Winter Wonderland Gingerbread Village Small Classic Cottage
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. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick and cut an arched door. Attach to house. Attach candy around doorframe and for doorknob.
Make front window. Roll out candy and cut square. Attach for windows. Use icing to outline windows and pipe windowpanes. Attach candy for windowsill.
Make side and back windows. Roll out candy and cut squares. Attach for windows. Use white icing to outline windows and pipe windowpanes. Attach candy to sides of windows. Use icing to pipe icicles underneath windows.
Decorate house front. Roll fondant into three cones and attach to house under window. Attach candy decoration under eaves.
Outline house. Use icing to pipe zigzags at corners of house and lines under eaves.
Decorate roof. Roll fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut into eight 3/8 in. x 2 ½ in. long strips. Attach fondant strips to roof. Use icing to pipe outlines between fondant strips and attach candy. Use icing to pipe zigzags on eaves and roof peak and attach candy.
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.