A house cake can be perfect for a fun themed party or to congratulate a friend on their new house. It’s not too difficult and you only need the basic cake supplies.

Cake-shaped House

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Finished cake-shaped house with "Congratulations" cake topper

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Things You'll Need


Step 1: Bake the Cakes

Mix the cake batter according to package directions and fill up all 3 cake tins. Bake each cake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Then set them on a rack to cool.

Set the three cakes on a rack to cool them before decorating.

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Step 2: Shape the Sides of the House

Take two of the cakes and slice off the top to form a flat, even layer. These two cakes will form the main part of the house.

Cutting the top layer off the cake

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Cake with the top cut off

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Next, cut off the rounded sides of both cakes to form two identical square shapes. Try to cut as close to the edge of the circle as possible to maximize the amount of cake remaining.

Cutting the cake into a square

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Step 3: Slice the Roof

Take the third cake and position your knife at the top center. Cut downward at a diagonal slope toward the bottom left edge. Then make a similar cut toward the bottom right edge. This will form your roof.

Cutting the roof of the cake

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The cut roof

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Step 4: Assemble the House

Layer the cake so the two squares are stacked with the roof on top. Assess if there are any sides or pieces that may need to be trimmed, and adjust your cakes accordingly.

assembled cake

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Once all the pieces match up you can start to put them together with the frosting. First put some frosting onto the cake plate, to keep the cake from sliding.

frosting on the cake plate

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Then put on the first piece of the house cake, and frost the top.

frosting on the first layer of cake

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Then do the same for the next piece of the house cake.

second layer of the cake frosted

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Lastly put on the roof.

The house cake assembled

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Step 5: Frost the Cake

Once all the pieces are put together it is time to frost the whole cake. Start by doing a layer of frosting. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but somewhat smooth.

frosting the cake

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Put the cake in the fridge so the frosting hardens a little. Then apply the second layer of frosting. This time smooth out the cake. You can use anything with a flat long edge – A spatula, knife or a cake frosting tool.

smoothing out the cake

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Step 6: Decorate the Cake

Once the frosting is smooth, it’s time to decorate. Necco wafers make excellent shingles for the roof. Apply a small amount of frosting to each wafer and then stick on the the cake. Start from the bottom up and apply in rows.

applying the wafers

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Next you can put on the doors and windows. Using left over frosting in a piping bag mixed with food coloring, or you can use royal icing for a smooth finish.

frosting on the door and windows

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Put in a cake topper, or simply display the cake as is. Either way, your guests are bound to be impressed!

finished house cake

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