On other fronts, I've been trying to come up with a new showstopper Christmas dessert. I think I'm on to something.
1. Bake two sides and two ends of a large gingerbread house; cool and decorate.
2. Assemble a three-layer cake in the shape of a house:Bottom layer = pound cake;
Middle layer = ice cream;
Top layer = trifle, composed of angel food cubes, berries, and something whipped for a binder (probably a cream cheese and marshmallow fluff something) -- the whole triangular in form, like a roof.
3. Cover assembled cake with meringue and brown in a hot oven -- in effect, making a complicated sort of Baked Alaska
4. As soon as the cake emerges from the oven, slap the gingerbread sides on the house. The whole should look like a winter cabin with meringue snow on the roof.