Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments

Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments

This amazingly realistic gingerbread competition piece made by Heather Plawski Lewis won 2nd place in the 2011 Grove Park Inn Gingerbread House Competition, the most prestigious gingerbread house competition in the U.S. It comes with a wonderful explanation of how they were … Continue reading

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House Feature “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” Made by Cakes for Occasions Artists: Angela Petterson, Kate Rousselle, Janelle Hodge, Heather Sullivan, Caitlin Gallarelli, & Shelia Glidden, Kristen Paul-Stair, Reve Prapeall & Michelle Zeroulias I had the pleasure of getting to … Continue reading

Nestled Snug in Their Gingerbread Beds

Night Before Xmas Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House Feature  “The Children Were Nestled All Snug In Their Beds” from The Night Before Christmas Made by Linda Carney VIDEO: Behind the Scenes with Linda Carney This award-winning gingerbread house, entitled, “The Children Were Nestled All Snug In Their … Continue reading

Getting the Edible Presents Ready

Santa's Workshop Gingerbread House

On the 23rd of December, in Santa’s workshop gingerbread house, the gumpaste reindeer start to get organized and pair off for the present run, deciding who’s going to pull the cookie sleigh in what order. Rudolph, Blitzen, and Santa have … Continue reading

Icing Swag Piped Gingerbread House

Royal Icing Piped Swag Gingerbread House Design

Here is a modeling chocolate figurine sitting in a pool of pink royal icing beside her strawberry-colored swag-piped gingerbread house. This design includes an optional chimney attachment. Follow this link to read my Royal Icing Wreath Tutorial The highlight of the … Continue reading

Chocolate & Cookie Waterfall

Gingerbread House Waterfall Tutorial

Here is how I made the chocolate waterfall for the Wonka Candy Factory Gingerbread House. First, I created a DIY paper gingerbread house template for the whole structure. Here’s a look at how the waterfall element evolved from creation to completion. Once the … Continue reading

Gingerbread and Icing Bubble Machine

Gingerbread and Royal Icing Bubble Machine

Embedded into one of the side walls of my giant Wonka Gingerbread Candy Factory, there was a bubble machine. To make the bubbles for my gingerbread cookie bubble machine, I first baked some small gingerbread cookie circles and different sized … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes Gingerbread House Making

Behind the Scenes Making of a Giant Gingerbread Houseb

Here’s how to build large gingerbread structures: by creating boxes and first allowing their sides to harden before adding roofs and stacking them. All the pieces should be decorated in advance and allowed to dry completely before assembly. It helps to designate an … Continue reading

Royal Icing Vine Inlay Gingerbread House

Royal Icing Inlay Vin Design Gingerbread House

If you look up close at this yellow, white, and green fancy gingerbread house, you can see that the vine patterns are seamlessly inlaid into the royal icing. All you need is a piping bag and toothpick. This effect was … Continue reading

Royal Icing Wreaths

Royal Icing Wreaths

Piping royal icing wreaths is a similar technique to piping royal icing fir trees. You can watch how a video on how to execute this technique in the book Gingerbread House Decoration & Construction. Next: Royal Icing Vine Inlay You might … Continue reading

Royal Icing Over Piping Method

Decorative Royal Icing Over Piping on a Gingerbread House (2)

Below are some photos of this over-piped blue gingerbread house in process.   These pictures tell the story of how the white lattice and rose cluster decorations were created using royal icing, piping cones, and patience. The royal icing roses were … Continue reading

Over Piped Gingerbread House

Overpiped Gingerbread House

Here is a fancy blue gingerbread house with white lattice fixtures holding rose clusters. In the cake decorating realm, we call this form of piping over and over in layers the Lambeth Method. There are 7 layers of piped royal icing on … Continue reading

The Making of the Oompa Loompas

Once, I made a giant gingerbread house that looked like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. There were all kinds of candies involved (vats of candy) and there were many singing Oompa Loompas. These edible munchkins were made of gumpaste.  However the … Continue reading