2012 Holiday Gingerbread Contest

Peoples Choice Award

Waterford House by Joan Bell Williams and Tori Hamilton


My grand-daughter Tori Hamilton and I made and decorated this house.  We  tried to copy the Waterford house on the pattern page. We used fruit roll ups for the ribbons, and Piroulene cookies for porch supports.  Golden Grahams cereal are the shingles on the roof.


Best Use of Candy Award

Santa's Toy Factory by Glenn Yehling


The inspiration for this project was Santa's workshop and home.  Like our other piece (Buckingham palace) it is entirely edible, and oh so good to smell and occasionally pick at.  As you can see, there's too many varieties of confection to list.


Best Holiday Theme Award

Ginger Lane by Rachel Hill McClary


I wanted to try and make a larger village this year...I used chocolate hershey bars for shingles on one room and hersheys kisses...upside down ice cream cones for trees.  Chocolate rocks for the sidewalk/road.  LOVE DOING IT!!


Best Landmark Award

 Historic Windsor Hotel in Americus Georgia by Brenda Carpenter


Construction gingerbread, pretzels, royal icing; some roofs of golden grahams, some of graham crackers.


Best Use of Gingerbread Award

Battle for Sleeping Beauty at the Bayside Cemetary 'Castle' by Rebecca Naomi Weld


This is an architectural replication of a red sandstone building in my town that I have always admired.  When I was looking for a suitable setting for my fairy-tale themed gingerbread project, it seemed perfect!  The dragon, prince (hiding behind the pillar), and princess (sleeping on the porch) are all based on the classic Disney movie Sleeping Beauty.  Primarily made of gingerbread with frosting and chocolate accents- there was also heavy use of herbs for the roof and landscaping.


Best entry using a Gingerbread-By-Design Pattern Award

Patterson House by Melody McAllister


The walls are poured royal icing for 'paint', front porch is topped with gum paste that I've pressed a wood grain into.  I've gone over it by hand to make the detail sharper, and it was painted with food coloring.  The chimney is made with chocolate rocks, as well as the walkway.  The shrubs are cereal marshmallow treats that were dyed with food color then painted to touch up.  There is a Santa in the front window as well as a candy tree in the turret that is hard to see from the picture.  Santa and his reindeer are piped on the right side in royal icing and the foundation is made from starburst candy.  The roof is made from Oreo Thin Crisps because of their 100th anniversary this year.  Everything, including supports is edible except the board.



Honorable Mentions

Welcome to Gingerbread Land by Samantha Eyth

 Welcome to Gingerbread Land by Samantha's Sweets  ~I was inspired by the book Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett and our charming home town.  I used a Necco Wafer roof, graham crackers, royal icing icicles and tons of sparkly fondant decorations on the gingerbread house.  For the sweet shop and town sidewalk display, I used icings, fondant and gumpaste for all the edible decorations.  More pictures can be viewed on www.samantha-sweets.com  


Santa's Workshop Gingerbread House by Wicked Goodies

 This 3 1/2 foot wide, 3 1/2 foot tall edible interpretation of SantaΓÇÖs workshop is made of gingerbread cookies, royal icing, gumpaste, and candy. The front side is a work of architecture and the back side is a cut-away reveal of a workshop full of elves, toys, gifts, and Mrs. Claus sitting by a jelly bean fireplace. This piece was made as a charitable donation for Housing Families Inc. by Wicked Goodies.  


Winter is upon us by Jill Saunders-Wheeler

 Used almond slivers for the roof, corn syrup and secret ingredient for windows, also gingerbread and my famous concrete mixture for icing that sticks like no bodies business.


My DREAM house by Amy Weber Johnson

Pretzels were used for all 'wood'. The basement level has a Jelly bean Stone front. And the patio is a Necco wafer Stone facade!   


Buckingham Palace by The Yehling Family

I wanted to share our family's annual tradition of creating something spectacular out of gingerbread.  This holiday season, we choose Buckingham Palace as our inspiration.  Our version of the palace measures 48'x 20'x 22', and is entirely edible.  The project took 5 days to complete.


 Whoville Southwest Transmission by Arvalynn Baldwin

 Made from gingerbread, rice krispies, fondant, royal icing.


Gingerbread 'Whoville' by Charlotte Brainard Biercevicz

All of buildings are gingerbread covered in colored fondant.....yellow path around tree is molded chocolate....large tree is green colored gingerbread.....most architectural designs are gum paste...others are molded chocolate. I have always been a Grinch fanatic and I have been planning to do this for some time....I create a gingerbread house every year for my family. I have been doing this for over thirty years.......


