Anyone interested in doing a gingerbread house thread

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cupcakeatheart Posted 30 Nov 2009 , 9:57pm
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I got bit by the GB bug last night watching Food Network Challegne. Never made one before, but thought why not. I have started my sketching out my structure....what a trip on the math icon_razz.gif
Question for you ladies though, any tips on evergreen trees? I have seen some the beautiful one you all have made.

BTW amazing houses and so inspiring!!!! Can't wait to see more pictures

TIA

Win Posted 30 Nov 2009 , 11:13pm
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Originally Posted by cupcakeatheart

I got bit by the GB bug last night watching Food Network Challegne. Never made one before, but thought why not. I have started my sketching out my structure....what a trip on the math icon_razz.gif
Question for you ladies though, any tips on evergreen trees? I have seen some the beautiful one you all have made.

BTW amazing houses and so inspiring!!!! Can't wait to see more pictures

TIA




here's a great "how to" on evergreens...




Good luck and have fun!

CakesByLJ Posted 30 Nov 2009 , 11:33pm
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My favorite gingerbread books are:
(Stellingwerf's topping the list.)




Oh boy, I haven't looked in this thread since it began icon_eek.gif

PenGwenny Posted 2 Dec 2009 , 4:48am
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Finished the majority of the candy decorating...who knew it would be sooo much fun. I'll be starting the gumpaste work tomorrow. First time ever for that medium....wish me luck.

I've uploaded my recent photos so check 'em out. I'm pretty happy with the progress.

Let me just tell you how much I love, love, love pearl dust!!! icon_biggrin.gif

Win Posted 2 Dec 2009 , 5:59pm
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Finished the majority of the candy decorating...who knew it would be sooo much fun. I'll be starting the gumpaste work tomorrow. First time ever for that medium....wish me luck.

I've uploaded my recent photos so check 'em out. I'm pretty happy with the progress.

Let me just tell you how much I love, love, love pearl dust!!! icon_biggrin.gif




It's looking great! One thing you might want to do is combine your gumpaste with fondant for a more workable medium. The gumpaste dries very quickly when it is by itself and you might, just might, find it hard to get things done to your liking. A lot of people suggest 50/50 but I actually find 60 gumpaste to 40 fondant is a better ratio for me.

yesterday, I took the kiddos I baby-sit out to buy candy for their houses. This is the first year they have had any active interest in the house, since they are still fairly young (but already know to expect one each year!) They had a blast picking out candy. It's such a great memory for the little ones and we grownups have a blast as well!

cupcakeatheart Posted 3 Dec 2009 , 3:42pm
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Thanks Win!

Rylan Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 4:14am
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I'm baking my pieces right now. Win's recipe is GREAT! I love it. It's the best I've ever used.

Thanks Win!

PenGwenny Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 6:36am
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I think my little guys turned out ok for a first attempt at gumpaste figures. Think they make a nice addition to the GB Ice Castle. Maybe I'll make some snowballs to pile around and still have my ice pond to make, but then I'll calling it quits. It's been tons of fun and lots of work.

I uploaded some new photos of my gumpaste efforts.

Win Posted 4 Dec 2009 , 5:12pm
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I'm baking my pieces right now. Win's recipe is GREAT! I love it. It's the best I've ever used.

Thanks Win!




got your PM as well! I'm so excited for you, Rylan --hope it turns out great!

PenGwenny Posted 5 Dec 2009 , 2:40am
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I think my little guys turned out ok for a first attempt at gumpaste figures. Think they make a nice addition to the GB Ice Castle. Maybe I'll make some snowballs to pile around and still have my ice pond to make, but then I'll calling it quits. It's been tons of fun and lots of work.

I uploaded some new photos of my gumpaste efforts.




Uploaded the final photo just now.

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1529277⊂=1531170

I think I'm finally done!!! It's been a blast to do, but now I can sit back and enjoy the holidays and my creation.

Thanks so much to everyone on this forum who have offered up help, advice, tips/tricks, and support. I couldn't have done it without all of you..so thank you so very much.

