Build a Gingerbread House
Have fun constructing your masterpiece!
These directions will make a house measuring 8 inches long by 5 inches wide. Adjust measurements and cut cardboard pattern pieces in different sizes if you want a larger or smaller house.
- First cut out in thin cardboard: a side wall, 4 1/2 x 8 inches; an end wall, 4 1/2x5 inches; a triangular gable, 4 1/2x3x3 inches; and a roof rectangle, 4 1/2x9 inches. Tape the rectangular end wall piece to the triangular gable piece: match the long side of the triangle, 4 1/2 inches, to one of the 4 1/2 inch sides of the end wall.
- Spread or pipe a 9-inch line of icing onto a cake board and press in one of the side walls so that it sticks firmly and stands upright. If necessary, spread or pipe a little extra icing along either side to help support it. Take an end wall and ice both the side edges. Spread or pipe a line of icing on the board at a right angle to the first wall and press the end wall into position. Repeat this process with the other two walls until they are all in position. Leave the walls to harden together for at least two hours before putting on the roof.
- Spread or pipe a thick layer of icing on top of all the walls, and fix the roof pieces in position; the roof should overlap the walls to make the eaves. Pipe or spread a little icing along the crest of the roof to hold the two pieces firmly together. Leave overnight to set firmly.
- When ready to decorate, use icing to make snow on the roof and to stick on various candies for decoration. Finish with a fine dusting of sifted confectioners’ sugar.