Winter Wonderland Gingerbread Village A-Frame House
Create a charming gingerbread village as you decorate four houses in bright fondant icing, clever icing techniques and cute candy patterns. Great fun for family and friends to work on together and as a display around your Christmas tree!
Make front door. Use icing to outline and fill in door. Pat smooth
Roll out candy and cut square window. Attach window to door, candy for doorknob and candy around doorframe.
Decorate house front. Roll a log of fondant, 3/16 in. dia., and shape into circle and use scissors to cut slits into wreath for branches. Attach to house. Roll out candy and cut two triangles. Shape into bow loops and attach to wreath.
Decorate back window. Roll out candy and cut square window. Attach to house. Use icing to outline window and windowpanes.
Outline house. Use icing to pipe lines under eaves.
Decorate roof. Divide each side of roof into four horizontal lines. Use icing to pipe zigzag garland; use icing to pipe outline on top if garland. Attach candy. Use icing to pipe zigzags on roof peak; cut candy in half and attach to roof peak. Use icing to pipe outlines on eaves and fill in with zigzags; pat smooth. Use icing to pipe icicles.
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.
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.