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 into half circle to fit on top of door. Use icing to outline and fill in door. Attach half circle above door. Use icing to outline half circle. Attach candy to sides of door and for doorknob.
Make front window. Roll out candy and cut into half circle to fit on top of window. Attach to house. Use icing to outline and fill in window. Use icing to pipe windowpanes, outline window and pipe icicles underneath window. Attach candy to sides of window.
Decorate house front. Roll out candy and cut into pieces for wreath. Attach to house. Roll fondant into a thin log and shape into bow and attach to wreath. Use icing to pipe dots on front.
Make side and back windows. Roll out candy and cut into two half circles, to fit on top of window. Attach to house. Use icing to outline and fill in windows. Use icing to pipe windowpanes, outline windows and pipe icicles underneath windows. Attach candy to sides of windows.
Outline house. Use icing to pipe zigzags at corners of house and lines under eaves. Attach candy to corners of house.
Decorate roof. Use icing to ice corners of roof, leaving 1 ¼ in. diagonal strip uniced. Roll fondant into 1/8 in. dia. logs and braid. Attach to roof. Use icing to pipe bead flowers. Cut candy in half and attach to centers of flowers. Attach candy to roof peak. Use icing to pipe icicles along eaves.
Decorate base. Use spatula and icing to ice base. Attach candy for pathway and around house.
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.