The cake was made long time back, around Christmas time. But it stayed in the drafts for a long time and it seems perfect to use it for the alphabet X as X-mas theme cake.
Gingerbread house is usually made with cookies, but I have always wanted to make it with cake. My half hearted trials have always been disappointments until this one here. I baked a hot milk cake for the base, its perfect for the job. Soft, yet sturdy enough for the sculpting. Pound cake is another good choice.
The sculpting was a lot more difficult than I imagined. So was frosting. I have not given any measurements here, because its hard to determine an exact quantity for many things. Decorating was the most fun part. I even tried making impressions of tiles on the roof! So just let your imagination run wild and let a colorful dream take shape :=)
Bake a cake of your choice in a 9X13 inch pan. Using a long serrated knife or a cake leveler, cut the cake across into two layers. Now with a sharp knife, cut the cake into three equal portions. So you have 6 pieces of cake in all.
With some buttercream frosting as glue, stack the layers on top of each other. Refrigerate or flash freeze for easy handling.
Using a sharp knife, cut out the roof shape carefully. Frost with chocolate buttercream. This is not as easy as it looks, so I took a lot of time with this. Once frosting is done, dip a palatte knife in hot water and run it all over the frosting for a smooth finish.
Use red fondant for roof and door. White fondant for windows. Cookie frosting for snow and candies for decorating. Pretzels for side windows.