Candy shingles and fruit-slice shrubbery make an inviting abode for gumdrop dolls and a scrumptious treat for partygoers.
Home, Sweet Home Cake
You will need:
2 (13- by 19-inch) cake boards (available in the cake aisle at craft stores)
3 (16-ounce) cans pink frosting
2 unfrosted toaster pastries
Necco Wafers (we used about 6 rolls for the front of the roof)
Wafer roll cookies (we used Pirouettes)
2 (9- by 13-inch) cakes
3 sugar wafer cookies
2 oblong cookies (we used Vienna Fingers)
3 flower-shape candies
Green fruit-slice candies
Green writing icing
Make the roof:
1. Trim 2 inches from one cake board to create an 11- by 19-inch piece. Using a craft knife and a ruler, score the board on the white side so that you have three consecutive 6-inch-wide sections, with one 1-inch-section on the end. Fold the board along the scores, white side out. Use frosting to adhere the 1-inch tab inside the other edge, creating a triangular roof.
2. Trace the triangular end of the roof onto the second cake board and cut out the shape twice. Trim the pieces to fit snugly inside the ends of the roof and use frosting to adhere them.
Decorate the roof:
1. Set the roof on 2 low, wide dishes or glasses. Apply a thin layer of pink frosting to the front and back of the roof.
2. Using a serrated knife, cut each toaster pastry as shown at right.
3. To make the dormer, use frosting to attach the 2 smaller pastry pieces to the roof, centering them on the roofline, with the bottom edges about 2 1/2 inches apart.
4. Starting from the bottom edge next to the dormer, shingle the roof with overlapping Necco Wafers. Use frosting to attach wafer roll cookies at the peak, trimming to fit if necessary.
Build the house:
1. Cut each cake in half widthwise. Stack 3 of the pieces, frosting between each layer (you can freeze the fourth piece for later use). Frost the sides and top of the cake.
2. With a serrated knife, cut 1 sugar wafer cookie in half lengthwise. For stairs, center the half at the base of the house. Lay the second wafer in front of it and put the third on top of it, securing all the pieces with frosting.
3. Decorate the house with the oblong cookies, candies, and writing icing, trimming the cookies to fit.
4. Gently set the roof on the house, then frost the ends of the roof.
Originally published in the March 2014 issue of FamilyFun