Frosty's Fortress - decorated inside and out by Laurie Cagle Ethridge

 This was and idea I have had for a while. Wouldn't it be cool (pun intended) for Frosty and all his pals to have a place all to themselves?  ...Snowball fights, skating inside the castle. sledding, snowboarding, and a top notch catapult.\n\n It is difficult to see everything that is going on here in one picture...I iced and decorated each piece before assembly.  So no matter which way one peeks in, something is there to greet and entertain.  All the window and door cutouts are trimmed in sugar crystals, pearls, and snowflakes.  A snowy character looks out of each window -  ready to fling a snowball.  Snowballs pour out the back entrances and ladders allow access to snow people in the top towers.  The foreground has snow people having all sorts of fun.  One little snowman is even ducking behind an (isomalt) ice cube wall, but gets pelted in the back of the head anyway. Entirely edible!  Gingerbread, Royal Icing (and more Royal Icing), gum paste, fondant, icebreakers mints/ gum, sugar pearls, gumballs, sugar glass, chocolate candy rocks, sugar cubes, and glitter gel icing gives it all an icy sheen.


Marshmallo Manor by Rhonda Sue Kurzejeski

I love making these a couple of times a year. I enjoy the relaxing time thinking and coming up with ideas. Gingerbread house trimmed with royal icing.  Roof trimmed with tine oreo cookies with M&M centers.  Outdoor trees are covered ice cream cones.  Marshmallows with lights provide fencing.  Windows are melted Jolly ranchers crushed and placed in openings. ground cover is Royal icing. 

Our take on the beautiful St. Andrews House by Debbie Finnell

Every year, our town has the annual Snowflake Festival and a gingerbread house competition is a part of it. I have wanted to do this house for several years but thought it was too grandiose to tackle.  We decided to give it a go this year and, even though there were several issues that had me doubting our choice, I am so glad that we stuck it out.  We had much difficulty getting the front  overhang to stay where we wanted it to. We ended up breaking it off once because it was crooked and it fell off twice (this was how we discovered that necco wafers and royal icing make great repair supplies). We couldn't find 12' candy canes for the pillars so we had to use 10' ones and improvise on what to take up the extra space.  We settled on a pecan roll cut to size.  The first go at that didn't take and, unfortunately, one of our candy canes made the ultimate sacrifice.  We used melted lemon candies for the windows and melted jolly ranchers for the pond.  We have a tradition for our houses of including a duck somewhere.  Our normal duck maker is away at college so we had to improvise.  Hopefully we will have our normal duck maker back next year, lol.  Kit Kats were the perfect size and shape for the window boxes. We used some sparkle gel painted on the leaves to make them look a little less spinach-like (that was our ongoing joke during construction). The pathway to the house is made out of golden grahams cereal and the flower barrels were made from the bottoms of regular ice cream cones.  I had the most fun making the trees. In the past we have tried the sugar cone and royal icing method and they just didn't turn out well.  I was so pleased with the trees this year that I would have made a whole forest if the others hadn't stopped me. Great amounts of royal icing were also used in the construction of this house.  For everything from the flowers, the glue to hold the pieces together, the garland the criss-cross on the shutters of big red gum, the roof covering and the base under our blanket of coconut snow.  We have the most fun looking for candy and cookies to make our house.  Once we get in gingerbread mode, every piece of candy we see is scrutinized to see if it has house potential.  Well, that is our house for this year.  We had so much fun making it and hope you enjoy it too. Cake sparkle glitter is my new best friend.  I would have sparkled everything if they would have let me 


 The Abbey Bed & Breakfast, Cape May, NJ BY Maryanne Garcia Wilk

This is a bed & breakfast inn in Cape May, NJ. See: http://www.abbeybedandbreakfast.com/Abbey-Photo-Gallery.html  I used over 130 pieces of Gingerbread, fondant, royal icing, red hots, sour apple candy sticks, spaghetti noodles covered with royal icing, graham crackers, ice cream cones, silver dragees, sunflower seeds and more! This was the first time I used royal icing to 'flood' the exterior walls.

 
Gingerbread Village by Michelle Labrie Maple
My inspiration for this entry is a snow globe. All of the pieces were assembled and decorated and then placed in the glass. Everything in this piece is completely edible - decorations used are royal icing, dragees, edible glitter, sugar, coconut and cupcake decorations added with tweezers!


The Snowman Jamboree by Linda Carney
This piece was created from Gingerbread, fondant and gum paste.  The snowmen are gingerbread, covered in fondant, rolled in white stone ground grits and airbrushed white.  The instruments are solid gingerbread, with fondant accents.  The hats are gumpaste and the bowler is covered in edible glitter.  The penguin is also gingerbread covered in fondant.  To make the spheres I baked each sphere in two sections using hemisphere baking forms. 


 Entirely edible log cabin and outhouse by MaryLou Bullerman

There was a photo and directions in a 2005 Better Homes and Gardens book called Christmas sweets & treats.  I did not follow their directions, but it was the inspiration.  The candy canes did not want to stand up as the fence, but I had some white nonpareils that I stuck next to the base of the cane to prop it up.  Built four logs at a time from the base up, it was a lot more work than it appears.


