The giveaway has ended. Congrats and Happy Holidays to the winners, Heart Spun Creations and Louise F.!

Welcome back to the 12 Days of Christmas here on IBC. Before we dive into a new week and a new day with these Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake, I want to thank you for all the love and kind words about my Holiday Home Tour. I cannot express how much your comments (both on the post and social media) mean to me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

The 12 Days of Christmas continues with a festive and tasty little treat. I know I’ve been teasing you with it for a week or so, but today I’m finally going to share the details on my Gingerbread House Cake, plus teach you how to make Sugared Cranberries.

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday


Back in October I stumbled across this gingerbread house bundt pan at HomeGoods. (If you don’t have a HomeGoods near you or can’t find the pan in your store, you can also get it here.) After having so much fun with a similar skull cake pan for Halloween, I had to give this a try for Christmas.

That’s exactly what I did.

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

Using a delicious gingerbread cake recipe packed with seasonal spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and ginger, I got to work baking up a beautiful gingerbread house cake. And because one was not enough, I also purchased this pan and made some smaller houses, thus creating a little gingerbread village.

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

To keep the look simple, I opted to just add green cream cheese frosting to the trees and dust the entire house with confectioner’s sugar.

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

For a few seasonal touches, I brought in gingerbread men and candy cane icing decorations.

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

To finish off the cake, I tried my hand at making sugared cranberries. I’d seen these sparkly beauties floating around the internet over the past few years and finally had to whip up a batch myself.

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

Used as a garnish for my gingerbread house cakes, they added a delightful candy-coated touch of red.

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

Now, if you want my gingerbread cake recipe for these houses, plus a few more details on how I put them together, head on over to the HomeGoods Design Happy blog. Every month I share two posts on their blog, and this Snow-Covered Gingerbread Cake Village is my latest. You can find it here.

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I also wanted to show you how to make the sugared cranberries.

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholliday

Not only are they great for decorating gingerbread houses, but they have other uses around the holidays as well.

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

To start, they are delicious on their own served in a bowl alongside your holiday cheese board. The sugar coating perfectly complements the tart cranberries, making them a tasty snack. Serve them up with a plate of cheese and pepperoni and you’re in business.

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

They also make a shimmering addition to your holiday cocktail. I like to slip a few on a wood skewer and set it on top of the glass. As you might expect, the sugar will dissolve when it comes in contact with the cocktail. This method allows them to shine. I think they would look especially wonderful with my Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail or Jingle Juice Holiday Punch!

I most recently used them when I made my Very Merry Ornamentini!

Very Merry Ornamentini |

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

Beyond those ideas, you can use them to garnish your cookie tray or any seasonal appetizer. Let me show you how easy they are to make!

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday


Sugared Cranberries

Here's what you will need:
2 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup water
1 (12-ounce bag) fresh cranberries

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, combine 1/2 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved (2-3 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in the cranberries until they are well coated. Using a colander, drain the liquid from the cranberries. Transfer the cranberries to a wire rack and let dry for at least an hour.

Working in small batches, roll the cranberries in the remaining sugar until they are well coated. Let them dry for at least one hour on a wire rack.

Store the cranberries in a bowl without a lid. Enjoy as a snack within two days or use as decor for up to two weeks.


Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

Pretty simple, right? It’s easy to see why these little guys make the perfect holiday garnish. Now you’re ready to tackle the holidays with a delicious dessert recipe (that doubles as an adorable and festive village), plus some sparkly cranberries you can use in a variety of ways.



Sugared Cranberries and Gingerbread House Cake | #IBCholiday

IBC’s 12 Days of Christmas fun continues tomorrow! In case you’re just joining us, catch up on the fun by visiting more of the 12 Days of Christmas below.



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Tuesday Tunes / 22 - Good Morning
Tuesday Tunes / 21 - Songs About Love
Tuesday Tunes / 19 - Contemporary Christmas
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  • JoeyfromSC at

    Beautiful! I must get that cake pan lol
    Thanks for the sugared cranberries recipe. I’ve always wanted to make those!

    thanks r for the awesome giveaway too!

  • Jennifer at

    Perfection! I love that you kept the gingerbread house decorations simple.

  • lisa brennan at

    Love these ideas!! I’m getting the cake pans – probably both :-O And, I can’t wait to make the sugared cranberries. Thank you so much – I’m thrilled to have found your blog and look forward to your postings …

  • girlfromwva at

    i LOVE your gingerbread house, simply divine!

  • Kimmy at

    Gorgeous! We just went looking for a Bundt pan this weekend, no luck and we had already planned a trip to the Home Goods this coming weekend to search there! Perhaps we will be fortunate as well to find a cute one, similar to yours!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’ll keep my fingers crossed. I just saw a couple of them at two stores this past weekend. Good luck!

      xo Michael

  • Susan at

    Thanks for
    The recipe I’m making them! Your photos are amazing!!!

  • Matilda Joyce at

    Just bought the larger pan – excited to try this recipe.

  • Design Chic at

    What a beautiful gingerbread house and the sugar cranberries add the perfect festive touch. Have loved seeing all of your decorations, Michael – so pretty!!

  • Trish at

    Gorgeous! I’ve been wondering what to do with the lovely cranberries that came in my csa basket!!

  • Amy Lambermont at

    Love how simple the cake is! You are truly original, thank you.

  • Karen Maia at

    Hi Michael!

    I love your blog and EVERYTHING you post is just fabulous. I have also printed out many of your recipes.

    Thank you for keeping it real!

  • Karen Mary at

    Can’t wait to try the gingerbread houses! Did they slide out of the pans easily? (I have visions of myself digging out pieces of chimney! :)) And the beautiful cranberries will definitely be dotting all sorts of celebratory plates around here this season! Thanks for your beautiful posts!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yep, no problem at all. The baking cooking spray works perfectly.

      xo Michael

  • Patti at

    Just ordered this gingerbread mold last night. Can’t wait to try your recipe!

  • Sheila Vives at

    Very festive and this looks so delicious! I love inspiration like this.

  • zenmom at

    Loved your simple decoration on the cute houses. I’ve got a Nordic Ware bundt pan that makes 6 mini houses, which I love. I had just about decided to make them with a chocolate cake this year, but the gingerbread recipe is very tempting!

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