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Traditional with Trends House #4

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: Beginner

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Step 1

Make front door. Use icing to pipe zigzags for door. Attach candy to sides, top and for doorknob.

Step 2

Make front windows. Roll out fondant to 1/16 in. thick and cut into two rectangles, 1 ¼ in, x ¾ in. Attach to house. Using icing to outline and pipe windowpanes. Attach candy to sides of windows.

Step 3

Decorate house front. Attach candy for wreaths to house.

Step 4

Make side windows. Roll out fondant to 1/16 in. thick and cut into rectangle1 in. x 2 ¼ in. Attach to house. Using icing to outline and pipe windowpanes. Attach candy to sides of windows and for wreaths on sides of windows.

Step 5

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

Step 6

Decorate roof. Use icing to ice roof. Cut candy in half and attach to roof and front eaves. Roll fondant into 3/8 in. dia. log and attach to roof peak.

Step 7

Decorate base. Use spatula and icing to ice base. Attach 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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