How to Make a Gingerbread House

Posted on December 10th, 2013 in Gingerbread Houses, Tutorials

My first try at a gingerbread house led to a little bit of frustration, as the royal icing which came in the kit I was using, just wouldn’t hold the house walls or roof up. Fast forward a few years, and I’ve found a great royal icing recipe (No problem holding those walls up!), and have learned a few tips and tricks to make the experience even more fun.

I’ll be sharing my recipes and gingerbread house tutorial videos in this post, as well as a little how-to on this specific house.

 

Making a Gingerbread House

Recipes, Template & Candy Ideas

You can find my gingerbread cookie recipe here and a video on how I make my gingerbread house royal icing here. (Recipe included there as well).

Here is the template I used to cut the gingerbread house pieces out, along with a video on assembling the gingerbread house.

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For this year’s house, I went light on the candy, but flooded the house pieces with royal icing instead. (More on that below). If you’re looking for a few ideas, here are a few of mine from previous years, a collection of ideas on Pinterest, and if you’re interested in going a little more detailed, I love Teresa Layman’s books!

One of my favorite candies to use on a house for roof tiles, are Necco Wafers. You could make them from fondant as well, but I love the already made wafers, and they come in such pretty colors too.

 

Flooding the Gingerbread House Pieces

I used a pale pink royal icing and a piping tip #3.5 to cover my gingerbread house pieces. (Sorry about my dark phone pics here!).

For a how to video on flooding with royal icing, click here. Consistency of the icing is key. If you’d like to see a video on that, click here.

After I let the pieces dry for about 7 hours, I assembled the walls, let those dry for about an hour and then put on the roof. I was a little rushed for this house, so normally play it safe and wait at least overnight to put the roof on, but the humidity in the air was low and the icing was drying quickly, so it worked fine!

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Add your candy before or after you put on the roof – it’s up to you!

Once the roof was dry, I added the roof tiles and the royal icing hanging loops or swags were made using a #2 piping tip and stiff gingerbread house royal icing.

There were fun to pipe, although I’m looking forward to practicing, so that I can make them more even.

A how to video on the fondant snowflake (made using a medium sized PME snowflake cutter, can be found here.

Thanks to Holly’s Sweets and Eats for the idea of using random glittery roof tiles!

Besides the ribbon around the gingerbread house base, all the other silvery glittered items are covered in disco dust. Important to note is that disco dust is considered non-toxic, but for food decorative purposes only. Make sure your gingerbread house recipients know to remove the disco dust items if they’re eating the house.

Are you making a gingerbread house this year? I’d love to hear about your gingerbread house experiences, or would love to see pics of your houses too, if you’d like to share links in the comment section below, or on FacebookGoogle+ etc.!

Have fun baking and decorating!

xo,

Marian

 

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