The Dragonfly Inn by Sarah Cummings
The Dragonfly Inn is made entirely of edible products. The main structure is made of gingerbread and painted with food coloring.  The trees took over 60 hours and consist of pretzel trunks, spaghetti branches and rosemary needles all glued with melted isomalt. I hope you enjoy the Inn. 


Reindeer Games by Lauren Heustess
Reindeer stables are gingerbread, with gumpaste reindeer reading, roasting marshmallows in front of the campfire, playing checkers, and watching the Abominable Snowman try to ice skate.



 A Sweet Beacon, 2012 by Kerry Holmes

This gingerbread lighthouse and keeper's cottage is surrounded by ice cream cone and pretzel trees and a snow-drifted landscape. The lighthouse is constructed of gingerbread, lots of cinnamon and mint gum, candy cane poles, licorice handrails, gelatin windows, and a beacon of light perched inside the beacon. The keeper's cottage is constructed of gingerbread with a thatched roof using mini graham crackers. Landscaped plantings are gumdrop circles with fragrant gumdrop leaves atop them. Dragees and sprinkles twinkle on trees and wreaths and give the illusion of real light. All of it is held together with plain white royal icing.  The lighthouse was lots of fun to make and is a whimsical twist on my more traditional annual creations. I can only imagine the happy traveler who is welcomed home by the glow of the keeper's light. 


Colonial Brick Home by Sharon Buckwell
This brick colonial is totally edible. The main structure is made of gingerbread then covered with pastillage and painted with food coloring, it is all glued together with royal icing. The wrought iron fence made of spaghetti strands dipped in black royal icing. The pillars are hand rolled isomalt and the window panes are gelatin. The edible curtains behind those panes are made of rice paper. I hope you enjoy my house, I know I would love to live in a house like this.


 Rocky Island Light by Jennie Cline

We live on coastal Maine and were inspired by the numerous lighthouses we see all along the coast. We used lots of royal icing, Maine made 'rock' candy, pretzels, marshmallow snowman (in the back), a lifesaver, necco wafers, sprinkles, red hots, candy canes, peppermint hard candies, red licorice and 3 small goldfish crackers (hiding amongst the waves and rocks!) The top lifts off so that a battery operated candle can be added to the top. The light windows have red wax paper. Our local light house (Bass Harbor Light) has a red beam, so we were inspired by that.


 Hook 'em Horns Real Food Gingerbread House with the Kids by Kate Cormeny Geesaman
 
 We've had a real food revolution in our house this year and have reaped the health benefits of it. I wanted to continue our gingerbread house making tradition without all the artificial flavors, processed sugars and dies in most cakes and candies. I used organic whole wheat flour and real molasses in the gingerbread, raw sugar and the candies are made with real fruit and sugars. Most of the gingerbread and candies are stuck together with sugar glue (melted sugar) and to stick the almond slices on we use a sugar/potato starch/milk combination. A heavy snow of coconut topped off our winter scene! 


St. Andrews Pattern 2012 by Andrew Forman

Could only find 8 inch candy canes so I had to build a base porch to support the columns.  I had my 7 and 10 year old kids make small decorated gingerbread cookies as lawn and fence decorations.  Round ginger snaps make great roof shingles!  


Effingham Gingerbread House by Ashley Taylor Nicholes

I used blue tinted fondant for the siding and green royal icing for the wreaths. The trees are upside-down ice cream cones with green icing and red hots for ornaments. The windows are made with melted chocolate and the roof is made with gingersnaps. The chimney is done with red and white royal icing. I used the picture on the website as inspiration.


'A Ride For Cinderella' by Cheryl Waterhouse-Barnhart
A Fairy Tale is the theme that I chose and tried something other than your typical 'house'. Mini jaw breakers were used for the buttons inside the coach along with candy sticks inside the doors. Candy cigarettes are used for the spokes on the wheels along with a life savers in the center of the wheels. The horses are made of gingerbread with fondant used for the tale and mane. Fondant is used inside and outside the coach and the gold embellishments are also fondant then sprayed with Wiltons color mist. There is a marshmallow used on the top and licorice is used as the horses reins. The inside is complete with seats and pillows and I'm sorry you cannot see that it's one of my favorite things about this.

 Entrance to the Gingerville Carnival by Vickie Eastwood
 
Jujubees, candy buttons, lots of gummies (cola bottles, hot dog & ice cream cones) are the candy decorations. The inspiration was the county fair this past summer and how fun it would be if the gingerbread people could have their own carnival. Food booths, games, rides, popcorn and all the rest. There are 5 light strings (2 surrounding the park, 1 in the carousel, one under the Spider ride and 1 on the Ferris Wheel) as well as a strobe light inside the Fun House.


