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Traditional with Trends House #2

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.
Makes: 1
Skill Level: Intermediate

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Step 1

Make front door. Roll out candy and cut door. Attach to house. Use icing to outline door and attach candy for door decoration and doorknob.

Step 2

Make front windows. Roll out candy and cut into one oval for large window and one circle for smaller window. Attach to house. Use icing to pipe windowpanes, outline windows and pipe scrolls. Attach candy underneath windows. Roll three fondant balls into teardrops, cut candy in half and attach above door.

Step 3

Make side and back windows. Roll out candy and cut into three ovals. Attach to house for windows. Use icing to pipe windowpanes, outline windows and pipe scrolls. Attach candy underneath windows.

Step 4

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

Step 5

Decorate roof. Use icing to pipe scrolls and c scrolls on roof. Attach candy. Make six bows: roll out fondant into strips, ½ in. x 3 in. Fold ends into center and pinch to secure. Cut small strips of fondant and wrap around center of bow. Place bows back to back and attach to roof peak. Attach candy to roof peak between bows. Attach candy to front roof eaves.

Step 6

Decorate base. Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick, cut into 2 in. x 1 ¼ in. strip. Use spatula and icing to ice base. Attach fondant and candy 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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