Here’s where to buy unassembled Gingerbread House Kits to decorate at home as well as ready-made Gingerbread Houses.
In my family, assembling our own gingerbread house and decorating it with copious amounts of white frosting, jellies and candies is one of the kids’ favourite Christmas traditions alongside putting up the Christmas tree and creating our homemade felt fireplace! Living in the tropics, it can be hard getting into the festive feels, but nothing puts a smile on our little ones’ faces more than a house smelling of gingerbread and a tray of candies to decorate a gingerbread house with (yes, we know most of them end up in little mouths!).
Read on for all the places in Singapore where you can get your hands on a gingerbread house kit to assemble and decorate at home. Or check out our gingerbread recipe and get yourself Gingerbread house cookie cutters here. You can even use our free downloadable cut-out template if you want to make your own. Or for a complete cheat, we also round up some spots where you can buy a ready-made gingerbread house to admire and then quickly devour!
Where to buy unassembled gingerbread house kits for kids to decorate
Little Farms Gingerbread House Kits: Gluten-Free
Little Farms‘ Gingerbread Folk House Kits will be available during the first week of November in store and online. Build and decorate the ultimate yuletide masterpiece! These Gingerbread House kits by Gingerbread Folk are made in Australia and include four gingerbread walls, roof and chimney, foil baseboard, plus royal-icing mix, piping bag and instructions. And when your work is done, wrap it up with the cellophane included in the kit and finish with ribbon so you can gift or preserve your creation! Little Farms stocks both classic gingerbread house kits and gluten free gingerbread house kits.
Gingerbread house kit from: $45
Gingerbread House Kits Online
Truth be told, you can pretty much find anything on Amazon.sg if you can’t find it in a shop in town. The Wilton Build it Yourself Mini Village Gingerbread Decorating Kit ($51.52) arrives ready to assemble with everything you need to build and decorate four gingerbread houses. There’s also a MasterPieces Works of Ahhh Holiday Gingerbread House, ($33.54 plus delivery) which is actually wood, so kids can decorate the house with the acrylic paint and other decorations provided, and you can have it as home decor for as long as you want. We also spotted a 10-piece Gingerbread House cookie cutter set ($24.76 plus delivery) if making your own from our template below sounds too daunting.
Gingerbread house kit from: $39
All Things Delicious: Halal Gingerbread House
All Things Delicious is a home-grown halal bakery café located at Arab Street. They stock halal gingerbread house kits ($39.90), ready to be put together and decorated by the kiddos! Each box comes with complete instructions together with the handmade cookies for two houses, royal icing, icing sugar and a piping bag.
Gingerbread house kit from $39
Redman: Unassembled Gingerbread House Kit
One of our favourite baking supply shops, Phoon Huat, sells the unassembled Redman Gingerbread kit at $50, and it’s currently available in selected stores across Singapore. Be sure to call ahead to make sure that the outlet you are heading to carries the Redman Gingerbread kit, or you can also get it online here.
Gingerbread house kit from: $50
IKEA: Cheapest DIY Gingerbread House Kit $10.50
IKEA boasts the cheapest DIY Gingerbread House kits in Singapore at just $10.50! IKEA’s gingerbread kits are sold at IKEA Swedish Food Market. Kids can decorate the gingerbread house with all of their favourite sweets and candies.
Gingerbread house kit from: $10.50
Marks & Spencer: build-your-own Gingerbread house kits
Marks & Spencer is also selling unassembled build-your-own Gingerbread house kits at $24.90. Find them in selected stores.
Gingerbread house kit from: $24.90
Make your own Gingerbread House: Recipe
Bake up your own Gingerbread House from scratch, or make a batch of gingerbread cookies and your house is guaranteed to smell just like Christmas! Download our free printable template for help cutting out the gingerbread house walls, roof, chimney etc, and try out our recipe below (remember to roll the dough out thin enough so you have enough dough for the template!)
Prep Time: 45m, Bake Time: 15m, Ready In: 1 hour
– 370 grams (3 cups) plain flour
– 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of baking soda
– 3 teaspoons ground ginger
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon ground cloves
– Pinch of salt
– 100g unsalted butter, softened
– 150g brown sugar
– 4 tablespoons honey (or light molasses)
– 3 tablespoons water
To decorate your gingerbread house:
– Royal Icing: 3 cups icing (confectioners’s/powdered) sugar, sifted mixed on high speed with 2 egg whites (ideally pasteurised), and ½ teaspoon cream of tartar. Keep covered when not using to prevent it from hardening.
– Sweets: lots of coloured candies, candy canes and smarties.
- Cut out the gingerbread house template (download from here).
- Sift together all the dry ingredients: flour, bicarbonate of soda, spices and salt.
- Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar until pale and creamy. Then pour in the honey and water and mix until well combined.
- Using a wooden spoon (or your mixer on low speed), gradually incorporate the flour mixture into the butter mixture until it comes together. Then knead the dough gently on a floured surface until it becomes a smooth dough. If it feels too sticky, add a little more flour while kneading. If it is too dry, you can add a small amount of water.
- Shape into a ball, cover with cling wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to rest and make it easier to work with later.
- Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line baking trays with non-stick baking paper and set aside.
- Between two sheets of non-stick baking paper, roll dough out. Remember to roll the dough out thin enough so you have enough dough for the template! Place template sections on top of dough and cut to shape. Repeat with remaining dough, re-rolling the trimmings, until you have two side walls, a front and back wall and two roof panels and a chimney.
- Place the gingerbread pieces back into the fridge for about 15 minutes before baking as they tend to hold their shape a lot better.
- Bake gingerbread in oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool to hard on the tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. This is really important as if they are not completely cool and hard then your gingerbread house won’t stand up!
- Once cool, pipe generous amounts of icing using a piping bag along the wall edges, one by one, to join the walls together. Use a small bowl to support the walls from the inside, then allow to dry, ideally for a few hours. Once dry, remove the supports and pipe icing onto the roof panels and chimney to fix on. Once dry it’s time to let the kids decorate using the remaining icing as glue to fix on the candies and sweets!
Where to Buy Ready-made Gingerbread Houses
If you don’t have the time, patience or the will to make or decorate your own gingerbread house, you can pick up a ready-made one at practically every bakery, hotel or gourmet grocer along with Christmas cakes — they sure do make a stunning table centrepiece.
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