Winter Wonderland Gingerbread Village Classic Cottage with Garland Front Zoom

Winter Wonderland Gingerbread Village Classic Cottage with Garland Front

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!
Makes: 1
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Make front door. Use icing to outline and fill in door. Pat smooth

Step 2

Roll out candy and cut square window. Attach to door. Use icing to outline door, door window and attach doorknob.

Step 3

Make all windows. Roll out candy and cut square windows. Attach to house. Use icing to outline windows and windowpanes.

Step 4

Decorate house front. Make garlands and wreath: Roll out fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut a 1 in. dia. circle for wreath, remove 3/8 in. dia. center hole. Cut two crescent shapes for garlands. Attach to house. Roll small balls of fondant and attach to wreath and garland pieces. Attach candy. Cut small candy triangles and shape into bow loops and attach to wreath.

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 and eaves smooth. Use icing to pipe wavy outlines on roof and dots on roof peak. Attach candy to roof peak, roof and along eaves.

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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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