Anyone Interested In Doing A Gingerbread House Thread

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Elise87 Posted 6 May 2009 , 8:35am
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OMG icon_eek.gif Rylan that lodge is awesome, i LOVE it!

Here is mine from last year, it is my second gingerbread house i have done so not as nice as some on here, not even as good as some firsts on here either LOL I didn't have much time to do it so i kept it semi simple
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Win Posted 6 May 2009 , 3:44pm
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Elise! That's so precious!

Elise87 Posted 7 May 2009 , 5:08am
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thank you very much win icon_smile.gif I absolutely love your spring gingerbread potting shed, it is just so pretty and detailed!

Rylan Posted 20 May 2009 , 10:59pm
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Thanks Elise.

Yours is beautiful! I love love love the structure! I wonder how you got it so perfect. You better share your secrets this upcoming Xmas

bobwonderbuns Posted 25 May 2009 , 10:31pm
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cinderspritzer Posted 13 Sep 2009 , 7:53pm
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This one hasn't been bumped in a while. icon_smile.gif

I plan to do a Haunted Gingerbread Mansion this year (even though I've never done a little one before, I'm ambitious. lol) for Halloween, and then, depending on how terribly that goes, I might enter one in a competition in November.

I actually came looking for book recommendations, but BWB has mostly taken care of that for me.

Anyone else planning anything this year?

Win Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 2:28am
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That is so funny! I was just coming in to refresh this topic myself! You beat me to it cinderspritzer!!! I am hoping to do a Halloween House for the kids I baby-sit... I have a bazillion birthdays in October so I was thinking of starting now which would be fine, I'm sure, since my Spring House was baked for Christmas (never got around to doing it for Christmas so I switched to a Spring theme) and the gingerbread held fine for at least 4 months. Once it got humid, I had to toss it. icon_cry.gif I figure, we are moving out of the humidity again so I should be able to bake and keep it from wilting before Halloween.

As well, I will start planning my Christmas houses in November. Each year, my husband's family gathers on a large scale and I produce a house to be given away to the family who is hosting that year. Then I make little houses to give to all my kiddos --very traditional houses loaded with candy easy to pick off and pop into little mouths.

My main goal for my family this year is a Victorian Mansion. I found the pattern in a 1960's Good Housekeeping magazine (which by the way is a great source for old patterns... they used to feature one each Christmas.)

Happy Baking, gingerbread friends!

Rylan Posted 1 Oct 2009 , 1:26am
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For those who has been looking for Franky's Attic, here is the new website:

http://ultimategingerbread.com/

There are tons of tips in there.

bobwonderbuns Posted 1 Oct 2009 , 2:19am
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Thanks for sharing that Rylan!! icon_biggrin.gif

Rylan Posted 1 Oct 2009 , 2:21am
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No problem bobwonderbuns! =]

bobwonderbuns Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 1:41am
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Someone started another gingerbread thread here on CC -- let's see if we can't marry these two threads: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-6593872.html#6593872

Win Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 2:15pm
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I got notification through my email there had been a reply to this topic, but it did not show up in my "watched topics" box here on cc. icon_sad.gif

Win Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 2:20pm
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I checked the other posting as well. Gingerbread is a vital sugar art... does anyone else think this original thread should be nominated as a "sticky?'" It's chock-full-o vital information for gingerbread enthusiasts. icon_biggrin.gif

MBoyd Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 4:27pm
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Didn't have time to read the whole thread, but I thought I'd throw these in here. I LOVE doing gingerbread competitions, but don't know if I'll have time this year. icon_surprised.gif( There's a gorgeous 1920's hotel on the river near where I live that I've been wanting to re-create in gingerbread for about 3 years now... oh well, there's always next year....
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-Tubbs Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 8:23pm
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Great thread!! I'm amazed by the wonderful structures you've all shared. Thanks!

I'm going to be making a gingerbread house to show and raffle off at a Christmas fair coming up at the end of November. I have my design ready, but I have a question: Does anyone know how to make a curved roof? I mean, so the slope has a whimisical curve to it. (not sure if that's clear... am thinking a little like a Japanese pagoda..?)

I'm wondering if I bake the gingerbread flat, take it out of the oven, quickly re-cut to get nice, clean lines, and then rest on a flexible cutting mat set at the right curve. Does that sound like it would work?

