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. Use icing to pipe zigzags for door. Attach candy to sides, top and for doorknob.
Make front windows. Roll out fondant to 1/16 in. thick and cut into two rectangles, 1 ¼ in, x ¾ in. Attach to house. Using icing to outline and pipe windowpanes. Attach candy to sides of windows.
Decorate house front. Attach candy for wreaths to house.
Make side windows. Roll out fondant to 1/16 in. thick and cut into rectangle1 in. x 2 ¼ in. Attach to house. Using icing to outline and pipe windowpanes. Attach candy to sides of windows and for wreaths on sides of windows.
Outline house. Use icing to pipe zigzags at corners of house and lines under eaves.
Decorate roof. Use icing to ice roof. Cut candy in half and attach to roof and front eaves. Roll fondant into 3/8 in. dia. log and attach 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.