Ready for some holiday fun? Get family and friends together and decorate a candy-covered gingerbread cottage. Kit includes bright and colorful candy, green fondant and icing and all the ideas you will need to have an awesome time this holiday season.
Make front door. Use icing to outline and fill in door. Pat smooth. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut strips for ribbon ¼ in. x 3 in. and ¼ in. x 1 ½ in., two 1 in. strips for bow and two ½ in. strips for tails. Attach ribbon strips to door. Use scissors to notch ends of tails and attach tails. Fold bow strips over and attach at center. Wrap a small piece of fondant to cover seam. Attach candy around doorframe and for doorknob.
Decorate house front. Use icing to outline and pipe lattice under eaves. Attach candy in centers of lattice divisions.
Make all windows. Roll out candy and cut into squares for windows. Attach windows to house. Use icing to outline windows, windowpanes and pipe icicles. Attach candy to sides of windows.
Outline house. Use icing to pipe zigzags at corners of house and lines under eaves. Attach candy to house corners.
Decorate roof. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut five strips for each side of roof, 5 in. x 3/8 in. and two strips for each side of roof 6 ½ in. x ¼ in. Use icing to pipe two horizontal lines across center of roof. First, attach five shorter fondant strips vertically on roof. Next, attach two longer strips horizontally across roof. Use icing to pipe horizontal lines above the two fondant strips; pipe vertical lines in twos between fondant strips. Use icing to pipe zigzags on roof peak and attach candy. Use icing to pipe icicles on roof edges.
Decorate base. Use spatula and icing to ice base. Attach candy under windows and for pathway.
Easy-to-complete technique combines using a bag and tip to pipe icing dots and then using the blade of a spatula to pull out one edge. This technique can cover small and large areas with stunning results.
The drop string is traditionally used as decoration on the sides of the cake and is the basis of more ornate string work. Called a "drop" string because the line of piped icing is allowed to "drop" or fall, by itself, before reattaching it to your cake. Pipe a row of single strings or multiple strings in rows of two or three.