Winter Wonderland Gingerbread Village Classic Cottage with Garland Front
Create a charming gingerbread village as you decorate four houses in bright fondant icing, clever icing techniques and cute candy patterns. Great fun for family and friends to work on together and as a display around your Christmas tree!
Make front door. Use icing to outline and fill in door. Pat smooth
Roll out candy and cut square window. Attach to door. Use icing to outline door, door window and attach doorknob.
Make all windows. Roll out candy and cut square windows. Attach to house. Use icing to outline windows and windowpanes.
Decorate house front. Make garlands and wreath: Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut a 1 in. dia. circle for wreath, remove 3/8 in. dia. center hole. Cut two crescent shapes for garlands. Attach to house. Roll small balls of fondant and attach to wreath and garland pieces. Attach candy. Cut small candy triangles and shape into bow loops and attach to wreath.
Outline house. Use icing to pipe zigzags at corners of house and lines under eaves.
Decorate roof. Use icing to ice roof and eaves smooth. Use icing to pipe wavy outlines on roof and dots on roof peak. Attach candy to roof peak, roof and along eaves.
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.
Perfect for classic borders or cloudlike decorations, dots are a versatile technique that can be piped in a range of sizes. The dot technique can be used as a simple border for cakes and cookies, as well as for icing cupcakes or piping meringues.
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.