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Traditional with Trends House #3

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 into half circle to fit on top of door. Use icing to outline and fill in door. Attach half circle above door. Use icing to outline half circle. Attach candy to sides of door and for doorknob.

Step 2

Make front window. Roll out candy and cut into half circle to fit on top of window. Attach to house. Use icing to outline and fill in window. Use icing to pipe windowpanes, outline window and pipe icicles underneath window. Attach candy to sides of window.

Step 3

Decorate house front. Roll out candy and cut into pieces for wreath. Attach to house. Roll fondant into a thin log and shape into bow and attach to wreath. Use icing to pipe dots on front.

Step 4

Make side and back windows. Roll out candy and cut into two half circles, to fit on top of window. Attach to house. Use icing to outline and fill in windows. Use icing to pipe windowpanes, outline windows and pipe icicles underneath windows. Attach candy to sides of windows.

Step 5

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

Step 6

Decorate roof. Use icing to ice corners of roof, leaving 1 ΒΌ in. diagonal strip uniced. Roll fondant into 1/8 in. dia. logs and braid. Attach to roof. Use icing to pipe bead flowers. Cut candy in half and attach to centers of flowers. Attach candy to roof peak. Use icing to pipe icicles along eaves.

Step 7

Decorate base. Use spatula and icing to ice base. Attach candy for pathway and around house.

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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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