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Creative Candy Cottage #3

Ready for some holiday fun? Get family and friends together and decorate a candy-covered gingerbread cottage. Kit includes bright and colorful candy, green fondant and icing and all the ideas you will need to have an awesome time this holiday season.
Makes: 1
Skill Level: Intermediate

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Step 1

Make front door. Use icing to outline and fill in door. Pat smooth. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut strips for ribbon ¼ in. x 3 in. and ¼ in. x 1 ½ in., two 1 in. strips for bow and two ½ in. strips for tails. Attach ribbon strips to door. Use scissors to notch ends of tails and attach tails. Fold bow strips over and attach at center. Wrap a small piece of fondant to cover seam. Attach candy around doorframe and for doorknob.

Step 2

Decorate house front. Use icing to outline and pipe lattice under eaves. Attach candy in centers of lattice divisions.

Step 3

Make all windows. Roll out candy and cut into squares for windows. Attach windows to house. Use icing to outline windows, windowpanes and pipe icicles. Attach candy to sides of windows.

Step 4

Outline house. Use icing to pipe zigzags at corners of house and lines under eaves. Attach candy to house corners.

Step 5

Decorate roof. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut five strips for each side of roof, 5 in. x 3/8 in. and two strips for each side of roof 6 ½ in. x ¼ in. Use icing to pipe two horizontal lines across center of roof. First, attach five shorter fondant strips vertically on roof. Next, attach two longer strips horizontally across roof. Use icing to pipe horizontal lines above the two fondant strips; pipe vertical lines in twos between fondant strips. Use icing to pipe zigzags on roof peak and attach candy. Use icing to pipe icicles on roof edges.

Step 6

Decorate base. Use spatula and icing to ice base. Attach candy under windows and for pathway.

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Techniques Used

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 Zigzag is a popular way to fill in outlined areas, perfect for ribbed sweater and cuff effects. You can also use tight zigzags to cover the entire side of your cake—they look great!

Characters or designs are often outlined first, then piped in with stars or zigzags. Outlines can also be used for facial features.

Combine outlines and curls into icing swirls to add an impressive look with minimal effort. Swirls are the perfect technique to cover large areas such as gingerbread house roofs and cake tops.

An iconic decorative symbol representing European royal coat of arms. The swirled shells of Fleur de Lis represent a stylized lily.

There's no need to have a plain gingerbread house roof if you have a spatula on hand. Many different textures can be created by using a spatula to make a look of fallen snow, shingles and stucco.

Discover how adding a simple icing technique--a “C “-motion to icing outlines will highlight your decorating with fun and flair.

The star tip creates the most celebrated, easily accomplished decorations! The pull-out star technique can be used for fun, furry creatures, or for textured hair for your cakes.

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.

The bead shape makes impressive borders outlines and accents on letters and designs; also a cute trim on clothing and gingerbread houses. The basis for making piped hearts and figure piping.

Icicles capture the magical moment of snow falling and gracefully trailing down a winter cottage. Add this magical look effect to roof edges, windowsills and trees.

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