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

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

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

  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. ( :

  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.

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

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

  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.

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

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

  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 :)

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

  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.

  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

  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.

  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.

  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 :)

  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 :)

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

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

  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

  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.

  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.

  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!

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


  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!

  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!

  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!

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


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