Three to four days in advance: Ice
roof panels. Use full-strength dark red icing and tip 3 to outline roof. Flow in with extra-thin red icing; let dry 24 hours. Use full-strength red icing and tip 3 to outline roof again. To complete plaid stripes, you will need to work quickly so icing colors blend properly. Flow in roof with normal thinned red icing. Using thinned pink icing and tip 3, immediately pipe stripes in 1/2 in. wide groups of 3 lines, 1/8 in. apart (center stripes of groups are about 5/8 in. apart). Pipe ivory dots where lines cross. Using thinned dark brown icing and tip 1, pipe lines between the pink lines. Let dry 24 hours.
Also in advance: Make green icing trims. For rooftop greenery, tape waxed paper over a Cake Board. Pipe 40 clusters of five or six tip 2 lines, 3/4 to 1 in. long, for pine needle effect. Let dry. For 16 bushes, insert toothpicks into marshmallows. Cover with tip 2 pull-out dot needles. Stand in craft block to dry.
Finally in advance: Make fondant
trims. Tint fondant: 4 oz. orange, 2 oz.
brown, 1 oz. green. For four topiaries,
shape orange fondant into tapered
pots, 3/4 in high x 7/8 in. diameter at top, 5/8 in. diameter at bottom. Insert 1 1/2 in.
long pretzel stick in center. Roll 1/2 in.
green ball; push onto end of pretzel.
Cover fondant ball and pot top with tip
2 pull-out dot icing needles. Let dry.
For six pine cones, roll 1/4 in. brown
balls into tapered pine cone shape.
Insert toothpick in bottom. Starting
at top, cover fondant with tip 3 bead
icing petals. Stand in craft block until
dry. Brush with Pearl Dust.
Assemble house according to kit
instructions. Cover seams and edges
of gingerbread with brown tip 47 icing
outlines. Use ivory icing and tip 5 to
pipe 1 1/4 x 3 in. high door; pat smooth
with finger dipped in cornstarch. Use
yellow icing and tip 3 to pipe 1/2 in.
square door window, 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. high
front windows and 2 3/4 x 1 1/4 in. high
side windows; pat smooth with finger.
Pipe tip 3 red outline curtains and dot
doorknob. Outline windows and door
with tip 46 brown icing outlines. Use
toothpick to mark mitered corners.
Pipe tip 2 pull-out dot needle greenery
around door, over windows and for
1 1/4 in. diameter wreath above. Edge
roof with red tip 45 outlines. Pipe dark
brown 1 1/8 in. long scrolls on house
Tint 3 oz. fondant brown. Use
Baroque mold to make six pearl strips
for border; attach around roof with
icing dots. Attach topiaries to board
with icing. Attach rooftop greenery.
Remove toothpicks and attach pine
cones and bushes.
* Combine Christmas Red with Brown for dark red shown on roof.
* Combine Brown with Christmas Red and Black for brown shades shown.
* Combine Terra Cotta with Orange for orange shown.