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We never made gingerbread houses as a family when I was a kid.
Don’t get me wrong… we had LOTS of great Christmas traditions, and just like in that horribly depressing yet seriously sweet Christmas song that plays on the radio just about every day this time of year (I’ll never look at red shoes the same again, btw), Mama made Christmas good in our house.
We just never got into the whole gingerbread making gig.
The thing is… I WAS a candy girl. And a frosting girl … and a gingerbread cookies girl (well, ANY kindo’ cookies, really, but ya know… we’re focusing here)… ok, so I was basically into any substance that had obscene amounts of sugar involved.
Right, well whenever I’d see other people’s gingerbread house creations proudly displayed amongst their Christmas decor… knowing that they got to sit there for what SURELY was an extensive amount of time, designing and decorating their little house made out of cookies with any and every kind of delicious candy known to man…
I’d nearly swoon.
‘Cause who could POSSIBLY ever BE so lucky? (Shouldo’ known I was destined to be a cake artist at that moment, I suppose.)
But you know, now that I think back on it, I never DID ask my parents if we could make our own gingerbread houses.
NO idea why. Maybe I just assumed that activity was only permissable for those who DIDN’T lose all kinds of self control around sugary substances.
And people like me were just… banned?
Regardless, I’ve grown up. (Well, physically anyway.) And now I’M the Mama. And I get to start whatever Christmas traditions I want with our little family here… and ya bettah BA-LIEVE gingerbread house making is ON.THAT.LIST.
(Though there are strict rules pertaining to the eating of any and/or all ingredients involved.
See? Grown up.)
But I also have had this hankering to make a CAKE that looks like a gingerbread house for quite some time now.
Maybe something to do with the fact that I’d get to design and decorate it all by myself… without any little people at the helm, dictating what should go where and throwing all color coordination to the wind.
(Let’s not dance around it, people… decorating gingerbread houses with children is a designer’s NIGHTMARE.)
So I decided this was the year I was gonna give it a go (alone) as my contribution to this month’s special Christmas edition series of blog posts!
And while I’ve never actually baked gingerbread (those little kits are just TOO easy, ya know?) I decided that I was gonna stick with what I knew… modeling chocolate and fondant. (Even for the candies… ’cause there was something in my brain that told me that would be more fun.
Weird little brain.)
So here she is! My (modeling chocolate) gingerbread house cake…
that I got to make for an extensive amount of time…
littered with all sorts of deliciousness…
that, if nothing else, is perfectly color coordinated.
I can now die a happy girl.
(And I have no comment with regards to the amount of sugary substances ingested in the making of this creation.)
Tips as to how I made many aspects of this cake, including a mini tutorial on the making of the peppermint candies are available on Cakeheads.com!
And again, here’s our little Christmas video that we put together for you to try to help spread some Christmas cheer.
Merry Christmas, everyone! Xx