This years gingerbread house is a Christmas Bakery complete with a working fireplace! The bakery stands around 24" tall , 18" wide, 12" deep. The bottom windows are see thru to the bakery confections, Christmas tree and presents, and the brick fireplace with stocking hanging.
The bright red gumpaste sleigh out front is filled with presents and a little gingerbread boy and girl. The topiaries are made of gumballs and the planters are made of gingerbread.
Here is a look inside the main front window. The glass is made from gelatin sheets. The tables are set with various gumpaste cakes and cookies. The fireplace in background is made of gingerbread, with cinnamon stick logs and small flickering nightlight representing the flame. The mantle is adorned with gumpaste stockings filled with treats!
Here's a detail shot of the fabulous fireplace that my dad designed and constructed! Isn't it amazing? I think its the best thing about the gingerbread bakery! The fireplace is made of gingerbread, the bricks are made by scoring the gingerbread and washing over it with royal icing. The logs are cinnamon sticks and the stocking are made from gumpaste (similar to fondant but dries harder) and various candy sprinkles are used to fill.
Here you can see the early design and the eventual lighting with the wooden dowels used to support the large pieces of gingerbread. When making a gingerbread structure of this size you must have supports or the gingerbread will collapse. The paper templates are taped up to the support to see if the final gingerbread will fit correctly.