I've learned some things along the way too so I'll be more prepared (experienced icon_biggrin.gif

Rylan Posted 5 Dec 2009 , 2:55am
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Win, I finished baking 90% of the pieces at 5 AM. I had to make another batch so I can finish the rest--which I will be baking later on.

I really love how strong it is. I also had minimal distortion--thanks to your tips. I'll probably start assembling tomorrow.

PenGwenny, I love your gingerbread house! Love the colors you used. Oh and the penguins are sooo cute! I wanted to add something like that to my last gingerbread house but I had no idea how to make them.

Win Posted 5 Dec 2009 , 3:44am
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PenGwenny; TOO RIDICULOUSLY CUTE!!! Love those penguins!

Rylan: Go to bed and get some sleep! icon_biggrin.gif

Rylan Posted 7 Dec 2009 , 2:28pm
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I just finished assembling mines--still haven't decorated it yet. It's the biggest gingerbread house I will be making, about 4 feet wide.

I changed plans, none of the gingerbread walls will be exposed (most of them are burnt but no worries since it's only for display). As you can see, I used the back side of the gingerbread as the front. I had to do it because I will be covering the walls with gumpaste.

My question. How will I be able to attach fresh gumpaste on the gingerbread? What glue do I use? The gumpaste will not be dry. I am worrying that the gumpaste might soften my gingerbread. Last year, I made my first gumpaste (Wilton) but attached it dry with royal icing. Anyone have experience with attaching fresh gumpaste on gingerbread? I will be using fondant with lots of tylose.

Here is the picture (forgive the messy royal icing on the gingerbread, it will be covered anyways).
LL

Win Posted 7 Dec 2009 , 6:40pm
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Originally Posted by Rylan

I just finished assembling mines--still haven't decorated it yet. It's the biggest gingerbread house I will be making, about 4 feet wide.

I changed plans, none of the gingerbread walls will be exposed (most of them are burnt but no worries since it's only for display). As you can see, I used the back side of the gingerbread as the front. I had to do it because I will be covering the walls with gumpaste.

My question. How will I be able to attach fresh gumpaste on the gingerbread? What glue do I use? The gumpaste will not be dry. I am worrying that the gumpaste might soften my gingerbread. Last year, I made my first gumpaste (Wilton) but attached it dry with royal icing. Anyone have experience with attaching fresh gumpaste on gingerbread? I will be using fondant with lots of tylose.

Here is the picture (forgive the messy royal icing on the gingerbread, it will be covered anyways).




I have mine up, but am wrestling with roof angles... not even half as big as yours, Rylan --just a simple Georgian Farm House, but I'm loving the look of my walls... I "stuccoed" them with royal icing.

As to gumpaste and glue... I always make my glue from bits of gumpaste dissolved in warm water. You can make it rather thick for gingerbread. I'd put a good bit into the warm water so that the thickness would be the same as a hobby glue. I've done that often. I don't think you will have to worry about the gumpaste softening the gingerbread. It will harden as it dries, and if the glue is thick enough, it will dry as well. (I have painted my roof with vodka and gel color and it has not softened even a little bit so don't worry about yours.)

I use Wilton's premade gumpaste in the bag. I find it to be a perfectly acceptable gumpaste, and can get it quite cheap by the time I've used a coupon from one of my local Hobby stores (Michale's, Hobby Lobby, or JoAnn's)

Your structure looks awesome! Keep us posted.

Rylan Posted 8 Dec 2009 , 12:59am
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Win, thanks again for your tips. I'll dissolve gumpaste so I can use it later on. Hopefully fondant turned gumpaste will be okay.

I can't wait to see your Georgian Farm house!

costumeczar Posted 8 Dec 2009 , 1:07am
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I just attached a bunch of non-dry gumpaste to the sides of my house with royal icing, it works fine.

Rylan Posted 8 Dec 2009 , 5:46am
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Thank you Kara. I'll try it as well and see how it performs.

