Gingerbread Cottage

Cinnamon-Orange Gingerbread

Preparation info
  • Serves


    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Birthday Cake Book

By Fiona Cairns

Published 2011

  • About

There’s no reason why a gingerbread house should be reserved for Christmas festivities and covered in snow. It makes a great birthday cake at any time of the year, personalised with favourite sweets or chocolates. It will keep for up to a week, stored in a dry place.


To Bake

  • 700 g plain flour, plus more to dust
  • 4 tsp ground ginger
  • 2


To Bake

Sift the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl and add the butter. Rub together with your fingertips - or tip into a food processor or the bowl of an electric mixer and blend - until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.

Add the egg yolks, sugar, syrup and orange zest and mix until the dough comes together. If it’s too sticky,