Thanks for any input from those more experienced than I!!

Win Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 8:34pm
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TubbsCookies:
You can actually bake it on PVC pipe. Just cut the pipe to your specifications then cover it in parchment for it to slide right off when done baking.

MBoyd: Awesome pics. Those structures are just saturated in color!

-Tubbs Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 8:38pm
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Hmm, thanks Win, but that will give me too much of a curve, I think. I just want a very gentle swoop. (You can put a PVC pipe in the oven? Interesting!)

CakeDiane Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 9:38pm
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I LOVE this thread--I am SO inspired! Thanks everyone--keep the ideas and tips coming, please!!!

CakeDiane Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 9:59pm
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I LOVE this thread--I am SO inspired! Thanks everyone--keep the ideas and tips coming, please!!!

Rylan Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 10:05pm
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MBoyd, those are awesome! I love the structure and the design! GREAT JOB!

Wendy, how get really clean seams on your gingerbread? I hate it when my gingebread sometimes bubble up an it looks uneven. Do you also cut it up one more time after it has baked while warm?

Win Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 10:07pm
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MBoyd, those are awesome! I love the structure and the design! GREAT JOB!

Wendy, how get really clean seams on your gingerbread? I hate it when my gingebread sometimes bubble up an it looks uneven. Do you also cut it up one more time after it has baked while warm?




Exactly! Keep your template handy. As soon as you remove the piece from the oven, lay the template on top and trim those sides up! Also, if you brush the gingerbread with water before it goes into the oven, it will keep it from puffing up to much while baking.

Rylan Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 10:16pm
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Thanks for the tip Win! Those will definitely come in handy next month.

I also have another question. Whenever I make my gingerbread houses, I use tons of royal icing to glue them together. The inside will usually look that it was filled with snow. I'm afraid mines will collapse.

Do you have any tips on the support? Especially for the bigger ones? How do I keep the outside clean?

Win Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 10:29pm
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I use tons of RI as well. If it oozes out into the front of the house, I take a damp paper towel and immediately smooth it down just as if I were caulking a bathtub. icon_lol.gif

There are times when November is still warm enough that I have humidity to deal with (gingerbread's arch enemy!) I support the inside of the walls with graham crackers or pretzel rods. Half the time the inside looks like a Swiss Chalet due to the paneling and beam work. I lay the walls out, coat them in RI, and lay the inner layer of support allowing "seams" so that when I go to build the walls, I have a groove wide enough for the vertical piping of the RI. That usually makes them strong enough to withstand just about anything.

playingwithsugar Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 10:42pm
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[quote="Win"]I use tons of RI as well. If it oozes out into the front of the house, I take a damp paper towel and immediately smooth it down just as if I were caulking a bathtub. icon_lol.gifquote]

You just gave me an idea for a great holiday gift. They sell that caulking took set (as seen on TV) at Target. I think I'll get one for a gal I know that makes GB houses, for her edging.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

Rylan Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 11:16pm
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Thanks again Win. Good thing I don't have to deal with humidity here in Las Vegas since it's basically dry all year round. I was actually thinking of doing the gingerbread house brick by brick but I'm afraid it might now work.

cinderspritzer Posted 29 Oct 2009 , 3:14pm
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I had some grand plans to build a haunted mansion for halloween but never really got up the motivation to do anything other than that.

Instead, I've printed out an entry form for a competition in November.... I've never baked any gingerbread in my life. Deadline for entry is next Friday, and I don't know if I'm brave enough to do it. So I guess I'll read the entry rules 900 times today and decide whether or not I'm that brave.

Rylan Posted 29 Oct 2009 , 5:29pm
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Well, I hope your gingerbread house turn out great. I've always wanted to join a competition.

Good luck!

MBoyd Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 11:41am
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I have a little "cheat" for using royal icing on my seams... instead of using white RI, I'll try to match it to the color of the gingerbread... at least that way the seams are much less noticeable.

Win Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 2:41pm
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Originally Posted by MBoyd

I have a little "cheat" for using royal icing on my seams... instead of using white RI, I'll try to match it to the color of the gingerbread... at least that way the seams are much less noticeable.




I do exactly the same! I use a nut brown to tint and it's almost exactly the same color as the gingerbread.

Rylan Posted 2 Nov 2009 , 4:22pm
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What a neat idea. Now I know what to use. Thanks for sharing!

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