Win Posted 8 Dec 2009 , 6:20pm
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I just attached a bunch of non-dry gumpaste to the sides of my house with royal icing, it works fine.




duh, yes, that too. Was not on full throttle yesterday. Also, melted chocolate is great. I noticed on the 6' gingerbread competition on Food Network that the judges were amazed that Team 2 was attaching stuff to their house with chocolate and had never seen that before. Rats! I've been doing it for years --I was cutting edge and didn't know it! icon_lol.gif

costumeczar Posted 8 Dec 2009 , 8:39pm
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I just attached a bunch of non-dry gumpaste to the sides of my house with royal icing, it works fine.



duh, yes, that too. Was not on full throttle yesterday. Also, melted chocolate is great. I noticed on the 6' gingerbread competition on Food Network that the judges were amazed that Team 2 was attaching stuff to their house with chocolate and had never seen that before. Rats! I've been doing it for years --I was cutting edge and didn't know it! icon_lol.gif




Ha ha, I posted about that at the time on another thread! It made me feel very fancy to see that they were impressed by that, and I'd just done a house using that method.

Will the chocolate eventually dry out and have pieces fall off, though? I was worried about that happening, so I reinforced the pieces that I'd stuck on with chocolate by piping royal icing on them.

CakesByLJ Posted 8 Dec 2009 , 9:12pm
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Originally Posted by Win

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Originally Posted by costumeczar

I just attached a bunch of non-dry gumpaste to the sides of my house with royal icing, it works fine.



duh, yes, that too. Was not on full throttle yesterday. Also, melted chocolate is great. I noticed on the 6' gingerbread competition on Food Network that the judges were amazed that Team 2 was attaching stuff to their house with chocolate and had never seen that before. Rats! I've been doing it for years --I was cutting edge and didn't know it! icon_lol.gif



Ha ha, I posted about that at the time on another thread! It made me feel very fancy to see that they were impressed by that, and I'd just done a house using that method.

Will the chocolate eventually dry out and have pieces fall off, though? I was worried about that happening, so I reinforced the pieces that I'd stuck on with chocolate by piping royal icing on them.





Using chocolate is hardly a new idea.. icon_rolleyes.gifWell chocolate is faster to set and a good choice I think. It probably will dry out, but so does royal icing; eventually.. The disadvantage to chocolate is that the temperature is a factor, in that it melts under hot lights, etc... but for home use, just for the Holidays, it's a fun medium to use.. hth

Win Posted 9 Dec 2009 , 5:29pm
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

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Originally Posted by Win

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Originally Posted by costumeczar

I just attached a bunch of non-dry gumpaste to the sides of my house with royal icing, it works fine.



duh, yes, that too. Was not on full throttle yesterday. Also, melted chocolate is great. I noticed on the 6' gingerbread competition on Food Network that the judges were amazed that Team 2 was attaching stuff to their house with chocolate and had never seen that before. Rats! I've been doing it for years --I was cutting edge and didn't know it! icon_lol.gif



Ha ha, I posted about that at the time on another thread! It made me feel very fancy to see that they were impressed by that, and I'd just done a house using that method.

Will the chocolate eventually dry out and have pieces fall off, though? I was worried about that happening, so I reinforced the pieces that I'd stuck on with chocolate by piping royal icing on them.




Using chocolate is hardly a new idea.. icon_rolleyes.gifWell chocolate is faster to set and a good choice I think. It probably will dry out, but so does royal icing; eventually.. The disadvantage to chocolate is that the temperature is a factor, in that it melts under hot lights, etc... but for home use, just for the Holidays, it's a fun medium to use.. hth




I've never had anything fall off when using chocolate to adhere... I use a chocolate with cocoa butter content - not something like candy melts. Ghirardelli is my usual. Even the white chocolate has the cocoa butter in it. Right about the royal drying as well... however, I think in all the time I've done gingerbread, I've only had royal fall off once and it was the heavy trim work on the thin edge of the roof line. Even then, it was June and probably well past time for that puppy to have been laid to rest! icon_razz.gif

Rylan Posted 10 Dec 2009 , 2:41pm
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Just wanted to update everyone--I've recieved emails regarding how well did gumpaste adhere to the gingerbread.

