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.
Make front door. Roll out candy and cut door. Attach to house. Use icing to outline door and attach candy for door decoration and doorknob.
Make front windows. Roll out candy and cut into one oval for large window and one circle for smaller window. Attach to house. Use icing to pipe windowpanes, outline windows and pipe scrolls. Attach candy underneath windows. Roll three fondant balls into teardrops, cut candy in half and attach above door.
Make side and back windows. Roll out candy and cut into three ovals. Attach to house for windows. Use icing to pipe windowpanes, outline windows and pipe scrolls. Attach candy underneath windows.
Outline house. Use icing to pipe zigzags at corners of house and lines under eaves.
Decorate roof. Use icing to pipe scrolls and c scrolls on roof. Attach candy. Make six bows: roll out fondant into strips, ½ in. x 3 in. Fold ends into center and pinch to secure. Cut small strips of fondant and wrap around center of bow. Place bows back to back and attach to roof peak. Attach candy to roof peak between bows. Attach candy to front roof eaves.
Decorate base. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick, cut into 2 in. x 1 ¼ in. strip. Use spatula and icing to ice base. Attach fondant and 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.