So I've asked my Cake Mama friends on Facebook what kind of gingerbread house they prefer. Do they like ones with just piping, one with tons of candy, or ones with a combination of both. I tried to provide examples of all of these in this blog and I gotta tell you, my favorite one so far is the one with a combination of both. The touch of whimsy is just want I like about Gingerbread houses, but it's not too much.
This was for my mom. She wanted a wintery gingerbread house. One that she could have out for longer than just Christmas. I think it turned out really cute and was the inspiration for the one I did most recently (coming up...)
I hosted a Gingerbread House workshop and my students made some spectacularly decorated Gingerbread Houses. Here's Sofia with her masterpiece.
I particularly like her roof with all of the fun colors! And she made a sleigh out of candy canes.
My daughter Josie and nephew Connor made theirs with lots of fun details as well.
Here's the one I made for a sample at Ben Franklin Crafts. Piping and lots of candy. I had kids from the audience help me with my design.
Then I had my other nephew over. He's finally at that age (3 years) where making a Gingerbread House was a fun project for the two of us to do. At least, that's when I started with my daughter an other nephew, Connor.
I laid out all of the candy and I did the piping, but he directed where everything went. Check out those fine motor skills! Not to mention his level of concentration!
I think he looks pleased!
He wanted the snowman to be falling off the roof. And when I asked him if he wanted any windows on his house he said, "Yes." Then I asked, "How many? One? Two?" He held up both of his hands and said, "TEN!!" So, there are ten windows on one side of his house. He didn't want any more. ;)
And here's my latest creation. This one is a gift for my daughter's teacher at school. It's a combination of both color and piping. This one was super fun to make. The light dusting of powdered sugar on the top of the house really completed the look I was going for.
I think ALL gingerbread houses are pretty darn neat and they're so much fun to put together. I like that it is a tradition in my family and something the kids really look forward to every year. Do you have a preference for design? How do yours look?