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Good Housecreeping Cake


This old haunt is custom-built with Color Flow windows and doors, gingerbread roof panels and royal icing fences and turrets.
Makes: Cake serves 88.

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Step 1

At least 3 days in advance: Using Color Flow and patterns, outline with tip 2 and then flow in the following using a cut parchment bag: Make 20 small windows, 8 large windows, 2 doors, 20 sets of small shutters, 8 sets of large shutters. Let pieces set for 2 days, then outline detail on doors using tip 2 and full-strength Color Flow. Using royal icing and pattern, make the following tip 57 fence pieces: four 7 in. lengths, two 6 in. lengths and two 4 1/2 in. lengths. Pipe 30 tip 4 roof points. Using gingerbread and patterns, cut 2nd floor and 3rd floor roof panels and braces; 1st floor back, side and front roof panels and braces. Also cut four 4 1/2 in. squares. Bake all, then immediately re-measure and trim to correct sizes if needed.

Step 2

A day in advance: Mold candy ghosts; refrigerate until firm and unmold. Tint portion of white candy black using candy color. Using a cut parchment bag, pipe facial features. Draw FoodWriter spider webs and spiders on some windows. Draw lines on shutters. Pipe tip 55 royal icing windowpanes, then outline window frames with tip 57. Set aside. Cover tops of gingerbread roof panels with royal icing and comb swag lines using large-tooth side of decorating comb. Run a spatula along edges to remove excess icing. Let dry. Attach longest edges of braces to backs of roof panels, near top edge of panel; let dry. Thin royal icing and paint pillars. Let dry.

Step 3

Bake and cool two 10 in. 2-layer tiers (that's 4 layers 2" high each, giving a finished height of 8"), one 8 in. 2-layer tier, and one 6 in. 2-layer tier; ice smooth in buttercream. Assemble and dowel rod the two 10 in. and the 6 in. 2-layer tiers on a same-size cake board. Comb sides of tiers with small-tooth side of Decorating Comb and spray with Color Mist. Dowel rod all tiers and prepare for stacked construction. Position 13 in. separator plate on top of 10 in. cake, feet facing up. Leave a 1 in. overhang at back, creating a larger overhang at front of the cake. Center 8 in. tier over 10 in. cake. It will rest on back feet of plate. Position 6 in. tier. Position 7 in. separator plate on top, feet facing down, pressing into cake.

Step 4

Using royal icing, stack the four gingerbread squares together with icing between each square. Attach to top of cake at center of 7 in. separator plate. Position the cookie roof panels on the stacked squares and join the edges with icing. Outline edges with tip 47. Attach the roof panels to 2nd floor and 1st floor cakes, resting at an angle. Outline edges with tip 47.

Step 5

Using buttercream icing, outline house corners using tip 45. Divide sides of 6 in. tier in half and sides of 8 in. tier in thirds. Pipe tip 47 stripe down sides at division marks. Attach small window in each section with dots of icing. Pipe tip 57 stripes along side of windows and attach small shutters. On 10 in. tier, attach doors, large windows and large shutters. Using tip 3, pipe shells and dot above doors; pipe fleur de lis and scrolls above large windows.

Step 6

Attach roof points and gumballs to tops of pillars using royal icing. Ice base board smooth and imprint wood planks using edge of plastic ruler. Position pillars and secure with icing. Attach fence pieces with royal icing, placing two 41/2 in. lengths in front, one 7 in. and one 6 in. length on each side and two 7 in. lengths on back. Tint coconut and place around house. Attach candy ghosts with royal icing.

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6 x 2 in. Square Pan

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8 x 2 in. Square Pan

8 x 2 in. Square Pan

10 x 2 in. Square Pan

10 x 2 in. Square Pan

Decorator Preferred® Square Separator Plates

Decorator Preferred® Square Separator Plates ((7 and 13 inch needed))

Cake Boards

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20 in. square x 1/2 in. thick plywood base

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Waxed paper

Waxed paper

Adding color details to candies makes them more realistic and much more fun! For large areas of color, it's best to paint the melted candy right in the mold before the whole candy is molded using a decorator brush. Or, for very small details like vines, mouths and messages, melted candy should be piped onto molded candies using a parchment bag with a small hole cut in the tip.

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Good Housecreeping Cake is rated 3.4444444444444446 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I have been doing cakes for more then 10 years and have done very difficult cakes. I found that the directions for this cake were lacking a lot of detail. I started a week in advance, making the detailed windows, shutters, etc. The roof pieces were a disaster! Gingerbread did not work. It broke easily and was almost impossible to attach to the cake. There were no instructions on how to arrange the triangle supports to the underneith of the roof. The instructions called for cake separators in sizes that are not even made and substitutions did not fit. I was very disapointed in the time and money that was waisted on this cake.
Date published: 2011-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I haven't tried to make this housecreeping cake yet..but I am going to for my sons Halloween Birthday party this year.and I am sure it will be difficult I just don't know how difficult..He will be 3 =].. BUT FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO CANNOT FIND PURPLE GUM BALLS... Buy 1 lb of them from this site it will only cost 10$ depending where you live that is including s & h... http://www.ohnuts.com/buy.cfm/bulk-candy/gum-balls-chewing-bubble-gum/gumballs/purple-grape
Date published: 2011-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The has so many parts and details and stuff the is hard to find like purple gumballs. It is so hard to get everything together right. The good thing is that it is a haunted house so if it looks a little rough no one who hasn't seen the picture will know that itis mistakes. My Mom and I have made a lot of cakes over the years and this was by far the most difficult and frustrating. Unless you really know what your doing I would not attempt this cake.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a very time consuming cake and I didn't allow myself sufficient time to do it well. I did like the looks of the finished cake. It would have been helpful to have alternate directions to compensate for not being able to purchase the odd # size cake plates.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very time consuming. I cut 7 & 13" squares from foamcore to use in place of the plates that are no longer available. I was very careful to cut the roof pieces to the pattern but they do not fit together. The second floor roof also goes up too high for the cake.
Date published: 2011-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This house was fun to do except you have to really know how to bake and cut gingerbread. I wish that I could have found a way to make the pieces fit together correctly, that was my biggest problem. But it turned out quite nice.
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I should start off by saying I am an experienced baker. I was all excited to make this cake for Halloween. I bought all of the tools I was missing and I baked all the cakes. When I couldn't find 7" & 13" separator plates (even from Wilton) I decided to try the closest thing I could get which was 6" & 12" plates. Long story short, they did not allow for enough room to lean the gingerbread roof pieces at the right angle against the sides of the house and it was a mess. They went halfway up the side and looked ridiculous. So after spending about $100 in materials and wasting about 20 hours of my time over several weeks making all of the windows, shutters, etc (I'm not sure which I'm more annoyed about), I had a whole lot of nothing to show for it. I'm really annoyed that wilton has cakes posted here that are not even do-able. There should be a disclaimer if items in the tools list are no longer available. I was already too far in when I realized this important fact. I was planning on making another cake for Thanksgiving but was so turned off by the whole experience that I decided not too.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will find colored gum balls at party city, including dark purple.
Date published: 2011-10-05
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