Dec 09


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? 😉


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!
  • ~ Another source for an endless variety of candy. Thanks to Sue for this interview on Sweetopia!
  • Bulk Barn (local store)

*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.


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.


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!


Cookie Calendar Giveaway! CLOSED


One copy of the Cookie Calendar, pictured above.



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 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!



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

    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.

  2. Brenda Crawley
    December 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win one of your calenders. They are beautiful.

  3. Patty Petrosino
    December 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    All your creations amaze me! I would love to win the calendar. Lots of likes for your postings on Facebook because everything is top notch beautiful and creative!

  4. Brenda Crawley
    December 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    I have liked your page on facebook already.

  5. Brenda Crawley
    December 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    I have shared your page on face book. Please pick me.

  6. Elena
    December 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    HI there! , I have liked sweetopia on facebook and I would love to win the adorable calender! =D cheers!

  7. Izabela Szuty
    December 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win one of your calendars!
    The beautiful photos would be inspirational to my ” baking dates” with my little boys!
    I have “liked” all of your postings on Facebook because they are just amazing!

  8. Phyllis
    December 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Would love to win a Cookie Calendar.

  9. Phyllis
    December 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    I like Sweetopia on facebook

  10. amy
    December 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    like on facebook, and would love the calendar! 🙂

  11. December 14, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    would love a calendar! liked on facebook!

  12. Khandra Henderson
    December 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win, thanks for the giveaway

  13. Khandra Henderson
    December 14, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    I like Sweetopia on facebook

  14. Susan
    December 14, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    would love to win yo0ur lovely calendar…

  15. Susan
    December 14, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    follow you on facebook…

  16. Jen
    December 15, 2012 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    I like you on facebook!

  17. Silvia
    December 15, 2012 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    I already follow you on facebook and I love everything you do! That gingerbread house is really beautiful, I love it!

  18. Linda
    December 15, 2012 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    I would love to win a calendar.

  19. Linda
    December 15, 2012 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    I have been following you on facebook.

  20. Fallon
    December 15, 2012 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    I’d like to win!

  21. Heather
    December 15, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Your little house looks so cozy 🙂
    I would love to win the cookie calendar!

  22. MK
    December 15, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    I have liked on FB. This calendar is beautiful!

  23. MK
    December 15, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Opps forgot to say I also shared on FB.

  24. Teresa Snyder
    December 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win one of these awesome calendars! Your site is awesome! Thanks for all you share!

  25. lynn carbone
    December 15, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    I liked sweetopia on facebook

  26. lynn carbone
    December 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    I would love to have this hanging in my office so i can look at it when i want to be home baking

  27. Pearline Thompsoon
    December 16, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    These calendars are beautiful I would love to win one what better way to accentuate nmy kitchen wall

  28. December 18, 2012 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Every time I see your gingerbread houses I get so excited and just want to go to Sugar (a store full of different candies) and build my own!!!

    I always wonder… do you make them just for looking pretty christmas decor? or do you actually eat them? lol

  29. marian
    December 18, 2012 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    HI, @ Ingrid Urena [photographer @ Penguin Designing]: Lol, funny you say that… this one is on display at school in the culinary arts ‘window’ but all 7 houses I made last year I gave away. Perfect little Christmas gifts!

  30. December 24, 2012 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Well not a gingerbread house but I did a gingerbread boat. Not nearly as good as yours but here it is.

  31. January 9, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Hi, Marian!!!
    I follow almost every tutorial you publish.
    This is what I got to with this one.
    Hope you like it!!!
    Thanks for sharing all your tips!!!

  32. marian
    January 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    That’s so unique and creative, @ Alicia! Glad to see you had fun making the details.

    Gorgeous, @ Florencia! Thank you for following me here.

  33. August 24, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Wonderful video tutorials, Marian! Thanks for sharing!

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