This gingerbread house kit may be traditional in architecture, but the icing techniques and colorful candy decorating adds trendy style and excitement to the designs. Decorate this house with the kids for a fun Christmas project, and to display on your holiday table.
Cover front and sides with fondant. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut one font panel 5 in. x 2 ¼ in. Cut two side panels 5 in. x 1 ½ in. Attach to house front and sides.
Make front door. Use icing to outline and fill in door. Pat smooth. Roll out candy and cut square. Attach for window on door. Use icing to outline window and door. Attach candy for doorknob.
Make front windows. Use icing to outline and fill in windows. Pat smooth. Use icing to pipe windowpanes and icicles underneath windows. Attach candy above and below windows.
Decorate house front. Cut candy and attach to top edge of fondant panel. Use icing to pipe fleur de lis and dots. Attach candy for wreath under eave.
Make side and back windows. Use icing to outline and fill in windows. Pat smooth. Use icing to pipe windowpanes and icicles underneath windows. Attach candy to sides of windows.
Outline house. Use icing to pipe zigzags at corners of house and lines under eaves.
Decorate roof. Begin at the top and pipe a row of dots across roof. Use spatula to pull out dots using an upward motion. Repeat for two more rows of pull out dots, one row at a time. Attach candy in a horizontal line across roof. Pipe another section of three rows of pull out dots and a row of candy. Last, pipe one section of three rows of pull out dots. Use icing to pipe icicles along eaves. Attach candy to roof peak.
Decorate base. Use spatula and icing to ice base. Attach candy 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.