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« on: January 08, 2014 08:30:06 PM »

So, I've always thought St Basil's in Red Square is totally amazing so it became my inspiration for this. I tried to make it last year but trying to make round towers defeated me. This time I've had other challenges: being in 3 different houses and travelling with part assembled gingerbread; not being able to afford the ingredients I wanted; shaking hands; and my boyfriend trying to help ;-)

It's now 4am so excuse me if I don't make sense. The idea is a cathedral with 'onions' (what the tower tops are known as according to my mother) with a little choir singing outside and a rogue choirboy skating on the frozen pond. Some fave details to spot are the lamps over the arches and the stained glass window in the centre.

I really wanted to do a more urban one with an ice rink, a little babushka etc I even had an idea for moving parts so maybe if I brave this challenge again next year I will have the opportunity to go (even more) crazy. Anyway, here she is...

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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2014 09:47:30 AM »

Its beautiful.  Glad you persevered through challenges to make it.  Tell me more about the ingredients/construction?
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2014 08:04:56 PM »

I used egg free gingerbread as my niece has a very violent allergy to egg and she had a go at making biscuits with some cutters.
The base is two slabs of madeira cake covered in squares of wafer that had previously been sandwiched together but I broke apart.

The main gingerbread architecture is hexagons glued together in strips, some using melted chocolate and some using thick glace icing gone over with chocolate spread to try and neaten it a little. The round towers are in two halves each, made by cutting loo roll tubes in half length ways and then covering them in tin foil, I also had to made little stabilisers for the moulds as the gingerbread is quite heavy.

The 'onions' are cupcakes, sculpted and squished to make them rounder (I wanted to use teacakes, not sure if you have them in the USA?) but the size options were restricted due to the loo roll size. I then put a dolly mixture on top to give it a little point and wrapped them in icing. In a perfect world they would be covered in silver balls of many colours but this was a project on a budget. The little stars on the red one are actually tiny pasta. One of the 'onions' is a health onion because I ran out of stuff to make another cupcake one - it is actually an apple that I got to fit its tower! The stained glass window is boiled gummy bears.

The other tower parts are marshmallows and stacked mini party rings, which go really well in colour with the flump guttering. The gold tops are gold sprayed meringue (confession: I couldn't afford the edible gold spray paint - it was over $10 - so these bits aren't as edible as they should be).

The pond: is made of peppermints with a dash of green and food colouring. It looks awesome in real life but we can't get it to come out right on the pics. It cracked as I laid it down so I added the 'Danger Thin Ice' sign. The rocks are cinder toffee.

My people are made of milk bottles with the necks bitten off and replaced with pale rainbow drops. Path is cocoa powder edged with snow topped bushes of sugar coated chickpeas.

Phew! I think that's about it. Been a tough year to do this challenge but I am pleased that I completed it, even if it is not perfect. I'm sad there's so few entries this year, I always love looking through in awe.
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2014 06:00:54 PM »

You did a nice job, I instantly recognized the landmark from the thumbnail picture on the front page.  Well done!  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2014 07:02:04 AM »

Thanks for entering!

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