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Sweet Treats Gingerbread House

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It’s gingerbread house time!

The inspiration for this one came from an unlikely -or likely, really, ;-) place… This adorable felt gingerbread house through Pinterest, made by BoBo Babushka:

I love the way Irene used cookies as roof tiles and stuck lollipops in the window troughs.

My version is slightly different… smaller heart openings with peek-a-boo red, disco dust and gum paste lollipops on toothpick sticks.

The sweet decorations on each side of the house were essentially mirrorred… large blue gumballs, tiny candy sixlets, and different-sized, hand made mushrooms and cupcakes.

I wanted to create a whimsical, dessert-themed, gingerbread house of sorts.

With donuts to be found all around the house…

slices of cake topped with mini macarons…

and the odd gingerbread man hiding here and there.

The base included a little cut-out circle spot to place a little light (battery operated), for a cosy night.

Won’t you come in for some tea and cookies? ;-)

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If you’d like to make a gingerbread house:

If you’d like to use the template I used for this house, you can find it in this post here.

Here are a few videos for you on making royal icing for gingerbread houses and how to put the house together (please reload the page if you can’t see the videos below):

How to Make Gingerbread House Royal Icing:

How to Put a Gingerbread House Together

Sources for Candy

My favorite places to find candy (in no particular order) are:

  • Old Thyme Confections ~ They ship and have an amazing array of candy. Thanks to them for providing some of the candy for my house!
  • Candy.com ~ Another source for an endless variety of candy. Thanks to Sue for this interview on Sweetopia!
  • Bulk Barn (local store)
  • Amazon.com

*You should know that although I have worked with a few of the companies in the examples above, I only recommend what I truly love and stand behind.

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How to Make the Lollipops, Mushrooms, Macaron Cake and Donuts

There are so many talented people on YouTube! I watched polymer clay video tutorials to find out how to make my edible versions of the lollipops, mushrooms, the macaron cake and donuts. I used gum paste instead of course. Click on the words below to find the videos on how to make each item:

… and anything else I’ve forgotten to mention, please feel free to ask in the comment section below.

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Thanks to Ellie of Ellie Kistemaker Photography for coming over on extremely short notice to help me take some photographs of my gingerbread house!

Like the one above which was also used for a group calendar collaboration!

Speaking of which, here’s your chance at winning something!

Thanks to Marlyn of Montreal Confections, who organized a group calendar project where other cookie decorators and myself were in charge of creating cookies for each month of the year (or a gingerbread house for my month, December). The result is so much fun, I love what everyone came up with! And you have the chance to win a copy of the calendar!

Here’s just a taste of what you’ll find:

So cute! Check out the sites of all the cookiers involved (below), you’re going to find beautiful cookie creations!

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Cookie Calendar Giveaway! CLOSED

Prize:

One copy of the Cookie Calendar, pictured above.

 

How to Enter: GIVEAWAY CLOSED

It’s easy. There are 5 possible ways of entering. Pick one, pick all – it’s your choice!

1. Let me know in the comment section below, that you’d like to win!

 

2. Like Sweetopia on Facebook and leave me a separate comment here letting me know you’ve done so (or have already liked on Facebook).

 

3. Tweet the giveaway, including @sweetopia in your tweet, and leave a separate comment here letting me know you’ve done so.

 

4. Share the giveaway on Facebook and leave a separate comment here letting me know you’ve done so.

 

5. Pin a photo from this post, tag @Sweetopia ~ Marian Poirier in your pin, and leave a separate comment here, letting me know you’ve done so.

 

 

 

The winners will be chosen randomly at random.org. The contest closes at 7pm EST on Sunday, December 16th, 2012. I will notify the winner via email.
CONGRATS to Heather, comment 170 for winning the calendar!

Thanks to everyone who entered and Happy Holidays!

xo,

Marian

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184 Comments

  1. Melissa
    December 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Permalink
    101

    I am already a fan of Sweetopia on facebook :)

  2. December 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Permalink
    102

    I just wanted to say that I LOVE your gingerbread house!! It’s just perfect. It was the mushrooms that made me gasp…just what I want!! I may try and copy yours this year!! ;) It would be great to win that super cute calendar, too :)

  3. sheila lynch
    December 10, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Permalink
    103

    Hi there! I would love to win one of your calenders. I follow all these wonderful cookie decorators everyday and I am always inspired! Thanks

  4. Stevie
    December 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink
    104

    i WOULD LOVE TO WIN

  5. Lisa
    December 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Permalink
    105

    I would love to win.

  6. Amy
    December 10, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Permalink
    106

    Marian,
    SOOOOOOOOO CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE!!!!!!! I couldn’t decide on which pic to pin so I pinned a bunch!! Love it all!!!!!!
    xo Amy

  7. Andrea
    December 11, 2012 at 1:48 am | Permalink
    107

    Such a gorgeous gingerbread house! And that calendar makes me so hungry lol!

  8. Andrea
    December 11, 2012 at 1:49 am | Permalink
    108

    I like you on Facebook!!!

  9. Andrea
    December 11, 2012 at 1:51 am | Permalink
    109

    Oh pinterest how I love thee!! I have pinned a photo!

  10. December 11, 2012 at 4:07 am | Permalink
    110

    Dear Marian, so beautiful videos, im in love with a pink one,
    i want to live inside forever!!
    Thanks!

  11. Tiarna
    December 11, 2012 at 6:47 am | Permalink
    111

    I would love a cookie calendar!

