The amazing chaps at the Cake Store showed Heston how to make this gingerbread house in Heston's Feasts

Ingredients

  • 346g brown sugar
  • 518g margarine
  • 216g golden sugar
  • 22g ground ginger
  • 22g ground mixed spice
  • 86g of egg
  • 1.037kg plain flour
  • 4g baking powder
  • Melted chocolate or royal icing
  • Method1. Preheat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Beat the brown sugar, margerine, golden syrup, ginger and mixed spice to a fluffy cream.2. Add the egg continuing to beat3. Sieve the flour and baking powder together, then add to the mixture and mix lightly until it forms a soft dough.4. Let the mix relax in the fridge for an hour before rolling and cutting into shapes to make your house template. You will need to make two 'house-shaped' ends (the front and back of your house), two walls and two roof panels. The roof panels should be a little longer than the walls and the same height as the sloped edges of the house-shaped end panels.This makes a house with these dimensions: Ends: 14cm x 20cm - roof slope 12cm; Wall 20cm x 25 cm; Roof 12cm x 28cmTip: Make sure to cut out the door and window sections before you bake - the cake is too hard to cut afterwards.5. Bake for 20 minutes, then let the gingerbread rest and harden.6. You'll need a solid base, such as a cake board. Assemble the house-shaped panels and the walls to make a box with two pointy ends. Use melted chocolate or royal icing to hold the walls together. Royal icing takes longer to set but will provide a stronger set.7. To make the roof, pipe up the sloped edges of the house-shaped panels and along the top of the wall panels. Rest a roof panel on the sloped edge, propping the bottom of the panel up with some books to support its weight. Repeat on the other side and pipe chocolate or royal icing to downteh centre of the roof. You can use rock or candy canes at each corner of the house for extra roof support.8. When the 'cement' has set, decorate with loads of sweets and biscuits. Mini chocolate cornflake cakes make great roof tiles. Kids love to get involved stick all the sweet stuff on with melted chocolate or royal icing.