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Topic: EE's secret toadstool gingerbread house with snails!  (Read 12357 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.)


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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.

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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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« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2010 06:03:41 AM »

Oooooh I loooove this, looks like you put soooo much work into it and it also looks really tasty Wink  I haven't seen any of the other challenge entries yet (though I'm off to have a look now) but I'm certain yours will be one of my faves!!
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« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2010 08:13:26 AM »

Gorgeous! I love the little snails, and the second storey toadstool Smiley And a first time gingerbread house-- awesome!
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« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2010 08:48:42 AM »

What a brilliantly mad and delicious way to think outside the box!  Never considered that there are all types of houses among the creatures of this planet.  What a plethera of possibilities you've tapped into.  Too cute.  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2010 12:13:17 PM »

Looks great! The perfect smurf house.
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« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2010 05:16:14 PM »

I was just thinking the same thing!  The only way to make it better would be to add a little gingerbread Smurf. Cheesy  great job!
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« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2010 07:51:57 PM »

OMG Smurfs! That would have been smurf-tacular Cheesy

Thanks LostinOz, I love the snails too, I was wondering what happens around fairy houses when fairies are away and I figured those dastardly snails probably get up to no good, hehehe.

And thank too AdrianM, I have never been a cookie-cutter person (lolz, that's punny) and if I ever get the chance to design my own house it will be totally unique, though probably bigger than a toadstool purely so my stuff fits in.
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« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2010 02:41:25 AM »

Very cute idea and very well executed!~  Great job
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« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2010 03:02:21 PM »

Building rounded or curved gingerbread is not easy so this is very impressive for a first project in this medium.  One thing I notice about your piece is that you allowed some gingerbread to be exposed on the gills of the mushrooms... This is something I learned the hard way on my first gingerbread house.  The more places where you can allow the gingerbread to be featured the more people seem to like the pieces.  Very nice work!

Here is an example of gingerbread doing a peek-a-boo as the window frame of my UP House:


Below is an example of my favorite piece from our local gingerbread show and auction that was somewhat overlooked by the judges.  The Space Shuttle was mainly constructed from gingerbread (curved gingerbread) by Christopher Julian.  I felt it should have won an award but I think the judges didn't realize it was gingerbread!


So my words of wisdom for you are make sure you keep strategically exposing your gingerbread on your pieces and you will be 1st place gingerbread maker in no time!

You can see more photos of the Gingerbread Space Shuttle and Gingerbread UP House at these links.

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« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2010 03:16:51 PM »

Thank you so much LawrenceKSRealEstate, your images are very inspiring and your words of wisdom helpful. I too, though I should prove that it really is gingerbread under there (as best you can in photos) since I know alot of traditional houses have exposed gingerbread walls.

Honestly, I think the curved gingerbread was probably easier for me than a slab house. I enjoy sculpting and my brain computes that a little easier i guess. Once you work through the structural integrity issues of a hollow dome being supported by a flat sheet and an empty house frame, the rest is pie Cheesy

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« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2010 06:29:39 PM »

The hardest part(s) I have had with bent or formed gingerbread is finding the right recipe to use, how thick to make it, how to keep it centered on your form and finding a form that is 'oven proof' that matches the shape you need.... just a few (yet major) problems.

My recipe tends to 'melt' like a toll-house cookie when baked so I end up with the bread sliding down the sides of the form (think 1/2 cylinder with dough laying over the top) and I end up with 2 lumps of gingerbread laying on both sides of the form, instead of a nice 1/2 cylinder at the end of the 12 minute bake cycle....

Forming gingerbread is not something I have mastered yet.
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« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2010 12:07:48 AM »

This is amazing! WOW!
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« Reply #21 on: January 05, 2010 02:04:37 AM »

thanks Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2010 03:58:41 PM »

OMG the smurfs what are you people thinking  Huh
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« Reply #23 on: January 06, 2010 10:04:01 PM »

Holy Shitaki Mushroom!  Tongue Grin Cheesy Wink
That is AWESOME!!!! I haven't looked at all the entries yet, but I am in love with this one! SO Unique!
GREAT JOB!!!

You have just given me hope, I don't know how to make Gingerbread houses either, that's why I didn't do this one, but you totally gave the inspiration to go wild and lose with the concept of Gingerbread + House.

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« Reply #24 on: January 07, 2010 02:12:17 AM »

lolz, thanks!

I really wanted something special so I figured this one out after wondering what sort of house i would want myself Cheesy
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« Reply #25 on: January 07, 2010 05:28:52 PM »

It's a little fairy world! What a cool idea!
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« Reply #26 on: January 09, 2010 12:21:39 AM »

The gingey toadstool is still going strong, I had no idea that gingerbread just gets harder and harder Cheesy

I must update with a pic after it begins to go back to nature. I was thinking about popping it out in the rain one night for a 'melting! it's melting!' type of moment.
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« Reply #27 on: January 09, 2010 12:03:15 PM »

The gingey toadstool is still going strong, I had no idea that gingerbread just gets harder and harder Cheesy

I must update with a pic after it begins to go back to nature. I was thinking about popping it out in the rain one night for a 'melting! it's melting!' type of moment.

That might actually produce some cool photos. Kind of a Salvador Dali thing.
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« Reply #28 on: January 11, 2010 05:15:34 PM »

That is amazing, I love it!.... I also want to eat it!  Cheesy
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« Reply #29 on: January 12, 2010 03:11:24 AM »

Lolz, I reaaaaly wouldn't eat it Cheesy. It has been living on the bench now for abour two weeks... but remarkably is still as strong as concrete!
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« Reply #30 on: January 14, 2010 05:59:24 AM »

I love the toadstool house, it's adorable!
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« Reply #31 on: January 28, 2010 11:02:47 PM »

That's so adorable! One day (when and if I grow up) I want to build a little mushroom cottage for myself just like that!
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« Reply #32 on: January 30, 2010 10:23:09 PM »

Lolz! I would love to build a little mushroom cottage too. If I had land I would hide it somewhere in the woods and keep it as my escape from the world.
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