|Cake board covered in fondant, pink mini marshmallows, mushroom candies, |
strawberry wafers, ice cream cones, lots and lots of Royal Icing and gingerbread
|Baked Gingerbread Walls|
I got the dimensions off a picture I Googled (sorry I don't remember what they were) and doubled them. I just cut them out of paper then put the paper onto my rolled out gingerbread and cut with a knife. I probably could have cooked it a little longer as the walls weren't as hard as I thought they would be. I was a little worried they might get darker patches and not look cute and perfect then!
Next I piped a large L shape onto the cake board, I stuck two of the walls down (with the help of Hubby!) then piped another line opposite the wide wall and stuck that wall down. Lastly I piped down the last line and "glued" the last wall in place. Then it gets a little tricky as you have to get right in that little house and pipe into the corners to really glue it in place.
|Putting the House Together|
Then came the scary (or so I thought) part....the roof! I don't know what I would have done if my hubby hadn't been there to hold them in place. I piped along all the edges of the top where the roof would go and stuck them on one at a time. We held the pieces together for at least a minute before I piped the top of the roof together. Then we took our hands off and TADAA! It stood up on its own! Now it was the fun part....DECORATING!
|Gluing on the Roof|
My Aunty was having a pink theme for Christmas and I really wanted to stick to this as much as possible so when I was at the supermarket I was racking my brain as to what I could use that was strictly just pink.
I started with the door and windows, I separated some strawberry wafers and cut them to the right sizes. This was lots of fun because I got to eat all the odd bits -I love wafer biscuits!
|My Pink Gingerbread House!|
I glued the doors and windows on with more Royal Icing (using a number 2 tip) and then outlined them to really make them POP! Still using the number 2 tip I made the roof by piping loops over and over again. I added a bit more decoration to the house with the icing before switching to tip number 21 (I think!) and tinted my icing light pink. I piped a little heart on the door (to make it more welcoming) and stars all over the roof.
Now for the trees! I was originally going to make green trees but once I had started on the pink theme it just didn't really seem appropriate, so, pink trees it was! I cut the ice cream cones down to the heights I wanted and piped hundreds of little stars with the pink icing and tip 21. These looked fabulous! They were a little hard to move around and stick in place without ruining them though! I added some silver cachous last minute because I thought they needed it.
|Side with Trees|
On the opposite side I piped down small blobs of white icing and stuck the pink mushrooms in. I loved how these looked, I think they looked more like little lamington trees! Lastly I cut up some pink marshmallows and stuck these to the cake board using more icing. These were actually really hard to use, next time I think I'll just pipe stepping stones!
|Back of the Gingerbread House|
|My Pink Gingerbread House!|
What's a gingerbread house without gingerbread men? Here they are all buttoned up and ready to party in their new house! All in all I was ecstatic that it actually worked! I think it turned out fabulous and totally how I pictured it, next year I'll try and up my game again and think of some more creative ideas.