This is the first year I have created a gingerbread house using my own design. I joked with my Facebook friends that my experience working for an interior design firm and architecture firm all those years prepared me for gingerbread house design. I started by constructing a cardstock model of the home I wanted to create- one with lots of windows and a stone fireplace. To see how I created this gingerbread house, continue reading...
After measuring and cutting and figuring out roof lines and taping it all together, I undid it all to use each piece as a template for the gingerbread baking:
Here is the chilled gingerbread dough reading to roll. You can find the gingerbread recipe I use from my post a few years ago. I made one batch for the entire house with plenty extra.
When you roll out sides that need to match up, it is important to roll your gingerbread out between two pieces of parchment paper. You don't want to lift or shift the gingerbread once you have it cut in the shape of the template:
It is best to make any cut-outs prior to baking. I used a small square cookie cutter to cut the windows. Carefully remove the cut out and clean up the edges. I used a toothpick and Xacto knife to help smooth the sides- the better you tidy it up here, the less work later to shave it off.
Here is the gingerbread all baked and cooling. It took about 4hrs total to mix the dough and bake all of the gingerbread pieces.
This gingerbread house is decorated from the inside out, so I piped white royal icing on all of the interior walls.
After allowing the royal icing to set overnight, I flipped the pieces around to pipe stone on the lower section of the exterior walls. The stone is just royal icing piped in the random shapes of stones.
After the stones set overnight, I painted them with food coloring- a little black/brown/yellow/pink. Painting on royal icing is a lot like water color painting. My first idea for the stone was to make small gum paste stones and then I realized how long it would take to shape, dry, arrange, attach, etc. The royal icing was perfect and looked very realistic.
Here is the interior wall of the stone fireplace. First, I piped and filled the wall- leaving the space of the stone fireplace- and filling in a square for the fire. As you can see below, I painted the fire & logs first and then painted black around the fire. Then I filled in the stones up to the ceiling and hand painted the stones with the food coloring.
That's as far as I got before we took off for my sister's for an early Thanksgiving with my entire immediate family...all 31 of us!
Next up, the gum paste figures. I am going to break this up into a couple of posts, so stay tuned for more instruction on how to create this gingerbread house from the inside, out, and what I did with the house!
To see the gum paste figures, click here.
To see the interior of the gingerbread house, click here.