gingerbread house on a cake board. I started by using a disposable decorating bag, coupler, and decorating tip #8. I iced the front piece edges, iced one side piece edges and had a helper hold that piece in place while I iced the other side edges and pressed those together. Then I iced the back piece and we pressed all the pieces together. I cleaned up the icing edges with a spatula before the icing hardened. I patiently waited until the sides hardened. Use cans if needed to hold the pieces together.

Gingerbread House Mold

Once the walls were hardened, I piped the Frosty White Icing Mix on the roof panels and the center top and pressed those onto the hardened walls. I used some small plastic containers to prop up the bottom of the roof panels until they hardened. Again, I had to be patient and let those panels harden. I learned many years ago that if you do not let each step harden, you will be very disappointed when your house starts to crumble – decorations and all!

Gingerbread House Mold While the house walls and roof were hardening, I worked on piping the icing on the gingerbread boys using decorating tip #1. I used tip #2 to pipe the lettering on the North Pole sign. I used white and red cookie icing to cover the candy canes.

I covered the tree on the back of the house using green cookie icing and then pressed a yellow star from the Gingerbread House Holiday Candies Assortment for the top. The tree is decorated with confetti from the Christmas Sprinkle Assortment.

The fun really began when I got to pull out all the decorations! I absolutely loved the Gingerbread House Icing Decorations! They are the cutest decorations and I was able to easily incorporate them in my design!

I put decorating tip # 8 back on the bag and started to add icicles to the house. I used heavier to lighter pressure working from the top to the bottom and easing pressure and drawing to a point. As I did this, I also pressed White Cake Sparkles™ and White Sparkling Sugar into the snow and icicles. I also outlined the windows and door, and added white cookie icing to the bottoms of the window panes.

Continuing with tip # 8, I put the two chimney pieces together by icing between them and then attached it to the top of the house and added more icing around it. I attached pieces from the Christmas Icing Decoration set to the house by piping a little icing onto the back of each item and pressing them in place. I piped a line of icing around the bottom of the house and pressed Gum Drops from the Gingerbread House Holiday Candies Assortment into the icing. The top of the house was dusted with sifted confectioner’s sugar.

I put some icing on the cake board to attach the North Pole sign. Then I added icicles to the sign using icing, White Cake Sparkles and White Sparkling Sugar. I added the gingerbread boy cookies and then added the reindeer icing decoration to the top of the sign. The front walk of the house was made using the icing sprinkled with White Cake Sparkles, White Sparkling Sugar, and sifted confectioner’s sugar on the board.

Gingerbread House Mold

Clean-up was very easy; hand wash the pan, tips, and coupler. The decorating bag I used was disposable. Be sure to check our website for other gingerbread house decorating ideas (stained glass windows, icicles and more). If creating a gingerbread house from scratch isn’t for you, check out our selection of pre-baked gingerbread house kits.

I’m glad I had a chance to use the Gingerbread House Mold Pan early in the season! I know what my family and I will be doing this holiday season! I envision using this pan for other holidays too. Add some seasonal icing decorations, sprinkles, and sugars and this pan will easily take you into other holiday seasons!

Paula Ivancicts Paula is a Wilton Customer Service Key Account Rep and a Certified Wilton Method Instructor. She has been with Wilton since 2009. Her love of creating things and using Wilton products started in high school when she began making candy. Outside of Wilton, Paula enjoys family time with her husband and two daughters. She loves baking, decorating, and making candy for family, friends, and coworkers.

18 Replies

  1. Kim says:

    I love this Paula! Great job………..the GB house looks adorable….and delicious of course!

  2. Loryl says:

    Great job, Paula!
    It looks really cute and your instructions were easy to follow.
    The gingerbread even looks yummy and soft not hard and crumbly.
    Did the girls take a bite yet?

    • Paula Ivancicts says:

      Thanks Loryl! The gingerbread is actually hard as it is very sturdy and well constructed. The girls have not taken a bite of the gingerbread yet, but I do think we are missing some candy pieces.

  3. Lucia says:

    I can barely wait to give it a try. Just LOVELY.

  4. Victoria Japlon says:

    Paula –

    Thanks for bringing the Wilton Gingerbread products to life! The icing decorations are easy but they give a nice polished look to your finished product. Good advice, as well, on letting the house dry as well as what tips to use for decorating. Looks great!

  5. Monica says:

    Wow! That’s great! My kids would love to help with this, and it’s not too intricate or complicated. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Paula Ivancicts says:

      Hi Monica!
      Thank you! You and your kids will enjoy creating the house together and since it is a pan; you’ll be able to make new memories every year! Have fun!

  6. Emerald says:

    I would like to say thank you for your post, it inspired me to buy the mold pan and I just finished baking all the pieces for the Gingerbread house(one of them),as I’m having a “gingerbread house making” party on Saturday morning with my younger son ( he’s 6) and his best friend, and of course he wants to make a village not just one house. It will be a fun day.
    Thanks again for the wonderful post…and we will create wonderful memories.
    Happy Holidays to you and your family!

    • Paula Ivancicts says:

      Hi Emerald!
      You are very welcome! I’m glad to hear you liked the blog and purchased the Gingerbread House Mold Pan! The party sounds like a lot of fun and I know you will all enjoy the decorating!
      Happy Holidays to you and yours too!

  7. Cheryl Sparks says:

    Quick question
    want to make the chocolate house and am not sure what to use for release of the chocolate from the pan
    any suggestions???

  8. Angie says:

    When will this pan become available again? I would love to purchase one and “practice” before the actual holiday season.

  9. Susie says:

    This is a little bit of a sneaky post. It doesn’t say how many times you had to use the mold to get one house. Not just once but…three times to get all the dimensions! When you add in that it takes fourty five minutes per oven entry/cooling period, it will take me two hours and fifteen minutes to just get ONE house baked.

    And then you add in that I was pulling it out of the oven and I tipped it a little so the gingerbread went sliding down and I’m up to three hours.

    This is NOT worth it! I want my money back so I can get a different/faster pan!

  10. Linda Barnard says:

    I have the pan for the Wilton gingerbread house, which is now discontinued, but I’ve lost the instructions for baking and the recipe for the gingerbread. Is it possible to get it somewhere?
    Thank you

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