For Nathan's first birthday in America, he wanted a gingerbread house. But because he is new to this country, and had never made a gingerbread house yet, he didn't understand they are actually hollow! But he talked about gingerbread houses all year, screamed every time he saw a picture of one, and so that's what he wanted for his birthday.
And that's just what he got! Here is the tray of candy ready for cake construction times:
Yes! Under all of this candy and icing and graham crackers is a delicious fudgey chocolate cake! When it was time to cut the cake, I was a little unsure how to proceed, but basically I popped off giant sections of roof and put them on a plate (they quickly disappeared, btw), and then the graham crackers by this time were soft and could be cut right along with the rest of the cake.