  12. Tiarna
    December 11, 2012 at 6:47 am | Permalink
    112

    And I’ve already ‘liked’ you on Facebook :)

  13. Bonnie Coello
    December 11, 2012 at 10:52 am | Permalink
    113

    Hi Marian! I have always wanted to make a homemade gingerbread house and love what you have done with yours. Would love a copy of that calendar! Beautiful!

  14. Beth Tappen
    December 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Permalink
    114

    I liked you on Facebook, too bad there isn’t a LOVE button! I can’t wait to check your blog for new inspiration, and older posts, too! Thank you for sharing!

  15. Tatyana
    December 12, 2012 at 1:05 am | Permalink
    115

    I would love to win this calendar to inspire me every day in 2013 ;)
    P.S. I love your gingerbread house

  16. Annette S
    December 12, 2012 at 3:27 am | Permalink
    116

    I would love to win <3

  17. Annette S
    December 12, 2012 at 3:27 am | Permalink
    117

    I like you on facebook and have for a long time ;-)

  18. December 12, 2012 at 8:25 am | Permalink
    118

    Would love to win the ginger bread house

  19. December 12, 2012 at 10:10 am | Permalink
    119

    I would love to have a calendar!I have been a FB fan a looooong time!

  20. December 12, 2012 at 10:13 am | Permalink
    120

    Pinterest is the next best thing to baking. Pinned a great picture of your amazing Gingerbread house.

  21. Toni
    December 13, 2012 at 3:52 am | Permalink
    121

    Hi Marian,

    I just wanted to ask if you make the houses to eat or just for decoration? I have been wanting to try your houses that you made last year but was not sure how long they would last for if i was to give them as a gift.

    Happy Holidays
    Toni

  22. December 14, 2012 at 8:55 am | Permalink
    122

    I’d love to win the cookie calendar!!

  23. December 14, 2012 at 8:55 am | Permalink
    123

    I follow Sweetopia on FB

  24. Jennifer Palabay
    December 14, 2012 at 8:57 am | Permalink
    124

    I’m already a fan of sweetopia on facebook. I’ve liked and left a comment with the picture and I’ve tweeted out to you.
    my twitter: @jennpalabay

    Love all the mini details of the gingerbread house….why couldn’t we win the gingerbread house!?

  25. December 14, 2012 at 8:57 am | Permalink
    125

    I tweeted- @hunWFD

  26. December 14, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink
    126

    Hi! I’d love to win one of your calenders. I follow all your creations everyday! I’m already fan of your page in FB ;) Thanks

  27. Kathleen Reifsnyder
    December 14, 2012 at 8:59 am | Permalink
    127

    @ Melissa:
    Already a Fan on Facebook!!

  28. December 14, 2012 at 9:00 am | Permalink
    128

    I pinned a photo to my Christmas pin board- http://pinterest.com/hunwfd/

  29. Kate Hansonk
    December 14, 2012 at 9:00 am | Permalink
    129

    I love your site! That calendar is super cute! I already follow you on facebook!

  30. December 14, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink
    130

    Shared the giveaway on my Hun… What’s for Dinner? FB page

  31. Rachel Valencia
    December 14, 2012 at 9:06 am | Permalink
    131

    I would love to win this!

  32. Rachel Valencia
    December 14, 2012 at 9:07 am | Permalink
    132

    I follow you on Facebook!

  33. Rachel Valencia
    December 14, 2012 at 9:08 am | Permalink
    133

    I shared this on my Facebook business page Theme Parties by Rachel.

  34. Elizabeth Kellett
    December 14, 2012 at 9:10 am | Permalink
    134

    I’d love to win one of your cookie calendars! You are an inspiration! Love your creations!!

  35. Marcy Divers
    December 14, 2012 at 9:10 am | Permalink
    135

    Liked you already on FB.LOve your blog! My kids would love the gingerbread house! It`s one of the activities on our Advent calendar.

  36. Ona strang
    December 14, 2012 at 9:23 am | Permalink
    136

    I would love to win.. I love decorating cookies

  37. Jennifer Simmons
    December 14, 2012 at 9:56 am | Permalink
    137

    I want to win!! :-)

  38. Jennifer Simmons
    December 14, 2012 at 9:56 am | Permalink
    138

    I Love (like)you on Facebook!!!

  39. Jennifer Simmons
    December 14, 2012 at 9:58 am | Permalink
    139

    Pinned on Pinterest!!

  40. Jennifer Simmons
    December 14, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink
    140

    Tweeted, or at least i think i did still new to the tweeting!

  41. Jennifer Simmons
    December 14, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink
    141

    shared on facebook!

  42. Alisa
    December 14, 2012 at 10:05 am | Permalink
    142

    I love this site! I am so looking forward to building my own gingerbread house someday. Until then, I’ll practice with cookies!

  43. AnnMarie
    December 14, 2012 at 11:11 am | Permalink
    143

    I want to win this!

  44. AnnMarie
    December 14, 2012 at 11:11 am | Permalink
    144

    I’m an FB fan.

  45. AnnMarie
    December 14, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink
    145

    Pinned that cute tree.

  46. AnnMarie
    December 14, 2012 at 11:13 am | Permalink
    146

    Shared the giveaway on FB

  47. AnnMarie
    December 14, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink
    147

    Tweeted.

  48. Cynthia Kelly
    December 14, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Permalink
    148

    Would love to win! Already liked on facebook.
    Thank you!

  49. December 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink
    149

    OMG!! Would love to win this gorgeous calendar!! PICK ME PLS!! LOL ! :D Liked your page!! Shared your gorgeous post too!!

  50. Christine McCabe
    December 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Permalink
    150

    Already a fan on Facebook and yes I would like to win a calendar. I love to bake! Cookies, brownies, and cakepops using fresh ingredients in all my recipes.

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