Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Over the river and through the woods...

Wait, wait a minute, that's not quite accurate... It really was:

Down the driveway and across the street,
to the neighbor's house I go.
My feet know the way to take me today,
to deliver a bungalow...

~ ~ooohhh~ ~

Down the driveway and across the street,
oh how the wind does blow,
It stings the toes and bites the nose,
As I stop by to say hello.

Everybody join in! 
You can thank me later for that song being stuck in your head for the rest of the day:@)

I'm so excited! I finally treated myself to this Nordic Ware Gingerbread House Cake Pan. 
I've wanted this little beauty since I first saw it at Michael's many years ago. They don't carry them any more but I found this at Amazon.
My tip: Did you know it's easy to turn a store bought cake mix into a bundt cake: 
add a box of instant pudding, add the water, increase the oil to 1/2 C and add an extra egg. 
You will have a sturdier cake (more like pound cake) and the detail will hold up nicely for decorating. 

Also wanted to mention:
  1. I used Baker's Joy spray for the first time and it worked very well! I look forward to trying it on other cakes.
  2. HomeGoods/Marshall's/TJ Maxx have been getting tons of different shaped NordicWare cake pans. Some are seasonal, some traditional, all cute!
I just saw this on Pinterest and wanted to add it-
How to make a box mix taste like it's from a bakery:
Step 1: Look at the directions on the cake mix, 
Step 2: Add one more egg (or add 2 if you want it to be very rich), 
Step 3: Use melted butter instead of oil and double the amount, 
Step 4: Instead of water, use milk. 
Step 5: Mix well and bake for the time recommended on the box.

Have a happy day:@)

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30 comments:

  1. that is so stinking cute! now not only your pies are art, but now your cakes are, too! :)

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  2. Adorable, simply flippin' adorable!!! If I were a baker I would covet this pan also. :)

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  3. Oh it looks wonderful. What a fabulous cake pan. Love the recipe tip too. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

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  4. i love it. so cute. very festive. how does it taste? with you have a drink with it ... coffee or what? i love the details. ( :

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  5. I have that pan, and I'm so glad to see that you got it,too. Your house looks GREAT, and I appreciate the tip about the mix.

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  6. WOW!!!! How beautiful! And I LOVE that pan!!!!!! Looks amazing!

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  7. Now that is a gingerbread house I would actually eat! But I wouldn't want to cut it. Turned out great. xo

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  8. I am going to have to stop at Micheals this weekend. Since I do home made cakes they are naturally sturdier then store bought ones. But I do like the pudding touch. Your cake looks wonderful.

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  9. I have never seen a mold for a gingerbread house. And it turned out awesome!

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  10. That is an adorable house. What a lucky neighbor to have you go down the driveway and across the street.

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  11. Oh, yeah, Baker's Joy has been a life saver! What a fun new cake pan...and your gingerbread house is adorable!!! And thanks for the tip on using cake mix to make a Bundt cake :)

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  12. Can't talk...running to Michaels to see if they have a pan... I LOVE this!

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  13. Love that idea. So much better than that dried out brick house that no one can eat. Hey come by and see what I posted with a special shout out to you.

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  14. Hi Lynn,
    great way to bake a gingerbread house instead of building it from cake sheets. That looks great and yummy. Thank you for sharing this cute bungalow.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  15. Really love the tip on how to make a bundt cake from a cake mix. Now..lets see how long I can remember that. Thank goodness for blogs I can return to.

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  16. Thank you for the great tip on the cute ginger house and the bundt cake mix, I'd love to give it a try with my little G'girls. Hope you're enjoying your holiday season.
    HAPPY

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  17. I have an addiction to the bundt pans!! I have so many that they take up one whole cabinet. I don't have that cute house though!!! UGH!!! It looks great :)

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  18. Years ago a woman at William Sonoma told me to get the Wilton Cake Release from AC Moore. It works amazing for the small areas for all the cake to come out. I hear that you can also make a homemade version! I am going to have to try the Baker's Joy spray. Thanks for the recipe to make the cake mix into the heavier cake. It will help lots :)

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  19. You are such a crafty lady!
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

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  20. That's awesome Lynn. I would never attempt anything like that. You definitely have creative talent.
    Sam

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  21. This is very cute Lynn. I have a mold for the Christmas trees and might try it with the cake mix recipe! If I do I'll let you know how it turns out! Awesome tip!

    hugs, Linda

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  22. I love that pan and Baker's Joys is a favorite of mine ever since I read about it a couple of years ago. It really works. I've got to get to Marshalls to check out their Nordic Ware. I still kick myself for not buying a kugelhopf pan that I saw there last year.

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  23. Oh my goodness gracious, I have never seen that adorable pan, Lynn!!!!! It is TOO, TOO cute! I am so glad you treated yourself to that beauty. That would be much more fun to eat than the cookie type gingerbread house. I have the Nordicware bundt pan with the trees on top. It's a beauty, too. I treated myself when I worked part-time at Sur La Table. Kitchen toys are the best!! Happy baking, my friend.

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  24. How sweet! My baking leaves a bit to be desired. This weekend, I will be attempting to make Ina Garten's shortbread cookies. Yikes!

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  25. This is awesome! I hope that pan brings you lots of baking fun.

    Velva

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  26. I have this pan and love it! Your decorating of the finished cake is beautiful, Lynn. I am writing down the tips for future use!

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  27. So beautiful! I bought the mini pans last year and you have reminded me to go searching for them. What a treasure to receive. Thanks for all your tips on the cake mixes. I know there are so many homemade cake snobs out there, but I love a good cake mix - always moist!

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  28. I bought that too!!!! Soooooooo much easier than trying to piece those houses together. And it's YUMMY when made. So nice & moist. You made me want to dig mine out again for this year. ENJOY! Merry Christmas!
    Charlene

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  29. I love this! will definitely have to try. TexWisGirl, you and I have VERY similar taste in blogs!

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