The gingerbread designs of this townhouse kit take your decorating to new heights--from the slender silhouette of the house to the fun candy shapes and colorful fondant decorating choices. This is a great gift for your favorite realtor, builder, or anyone who loves distinctive homes!
Make house bricks. Roll out candy 1/8 in. thick. Cut 165 bricks, each 1/4 in. x 1/2 in. Attach two layers of bricks around house, 1/2 in. from base of house and on corners of house. Reserve remaining bricks.
Make front door. Use icing to outline and fill in door. Pat smooth. Attach candy for door window and doorknob. Attach reserved bricks around doorframe.
Make front windows. Use icing to outline and fill in windows. Pat smooth. Use icing to outline window and to pipe icicles underneath windows. Attach candy above windows.
Decorate house front. Attach candy to house front.
Make side and back windows. Use icing to outline and fill in windows. Pat smooth. Use icing to outline window, and pipe windowpanes and icicles underneath windows. Attach candy to window frames.
Outline house. Use icing to pipe lines under eaves.
Decorate roof. Use spatula and icing to ice roof smooth. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut 10 strips, each 1/4 in. x 5 in. Slightly twist strips. Attach to roof panels. Use icing to pipe zigzags on roof peak and icicles along eaves. Attach candy in between fondant strips and on roof peak.
Decorate base. Use spatula and icing to ice base. Attach candy for stairs./p>
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.