I tried Win and costumeczar's suggestions and both were fine. The gumpaste glue and royal icing worked great.

I'm so exhausted working on this gingerbread. I've already spent more than 35 hours from baking to making shingles and panels. I just want to be done, hehe.

How are everyone's gingerbread houses doing?

Win Posted 10 Dec 2009 , 3:36pm
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Originally Posted by Rylan

Just wanted to update everyone--I've recieved emails regarding how well did gumpaste adhere to the gingerbread.

I tried Win and costumeczar's suggestions and both were fine. The gumpaste glue and royal icing worked great.

I'm so exhausted working on this gingerbread. I've already spent more than 35 hours from baking to making shingles and panels. I just want to be done, hehe.

How are everyone's gingerbread houses doing?




Just as a generality, both gumpaste and fondant adhere great to gingerbread. One only has to look at the Grove Park Inn website to see that most go that route to enhance the overall effects desired to achieve greatness. icon_biggrin.gif
I've had to put my farmhouse aside as I work on a couple of my gift cottages... those are the ones I do with all the candy, etc. I have two I need to give away this coming Friday. Even something as small as that are hours of work. I figure from start to finish, I put about eight to ten hours total into a cottage. I'll try to get some pictures tonight, but with system glitches, they might not show right away.

costumeczar Posted 10 Dec 2009 , 5:45pm
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I finished one last week and just finished another one yesterday. I have to deliver it to the Children's Museum today, then I'll blog about it and post some photos.

The one I just did was mostly things other than gingerbread, and it definitely isn't a house, so I don't know if I can legitimately call it one! I guess it's like when people refer to a styrofoam dummy as a cake. I still call it the gingerbread house even though it's more like a "tableau" icon_biggrin.gif

Rylan Posted 12 Dec 2009 , 10:58pm
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Wendy, it's a dream to go to the Grove Park Inn during the holiday. I wish Jackie can fix the photo section soon so I can see the house you did.

Kara, oh yes! I saw your blog about the gingerbread. I love it! Love the overall structure and design.

Win Posted 15 Dec 2009 , 5:33pm
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Okay, three cottages (of at least six this year) are done and posted. I tried to add it as an attachment, but I have a hard time doing that correctly. I can always add a pic from a different source as an attachment, but fail at adding a pic from the gallery. So, here's the link. I only have the border to attach to my "family" home, then will get it uploaded as well. I'm starting to get bleary-eyed! Happy Baking!

http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1538853

ChefAngie Posted 15 Dec 2009 , 6:09pm
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I love gingerbread.
I have done demos and sold a few thru the years.
Clay extruders (screw type) work well to get an type of effect you want using gingerbread dough.
Happy Baking and Decorating,
Chef Angie

cookiemama2 Posted 18 Dec 2009 , 2:41am
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So i am in total awe of all the houses and ideas , so I ordered a set of cutters from Avon to make gingerbread houses ( yes I am a total amateur here) !!! I thought I could put together a bunch and let my daycare kids have fun with them.

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1540123.html
They had a great time !
Maybe next year I will be a little more daring and come up with something of my own!

Win Posted 18 Dec 2009 , 2:53am
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Originally Posted by cookiemama2

So i am in total awe of all the houses and ideas , so I ordered a set of cutters from Avon to make gingerbread houses ( yes I am a total amateur here) !!! I thought I could put together a bunch and let my daycare kids have fun with them.

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1540123.html
They had a great time !
Maybe next year I will be a little more daring and come up with something of my own!




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cookiemama2 Posted 18 Dec 2009 , 3:02am
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We had a crazy day!
I have 2 friends that do daycare as well so we all got together , 13 kids at one table and then went crazy decorating! The youngest was 18 months the oldest was 4!
I just bought the cutter this fall and there was another I bought with it that put together makes a truck. I think we will try that one next week.

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