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Humble Gingerbread House

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Everybody loves the idea of making a gingerbread house as the holiday season approaches, but that’s about as far as most of us get. As I was constructing this gingerbread house, I would explain to those around me just how challenging it is to create a raw, vegan, healthy(er) version. Their first comment was always, “Are they meant to be eaten? Just use the junk stuff.” Well, slap me upside the head with a gingerbread man! I mean really… do they not know who they are talking to? haha


I went to Pinterest for some gingerbread house ideas but soon shut down my research. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the gingerbread houses, yearning to make mine JUST as pretty as they were. But I knew that I couldn’t create what I was seeing. I don’t use refined sugars, corn syrup, prebought fondant, and icing pens. If I were to create what I was witnessing before my eyes, I would just as soon use plaster, paint, clay, and glitter!

My Gingerbread House Goal

Okay, my goal was to make something 100% edible, enjoyable to the pallet, a house with a nutrient-based foundation. I won’t pull the wool over your eyes and tell you that making this gingerbread house was easy. Well, it wasn’t easy, it was time-consuming, and a lot of thought and timing had to go into it. And if I am going, to be honest here (which I always am), I created this house without any planning. Each step of construction took place on the spur of the moment. Let’s refer to it as experimental inspiration!

Not having a plan lead to a little downtime. For instance, the roof, I ran out of roofing materials halfway through the job. Bob volunteered to make a run to the “hardware store” which gave me time to lay down “pavers” for the pathway and lower siding of the house. Who knew I would develop skills of culinary masonry?! I grew up around construction workers so let’s see if I can put my power of observation to work and explain my thought process.

Recipes & Techniques for each component

The Main Structure

For the house structure, I used the Hum Mud cookie recipe. Not only for the flavor but also because I knew that the Hum Mud recipe creates solid cookies. I didn’t want a wall to collapse after the tenants moved in.

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The meaning of infrastructure is the underlying foundation or basic framework. I knew that I needed to create a solid foundation to help hold the house up. I wasn’t going to rely on frosting tacking it all together. That would be a sure fire way to void your homeowner’s insurance. One thing to keep in mind is that raw cookie dough is much heavier than baked cookie dough. Therefore it puts more stress on the walls/structure.

Due to this, I decided to fill the inside of the house with a raw cake (who wants an empty house?). Not only would this double as structural support, but it would also be a delicious dessert to enjoy as the demolition (eating) of the house took place. For the inner house cake, I made two Blood Orange Pecan Date Cakes (minus the frosting and blood oranges). You could use any cake recipe, just make sure the flavors complement the gingerbread house flavors. Once the cake was made and shaped to fit snug within the walls of the house, I gave it a light coating of my raw, vegan  White Cake Frosting. Think of the frosting as if it was  nails holding the sides of the house to the cake.

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The Roof

Typically a roof is made of wood, asphalt, asbestos shingles, tile, slate or metal. But before any roofing is laid down you need to install underlayment and flashing such as asphalt, felt-paper, or special waterproof underlayment. This goes between the roof and the shingles. For our humble abode, I used White Cake Frosting. Just a thin layer to help the shingles adhere to the cookie rooftop.

Now it was time to create the shingles. I wanted to keep an overall monotone look to the house, so I knew that I wanted the shingles to be brown.  This lead me to my Chocolate Banana Leather recipe. I knew it would be sturdy, flexible, dark brown, and when torn into strips it has a two-tone weathered appearance.  After the leather had dried, I hand tore it into 3/4″-1″ strips (the length of the roof). One side is torn and the other side I used scissors to cut. See photos to understand.

Assembly – Give the roof piece(s) a think coating of the White Cake Frosting. Again, this is working like a glue. Starting from the bottom of the roofline, lay down one strip of leather (the hand tore edge should always be pointing downward. Pipe a medium sized line of frosting on the straight edge of it to create a little lift for the next strip of leather. I repeated this process all the way to the other side of the roof. Be sure to overlap each strip, just like real life house shingles.

Here’s the trickiest part of creating the house… placement of the roof. Because of the pitch of the roof and the weight of it, we need to adhere it to the house structure, so it doesn’t slide off or collapse the walls. I tried piping a line of frosting on the tops of the walls for the roof edges to rest on. Nope, it didn’t hold. I ended up cutting two toothpicks in half, pushing it through the top corner of the roof piece down into the top of the supporting wall.

I created a ridge (the top intersection of two opposing adjoining roof surfaces) by piping a heavy strip of the White Cake Frosting down the center. I also squiggled it back and forth to give it the loft and appearance of snow sitting on the peak of the roof.

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Decorating and Embellishing

Now comes of the fun part. Heck, it’s all fun but building the house structure is a little stressful. The design is personal and completely up to you. You can make 3-dimensional doors and windows.


Walkway and “Rock” Siding

Front Door and Trim

The Snowy Effect


I am so happy to be sharing this creation with you. It was so much fun to make. Please share your thoughts with me below. Have a blessed and wonderful holiday. amie sue

6 thoughts on “Humble Gingerbread House

  1. Idapie says:

    Diggin the hum cakes – have to make them, ive been making ur gingerbread cookies for years and love them but some people do think theyre a bit…grainy?!(but tasty!) Defo giving the hum cakes a shot!
    And this house is amazing…
    I live in a log cabin and a few years back I made my house (its called a ‘stabbur’)into a gingerbread house and it turned out beautifully, but I want to go above and beyond and im all inspired for next years house <3
    Lots of love from Norway

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you Idapie,

      I love that you replicated your cabin in a gingerbread house. hehe I do hope you give this a try next year… or anytime actually. hehe Blessings and Happy New Year, amie sue

  2. absolutely beautiful. I have to try this next year…early next year!

  3. Mary S. says:

    Amie Sue, I wish the Great British Baking Show had a vegan spin off for you to be in. I would LOVE to see that show.

    • amie-sue says:

      Awe, you are sooooo sweet! Thank you for saying that, it really made my day. Bob and I love watching the BBC channels. Sending you a big hug of gratitude. :) amie sue

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