Goodies Bakery Gingerbread House
This years gingerbread house is a bakery.... Goodies Bakery! I was going for a style somewhere between a miniature Christmas village and Main St. Disneyland. What do you think? My dad is the master-mind behind this amazing construction!
I was adamant that I wanted bay windows to showcase the "goodies", so he took that info and various inspiration pics that I had collected to come up with an amazing template that created this beautiful gingerbread house!
Because the house is so big (15" tall not including the chimney) we used wooden dowels secured into the wooden base to help support the gingerbread walls. This is a great tip that I found in this fantastic book called Gingerbread For All Seasons.
The house is made of gingerbread and the "mortar" holding the structure together is a brown tinted royal icing. The brow tinted icing is great because it kind of blends in with the gingerbread instead of sticking out like white icing.
The "bricks" were made by carving lines with a rotary tool into the baked gingerbread, piping over them with royal icing, then wiping the icing off to create that great three dimensional grouted brick look.
I tried to make clear isomalt windows but they didn't turn out clear! So I kept them for the side bay windows (hey, they look like frosted glass!) and just left the front windows open. The colored windows are all made of tinted isomalt to create a holiday glow and mask the light bulbs inside the house.
My dad added the lighting feature in the bay windows using two little night lights (clever!). The main lighting is the house is a single energy efficient light bulb that stays cool. The miniature goodies are made out of pre-made gumpaste and royal icing.
My dad made the mini cupcake tier out of 3 round pieces of tin and a nail, then he sprayed it white. All the lattice work and the porch rails are made of piped royal icing. The log holder is made from some wire sprayed gold and the logs are cut pieces of cinnamon sticks stacked together.
The hanging sign and the board sign in front are made of gumpaste. This house took about a week to finish and is around 15" tall and 13" wide. If I've inspired you to create your own gingerbread house I highly recommend this great book called Gingerbread For All Seasons.
This book has tons of ideas, instructions and templates for creating all kinds of gingerbread houses and is great for beginners as well as experienced gingerbread house builders. Happy Holidays! And Happy Baking!