Monday, January 10, 2011

Pink Gingerbread House

Hansel & Gretel would be proud of my gingerbread house! I decided my contribution to the Christmas lunch would be all sweet (who would have guessed?!) and also decided I wanted to do something I'd never done before...make a gingerbread house! So first I gathered my tools and ingredients.

Pink Gingerbread House
Cake board covered in fondant, pink mini marshmallows, mushroom candies,
strawberry wafers, ice cream cones, lots and lots of Royal Icing and gingerbread

Pink Gingerbread House
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.

Pink Gingerbread House
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!

Pink Gingerbread House
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!

Pink Gingerbread House
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.

Pink Gingerbread House
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.

Pink Gingerbread House
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!

Pink Gingerbread House
"Lamington" Trees

Pink Gingerbread House
Pink Trees!

Pink Gingerbread House
Roof Side

Pink Gingerbread House
Back of the Gingerbread House

Pink 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.

Gingerbread Men
Gingerbread Men

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