We love looking at Nordic Ware's yearly holiday parade of fancy cake pans, but we don't usually think they're very practical. This year's pan, though, is different. It's not only practical, it's practically cheaterly in its potential to overcome your gingerbread house challenges forever.
This pan creates a very cozy holiday cottage, and since you can make it out of gingerbread cake or spice cake, it could replace those fussy, not very tasty gingerbread houses glued together with stiff icing. You can still let your kids indulge their love of bright candy decorations, though; just stick them on with icing (and peel them off later when you want to eat it!).
What do you think? Cheaterly? Too easy? Just right? Would a cake pan ever replace old-fashioned gingerbread house construction?
• Find it: Gingerbread House Bundt® Cake Pan, $34 at Williams-Sonoma