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The Secret to A Sturdy Gingerbread House Cake Topper? Royal Icing!

Not ready to commit to a full-on gingerbread village? Get started with this cute mini gingerbread house cake topper! It’s a quick project that will add a festive touch to any cake. With a little royal icing “snow” and gumdrop landscaping, your cake will be ready to go in no time.

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Gingerbread house cake topper tutorial

Materials and tools needed:

Step 1:

Gingerbread House Cake Topper Walls

Roll out your gingerbread cookie dough and cut out panels to build your gingerbread house. You can find templates online, or you can cut them out as we did. To make our house, we cut six 3″ squares, carved the roof shapes with a sharp knife, and then cut the side panels to size.

Step 2:

Gingerbread House Cake Topper Gingerbread Cookie

Cut out your windows using a small square plunger cutter. Don’t pick a cutter too small, as cookies can spread a little when baking. You don’t want your windows to shrink!

When cut out to your linking, chill the dough and bake according to your recipe.

Step 3:

Gingerbread House Cake Topper Royal Icing Cake

Meanwhile, get your cake read.

We covered our cake with royal icing, which makes a great base to work on. All that royal icing helps hold up the house sections while you’re working on them. A fondant- or ganache-iced cake will also work well, but be aware that these icings won’t hold the gingerbread pieces up while assembling.

Note: We’d recommend frosting your cake in buttercream. The fat and grease from the butter can soften gingerbread cookies. If you do decide on buttercream, try placing a circle of fondant on top of your buttercream. Then decorate with your gingerbread house, candy and cookie trees.

Step 4:

Gingerbread House Cake Topper LED

If you want to add a little subtle light inside of your gingerbread house, you’ll need an LED lantern light. They’re SO fun! You can buy them in packs online. Usually all you’ll need to do is remove a tab then twist to enable the battery.

Cool light up Gingerbread House Cake Topper

Next, push the light into a small ball of fondant. The LED light won’t heat up, and the fondant ball will keep the LED upright and remove any extra contact with the cake, just in case.

Gingerbread House Cake Topper LED

Place the LED in the center of your cake! You will be building your house around the light.

Step 5:

How to assemble a Gingerbread House Cake Topper

Now you can put the pieces together. Start with the front. With a royal icing-iced cake, you can gently nestle the panels into the frosting. Pipe some royal icing along one of the walls and hold in place until sturdy.

Gingerbread House Cake Topper

Repeat to fix the roof panels in place.

Step 6:

Gingerbread House Cake Topper Frosted Roof

Add royal icing to your cookie roof and then decorate with your fondant snowflakes and sprinkles. Some other festive ideas include crushed candy canes, cookie pieces or edible glitter — get creative!

Gingerbread House Cake Topper On Royal Icing Cake

Step 7:

Gingerbread House Cake Topper

Now make a little front door using a small piece of fondant. We cut out a rectangle of blush pink fondant, cut a curved top, and attached a small sugar pearl as a doorknob.

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