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Topic: My wayward gingerbread house- inspired by Up!  (Read 5843 times)
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« on: January 03, 2010 08:01:33 AM »

When I saw that this month's challenge was for gingerbread houses, I was excited, since I'd already planned to bake a gingerbread house this month. So I found my inspiration, spent a good two weeks working out how to defy gravity while remaining edible, and then spent about two weeks, on and off, building. This is actually my second attempt- the first was, umm, interesting. I'm not ashamed to say- there were tears. On with the pictures!

May I present- my interpretation of Carl Frederickson's flying house from the film Up!

Each wall is decorated in a different colour, similar to the movie- although there's fewer walls in mine.

The balloons appear to float in midair, in the morning sun. It was a careful balancing act of rock candy, string candy, and marzipan. So much marzipan.

The peril of a flying gingerbread house is that it occasionally escapes! You never know where it will float to next- here it is, perched atop the rosemary bush.

And there! Sat on the fence enjoying the winter sun.


No flying house would be complete without reliable lighting- here's the house relaxing after it's heavy morning of flying, lit-up indoors.

Finally, a close up of the candy windows.

Thanks to my friend Claire for helping me to solve the edible helium balloon conundrum. Just over two boxes of royal icing sugar, three packs of marzipan, and nearly a whole tin of golden syrup later, the house was complete. The windows were melted into the window holes right at the end of the baking time- they're made of crushed clear mints. The lighting is two battery operated tea lights. Everything is edible, except for the base and the lighting- the balloons are held up by a long stick of rock candy anchored into the base and supported by a ton of royal icing, then covered with string candy. I've also learned that cats eat gingerbread if you leave it unattended.

Someday, perhaps the house will make it all the way to Paradise Falls.

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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2010 11:37:35 AM »

I love it.

Great job with the balloons and the windows.

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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2010 11:40:13 AM »

This is awsome! love the balloons.
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2010 12:09:22 PM »

That is awesome! I got excited when I was scrolling through the "recently posted projects" and I spotted this. I just saw Up recently and loved it, and your gingerbread house totally brought that to mind before I even spotted it inspired you. Great job!

« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2010 01:39:10 PM »

This is the coolest thing evar! I seriously love it -- what a great idea  Grin

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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2010 06:46:42 PM »



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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2010 02:36:26 AM »

Thanks guys! Once I got over the angst of the first (much more elaborate) attempt, it was a lot of fun Cheesy

« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2010 02:44:05 AM »

Great movie, and great gingerbread house!  I am super-impressed by the balloons and by the "glass" in the windows!  Nice work!
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2010 12:19:01 PM »

My family loved this movie and it too was our inspiration for our gingerbread house this year.  We built the house for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Douglas County charity auction this year.  I love the look of your house and how it lights up.  You can take a look at ours here: UP Gingerbread House
« Last Edit: January 04, 2010 06:19:58 PM by LawrenceKSRealEstate » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2010 04:50:13 PM »

oh my gosh, i recognized this from the frontpage thumbnail - i love it! the balloons are ingenious, as are the lights Smiley

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« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2010 07:33:52 AM »

Thanks all Smiley

LawrenceKSRealEstate, I'm really glad I posted mine before yours, because I would never have posted my photos if I'd seen yours first! Your house is, in short, amazing Smiley

« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2010 02:27:06 PM »

So cool! My favorite thing has to be the cluster of balloons! And just to validate your work, my three year-old son is watching UP right now as I look at this, and he exclaimed "OH! Is that his house???!"


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