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Topic: EE's secret toadstool gingerbread house with snails!  (Read 11218 times)
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« on: January 01, 2010 07:50:07 PM »

Ok, so when I first saw this challenge advertised I had two questions.

1. What type of house could I make that is out of the ordinary (kinda like me)?
2. How the hell do you make a gingerbread house?? Cheesy

This is my first ever gingerbread anything, except for cookies. I have not even tried a kit, so if I broke any cardinal rules of gingerbread house making, I apologise.

I made sure to fit the bill for this challenge: the walls, ceiling and toadstool roof are all gingerbread, as is the little second storey toadstool. The snails are gingerbread and the garden is royal icing, Smarties, Jubes jellies, Roll-up flowers and pretzel fence.

The highest point is about 22cm (9 inches) so it is a little small.




Toadstool-y goodness


Left side (note the adorable raspberry mushroom candies! DH's lucky find for me.)


Right side


Snails with cachous eyes


Proof of gingerbread innards  Wink


Gratuitous artsy shot.

Just to defend myself, it IS supposed to be slanted, just like a real toadstool  Grin.

Since I was a gingerbread novice I treated this like a sculpture/cake decorating project. I found a good gingerbread recipe online and started by using some dishes and alfoil as moulds to put the gingerbread on. The house body, flat ceiling, toadstool dome and little toadstool body and dome are all results of moulding gingerbread dough around various objects for baking. Secured together with the traditional royal icing I think it fits the bill pretty well.

Some of the pieces


Royal icing-coated toadstool body.

Thanks for looking! C & C welcome.

Have a great 2010.
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2010 07:52:46 PM »

 Shocked I haven't looked at any of the other ginger bread house entries yet but I absolutely love yours!!! I know it is bound to be my favorite. So cute and very nice work!
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2010 07:59:52 PM »

Thanks heaps!

I wanted something really unusual and since I couldn't figure out the technical aspects of a mounted in-tree treehouse, I settled on a toadstool Cheesy. Next year I am totally going for the treehouse though.
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2010 09:38:02 PM »

cute! i love toadstool houses!!!! it's extra awesome that this is sweet and edible! nom nom nom!!! i like the little mushrooms growing in the garden too! extra cuteness points i think!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2010 05:30:20 AM »

Those little mushrooms were such a find, DH got a big kiss for finding them!

As for edible... technically it is but it was baked so rock hard I doubt the mice could get through it! I wanted to be super certain it wouldn't collapse on me Cheesy.
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2010 06:56:28 AM »

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That's pretty cool, i think its more entertaining than the generic 4 walls and a roof type thing.

 how did you keep it from caving in, i would hate to know that any fairies died in the construction of it Cry
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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2010 07:16:02 AM »

Thanks Paws! The whole thing is made by moulding the gingerbread over various forms. A cereal bowl for the toadstool dome, two ramikins stacked up for the house base, crumpled foil for the little toadstool.

I also baked it till it went nice an crispy so I think the fairies (and various other critters should be safe) Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2010 05:26:43 PM »

I love this new look for a gingerbread house....very cute!!!
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2010 05:34:27 PM »

ADORABLE!!  This is a wonderfully creative concept for a gingerbread house!  Thanks for entering!! Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2010 12:11:38 AM »

Wow guys, thanks so much. It's also very special to get a reply from Sweets  Kiss *blush*.

As a  sculptor and cake decorator, my brain processed this style of house much better than the traditional houses  Grin
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