Housewarming cakes should help create warm, happy feelings about a new address and a new stage of life. Rather than serving a plain iced cake with a generic message, make a creative cake customized to the new home and its owners. Whether the housewarming party is celebrating a small apartment rental or a huge house purchase, a cake design exists for every situation.
Make a nest cake as a representation of the new home. You can use chocolate-covered pretzels to represent the twigs in the bird's nest, or use chocolate frosting in a piping bag with a thin, round tip for the branches. For a round cake, coat it in a smooth layer of brown frosting and cover the exterior with chocolate pretzels for a realistic-looking nest. Alternately, pipe thin strips of brown icing all over the already-iced cake, almost as if you are giving the cake hair. For a rectangular cake, ice it in a bright color and pipe brown frosting in a circular shape so it looks like birds build a nest on top of the cake. Place bird cake toppers or bird-shaped children's toys in the center of the nest as a finishing touch.
"Laying down the welcome mat" is often associated with officially moving into a new house, so a welcome mat cake brings those feelings to mind. Use a rectangular cake and ice it with brown frosting if you want to turn the whole cake into a welcome mat. Pipe a black or white border of frosting around the edges on the top of the cake, and scribe “Welcome” in the center. Alternately, frost the rectangular cake with green to represent grass or white to represent concrete and then add a large brown rectangle to the top. Decorate the rectangle with black or white frosting to look like a welcome mat. You can also add a short housewarming message to the welcome mat for a more personalized cake.
A miniature house atop a housewarming cake is suitable for the occasion. For a simple yet but appropriate cake, assemble and decorate a gingerbread kit and place it atop a plain, iced cake. Keep the gingerbread kit sealed and unassembled for as long as possible so it is fresh and tasty when you serve the cake. Alternately, ice a cake with green frosting to represent a lawn and place a house-shaped cake topper in the center. Children's toys or even a printed house cut out of sturdy paper work in place of a specialty cake topper. Add a personal message to the cake to polish it for presentation or wrap the house design in a bit of soft fabric to symbolize keeping it warm for a humorous take on housewarming.
If the housewarming party is held to celebrate the purchase of a house, a "SOLD" sign makes a memorable cake. Ice the cake in whatever color you prefer and create a white rectangle of frosting in the center to represent a SOLD sign. Scribe the address in piping to the new house on the sign to customize it. To mark the house as sold, write “SOLD” in red letters in the corner of the sign. Alternately, print the word “SOLD” on a piece of paper, cut it out and stick it to the frosting in the corner of the sign with the address.
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