The 'It's my Gingerbread!' Dragon by Steve Bostick
Thought it would be fun to do something really unusual. My sister saw a dragon statue & was inspired to make this creation. We worked on it together with her boyfriend, building the inner structure with PVC, window screen, aluminum foil, & patience. The exterior is all gingerbread decorated with cut jelly beans (1500 of them!); gummy snakes for his tail; gummy centipedes on belly scales; red licorice for 'fire;' pulled sugar for teeth, claws, & horns; modeling chocolate & fondant for face covering & inside mouth; decorated gingerbread cookies & various candies for treasure trove.


The Wizard of Oz by Kymberleigh Dawn
Last year I made my first ever gingerbread house and looking back on it, it was too dark so this year I decided to do something more colourful. I thought long and hard about an idea and what came to mind was the Wizard of Oz. The movie starts out in black and white (dull like my first gingerbread house) and then turns into a movie full of beautiful colours (just like this years). Everything on my display is edible except for the frame work. I've got a motor underneath the tornado so it can spin. Dorothy's house, the witches castle, the munchkin houses and the emerald city are all made out of gingerbread. The trees are rice krispies covered in fondant with green rice krispie leaves. The tornado is rice krispies covered in royal icing. The people and the ground are fondant. Here's a youtube video I made of my display  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEOH2dXW2c0&feature=g-crec-u



 Gingerbread Castle by Jen Reynolds

This is an edible version of Schloss Hurlach, a castle (circa 1610AD) nestled in the tiny Bavarian village of Hurlach, in the South of Germany.  \nI live in one of the towers.  Being surrounded by quaint buildings, interconnecting to create such beautiful spaces and perspectives, it was simply too tempting to try to recreate the scene in Gingerbread!  \nIt was quite complicated to design and build with a variety of arches, towers, covered walkways and tricky roof lines (not to mention the fact that the whole thing sits on a hill), but I am very happy with the result.  Decorations have been kept simple, allowing the beauty of the architecture to take centre stage.


Gingerbread Lighthouse with Rocky Shoreline (also lights up) by Christa Savery Dunn
 Inspired by Nauset Light on Cape Cod, this house also lights up. The lighthouse is Gingerbread covered with Royal Icing imprinted with a brick pattern. The lighthouse glass is isomalt. Railing is gum paste with dried spaghetti rails painted with royal icing. Base is rice krispy treats and the rocky shoreline is gum paste. Water is royal icing thinned and painted onto the board. Sand is cookie crumbs. Buoys and Boat are hand-painted gum paste. House is gingerbread with gum paste roof and door. Window is leaf gelatin and Christmas tree in the window is made of royal icing.


Cuckoo for Christmas by Barb Amabile
 

This gingerbread Christmas cuckoo clock is 22 inches tall and 13 inches wide.  It is completely edible and I used light and dark gingerbread where the dark was compressed and stained half way through baking to give it a wood grain look.  Fondant was used for the tudor design and figures and sliced almonds were used for the stonework.


Farmhouse by Paige Gould

Used Necco wafers and primarily decorated with colored royal icing. My inspiration was raffling it off for my charity.


 Detailed gingerbread replica of a 1952 Dodge Power Wagon by Donna Doyle


Detailed 1952 Dodge Power Wagon created for someone who is restoring the actual truck. Complete with a fondant wood in the bed of the truck, winch with chain and 's' hooks. Detailed grill, side engine vents, spare tire, gas can, working head lights and interior cab lights. Cab dashboard has detail just as in the actual truck including upholstered seats with piping, all gear shifts, molded dash with gauges, glove box handle, door handles, window handle and arm rests. Also includes his medical bag on the seat with some supplies. Entire truck foundation is gingerbread covered in fondant. Bed of truck and tailgate is carved gingerbread covered in fondant. Tires are custom molded fondant.  


Festive Fountain - Santa makes a wish for a Merry Christmas by Barb Amabile

This fountain is made from completely edible ingredients.  Melted home-made clear hard candy was used for the pooled water and thin clear tapioca rice noodles were used for the cascading water.  It features spouting Rudolphs and poinsettias, a toy train, coins in the lower level, Santa making a wish, a waving elf, and a Christmas tree (our traditional bear is starring in the role of Angel Bear as the tree topper).


Christmas in Paradise by Maria Short

A double hull gingerbread canoe with a wafer paper sale and sugar paste elves and Santa.  All items except for the mast are edible!


Replica of my home church.... Wilroy baptist Church of Suffolk Virginia by Dare Johnson
Inspiration was my home church..  Gingerbread and fondant were predominately used..  Melted frozen chilled gummy bears were used for The stained glass windows.   And Royal Icing to decorate and put together.  Trees made from Chocolate and parsley grass with shredded brown coconut for flower beds.

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