House-shaped cakes make a great gift for new neighbours or for a housewarming party. Despite their complex appearance, house-shaped cakes are actually quite simple to make. You won't need any special pans or complicated gadgetry to make this cake. Get creative when decorating your house cake. You can reinterpret the basic shape to create anything from a doghouse to the White House.
Preheat your oven according to recipe. Mix together cake batter as you would normally. You can use a store-bought mix or create the batter from scratch. Follow directions to ensure you have enough batter for two 23-cm (9-inch) pans.
Grease both 23-cm (9-inch) square pans. Divide batter evenly among the two pans and bake according to package directions. Remove the cakes from oven and allow to cool at least one hour.
Cover a large baking tray or piece of cardboard in aluminium foil. This will be the serving platter for your cake.
Remove the cakes from their pans. If the cakes are domed, cut the tops off so that they are flat. Cut one cake in half on the diagonal so that it becomes two triangles. Place the square cake on the serving platter. Stick four toothpicks into the top edge of the cake. Place the two halves together so that they create one large triangle, in the style of a roof. Slide each triangle onto the protruding toothpicks, thereby securing the pieces to each other.
Apply a thin layer of frosting to your cake. Place the cake in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool. This thin layer of frosting will serve as a "crumb catching" layer, making the decorating process easier and more attractive.
Divide the white frosting into several different bowls, depending on the number of colours you choose to utilise. Add food colouring to create the colour of the house, windows, door and roof. If you need help mixing the appropriate colours, refer to website (see Resources). Apply frosting to each section of the cake as needed.
You can apply trim to your house cake using sweets of the same colour.
Take precaution and use thick potholders so as to not get burnt when removing pans from the hot oven.
Tips and warnings
- You can apply trim to your house cake using sweets of the same colour.