> GINGERBREAD HOUSE 101
Gingerbread House Landscaping Ideas
A Gingerbread house may look beautiful on its own, but a little
bit of 'landscaping' makes it a house straight out of a
Fairytale! Learn how to make fences, trees, ponds, windows,
flowers, garden paths, snow and icicles around your gingerbread
Trees and Bushes
Large green gum drops are well trimmed bushes, a row of them
becomes a hedge. Cut them into smaller pieces to make shrubs, or
stack them on top of each other for a topiary tree. Create larger
fur trees by attaching small green gum drops to ice cream cones, or
pipe green icing around ice cream cone trees. Trees can be also
made by using the Christmas tree pattern on this page.
Ponds & Windows
To make frozen ponds or glass like windows, melt hard candies
on foil covered baking sheets in the oven and let cool. Sugar
candies melt when heated. Keep heating and they caramelize,
creating the look of murky glass. For stain glass effect, crush
colored hard candies and make little piles of three or more
different colors right next to each other on the foil. As they
melt, they will merge together. Use enough candy so that the
finished puddle will be slightly larger than the window opening
that needs the glass. When the glass cools, attach by heavily icing
the inside of the window cutout and pressing the glass into place.
Allow to dry before handling. On the pond... don't forget the swan!
Use this pattern to trace onto gingerbread dough, bake and
cool. Cover with green icing and decorate with brightly colored
candy, icing or candied fruits. Let dry, turn over, and decorate
reverse side. When dry, slip the two halves together for a free
standing tree. String lights around the tree by attaching small
colored candies, silver dragges or colored frosting and black
string licorice. Make chains by threading string licorice through
colored cereal loops.
Use frosting on green gum drop bushes. Attached flower shaped
candies or kid cereals with little bits of frosting onto the green
First lay down a path of frosting then press in the stones
(mixed nuts, rock candy, broken crackers, etc.) or bricks (cut
pieces of red licorice, red cinnamon candies, square crackers or
cereal) into place.
Use crushed crackers or cookies. Also using various colors of
crushed crackers or cookies gives a gravel effect.
Use candy canes or pretzel sticks as posts or rails. Mini whole
pretzels make great gates. Secure to base with frosting.
Use lots of frosting around and on top of the gingerbread house
to create the look of winter. For just a light dusting of snow,
sift powdered sugar over the house. If you do not have a sifter,
shake a little powdered sugar through a strainer.
Pipe white frosting through a large cake decorating tip or a
large opening cut from a home made icing bag. Begin by piping just
at the edge and drawing the tip slowly down to dangle over the
roof. Let dry before adding more frosting if desired.
by Kimberly Lainson of
The Party Works
Mary Ann & Kimberly, a mother and daughter team have
created their sites
http://www.cakeworkscentral.com to provide
a treasure trove of free kids birthday parties, baby showers and
cake decorating ideas.