This year, I used a familiar template but changed it up a bit. This cottage was based on my thatched roof watermill. I love doing thatch because it actually takes less time than shingles. Shredded Wheat cereal works really well once cut in half and then pulled into smaller bits.
Ice cream cone trees are always a nice touch. I don’t use them as often as they do take a lot more time to create than the crispy rice cereal bushes.
This little house I did as a gift for someone who watched my cats while I was away. Its been a while since I did the rounded shingles and I wanted to do something besides the standard red and white for Christmas. I like this silver, blue and white combination.
Crispy rice makes excellent bushes, but it also makes for some great hedges as well.
I combined several techniques I love for this house – thatched roof, fondant exterior and hand painting. I also wanted to do something new – so I added the watermill wheel.
I got to play a bit with sugar to make the frozen water and I think it looks much better than had I just gone with white royal icing. I added a bit of lustre dust to the sugar so it would sparkle in the right light as well.
Winner - Adult Category - St. Catharines Home Sweet Home Gingerbread House Contest
This was my first entry in a gingerbread house contest and I was so pleased when it won. It is both the largest and the most complex house design I have done to date.
Like all my houses, I start designing on the computer to get a good overview of how the house looks and how it pieces together. Then, I make the pieces in cardboard and assemble them first to see if everything matches up.
Then, I bake, assemble and decorate. I can’t wait to do more gingerbread houses like this.
This is my first Halloween gingerbread house. Black icing is really nasty to deal with and I had stained hands for about a week after I finished this project.
I like doing Halloween houses because you don’t have to be as careful or meticulous with your piping as the house is supposed to be a bit dilapidated. The royal icing siding helps with that look when I go a bit crooked in my piping.
The Golden Graham cereal roof really works with the look too.
This is still one of my favourite houses. The rounded thatched roof is just great and the sliced almonds really work as stone. The amount of gingerbread on this house is a lot less than others, but the really tricky part was the roof because of the shape.
I used a combination of breadsticks and pretzels to create a framework for the roof and then carefully thatched it with Shredded Wheat cereal.
This is the first capped roof design I ever did. Its a cute little house with red-painted gum shingles and royal icing siding.
I wanted to try a royal icing fence. It turned out great but it was very time consuming and my hand really hurt from piping once I was finished. I think I’ll try smaller bits of royal icing decor from now on.