When it comes to this star-studded treat, bling is the thing! Encrusted with fondant jewels dusted with Pearl Dust, this Yule Jewel Gingerbread House sparkles and shines. When traditional icing and candies won't do, this glamorous home might be the perfect solution...and is sure to 'bling' holiday cheer near and far!
2 days in advance: Make fondant trees. Add 1/4 teaspoon Gum-Tex to 4 oz.
fondant. Roll out 1/16 in. thick. Use triangle tree cutter from set to cut four trees.
For easel backs, use same cutter to cut two trees; trim with knife to 2 1/2 in. high
from top of tree. Cut lengthwise in half to create four easels. Let all dry 48
hours on cornstarch-dusted boards. Attach easel backs with thinned fondant
adhesive. Paint trees with Leaf Green Pearl Dust/lemon extract mixture.
1 day in advance: Use jewelry mold to make fondant trims.
Mold trims using
jewelry mold as
follows. Mold two brooches. Paint center with
lilac purple Pearl Dust/lemon extract mixture, border with silver Pearl Dust/lemon
extract mixture. Mold 24 faceted gems. Paint
with orchid pink Pearl Dust/lemon extract
mixture. Mold 24 faceted gem bases. Paint
with silver Pearl Dust/lemon extract mixture.
Mold 129 square gems. Paint with Pearl Dust/
lemon extract mixture: 71 leaf green, 27 lilac
purple, 31 orchid pink. Make 89 square gem
bases. Paint with silver Pearl Dust/lemon
extract mixture. Attach 36 green and 4 pink
square gems to trees with thinned fondant
adhesive. Attach remaining gems to bases.
Mold 213 round gems. Paint with white Pearl
Dust/lemon extract mixture. Mold ten square
chain borders. Trim eight to 6 1/2 in. long. Cut
remaining two strips into 2 in. long sections.
Paint with silver Pearl Dust/lemon extract
mixture. Mold three chain link borders. Trim
to make five strips 1 1/2 in. long; one strip 2 in.
long; two strips 2 3/4 in. long. Paint with silver
Pearl Dust/lemon extract mixture.
Also: Build house. Prepare and cover all gingerbread pieces from kit with
fondant rolled out 1/8 in. thick. Attach with damp brush. Assemble house
following kit instructions. Let dry 24 hours. Paint front, back and side walls
with white Pearl Dust/lemon extract mixture. Let dry.
For front, use piping gel to attach brooch for top window. Attach eight green
gems for door. For door frame, attach one 2 in. and two 2 3/4 in. silver chain link
sections. Attach four pink faceted gems for window, two 2 in. silver square
chain border sections for window frame and 1 1/2 in. silver chain link section for
window sill. Attach white round gems to fill in remaining areas.
For back, decorate same as front, replacing door with a second bottom
window. For sides, use piping gel to attach six pink faceted gems for window.
Attach two 1 3/4 in. silver chain link sections for window shutters. Attach white
round gems to fill in remaining areas.
For roof, use mold and fondant to make seven mesh borders. Attach to peaks
and eaves with piping gel. Attach square gems on top peak. Attach rows of
green, rose and violet square gems starting at bottom edge, alternating rows
with 6 1/2 in. chain border sections.
Attach sugar pearls to trees with piping gel. Let dry. Position trees.