I call this easy-ish because the directions for cutting the cakes into pieces make no sense unless you're looking at the picture.
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1960 recipe from old Brer Rabbit Molasses advertising
1 cup shortening
4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
2 cups sugar
1 cup Brer Rabbit Molasses
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. allspice
1 cup buttermilk (try the powdered variety)
Cream together shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Add molasses. Sift together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, allspice and salt; add alternately with milk to creamed mixture. Grease and flour two 8" x 8" x 2" pans; pour in batter. Bake in moderate oven 350˚ for 50 minutes. Cool. Remove from pans.
Cut sides of one layer on a slant, for base. Slice top layer triangle-shape for roof. Place on top of base. "Snow" roof with frosting. Use pastry tube to outline floors, windows and doors with frosting.
The ad doesn't mention the chimney. I think you can easily make one from the sides you cut away from the base and the roof. If the frosting doesn't work to "glue" the chimney to the roof, use a toothpick or two.
This retro mom is really into gingerbread.