Traditional with Trends House #1


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.
Makes: 1
Skill Level: Intermediate

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Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

Outline house. Use icing to pipe zigzags at corners of house and lines under eaves.

Step 7

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.

Step 8

Decorate base. Use spatula and icing to ice base. Attach candy for pathway.

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Techniques Used

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 Zigzag is a popular way to fill in outlined areas, perfect for ribbed sweater and cuff effects. You can also use tight zigzags to cover the entire side of your cake—they look great!

Characters or designs are often outlined first, then piped in with stars or zigzags. Outlines can also be used for facial features.

Combine outlines and curls into icing swirls to add an impressive look with minimal effort. Swirls are the perfect technique to cover large areas such as gingerbread house roofs and cake tops.

An iconic decorative symbol representing European royal coat of arms. The swirled shells of Fleur de Lis represent a stylized lily.

There's no need to have a plain gingerbread house roof if you have a spatula on hand. Many different textures can be created by using a spatula to make a look of fallen snow, shingles and stucco.

Discover how adding a simple icing technique--a “C “-motion to icing outlines will highlight your decorating with fun and flair.

The star tip creates the most celebrated, easily accomplished decorations! The pull-out star technique can be used for fun, furry creatures, or for textured hair for your cakes.

Pipe dots for flower centers, faces, figure piping and border effects. When making large dots, lift the tip as you squeeze to allow icing to fill out completely.

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.

The bead shape makes impressive borders outlines and accents on letters and designs; also a cute trim on clothing and gingerbread houses. The basis for making piped hearts and figure piping.

Icicles capture the magical moment of snow falling and gracefully trailing down a winter cottage. Add this magical look effect to roof edges, windowsills and trees.

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