Gingerbread Village

Gingerbread Village Front

This is the 3rd year in a row that I entered a gingerbread house in Sweet Creations at the Eastman Museum. I planned for this to be a miniature village and easy to transport but it got a little big. It consumed me during the month of October since I work full-time and was due just after Halloween. I enjoyed learning several new techniques – Fondant Swans, Lighting, Stained Glass Isomalt windows.

Gingerbread Recipe: I used this recipe.

Royal Icing Recipe: I love using this recipe which uses Meringue Powder. It hardens fast and in works very well.

Front of Village lights

Tudor 1:

  • Roof – Frosted Shredded Wheat
  • Door – Fondant
  • Doorknob – Silver Dragee
  • Siding – Flooded Icing
  • Windows – Gold quality gelatin sheets (attached with hot homemade sugar only caramel)
  • Trim – Licorice Tires (pull apart)
  • Blue Birds – Wilton Sprinkles
  • Chimney – Stone Candy
  • Walkway – Choco Stones
Colonial
  • Roof – Black Jack gum
  • Door – Fondant
  • Doorknob – Silver Dragee
  • Siding – Clove gum
  • Windows – Gold quality gelatin sheets (attached with hot homemade sugar only caramel)
  • Trim – Fondant
  • Walkway – Choco Stones

Tudor 2

  • Roof – Pecans
  • Door – Fondant
  • Doorknob – Silver Dragee
  • Siding – Flooded Icing
  • Windows – Gold quality gelatin sheets (attached with hot homemade sugar only caramel)
  • Trim – Sour Streamers
  • Chimney – Stone Candy
  • Decorations – Holly Sprinkles
  • Walkway – Choco Stones

Eastman Village Swan Side

Tree Corner of Gingerbread Village

Brick Buildings Side of Gingerbread Village

Gingerbread Church Back with Lights

Church

  • Roof – Pepitas
  • Door – Fondant
  • Doorknob – Silver Dragee
  • Siding – Choco Rocks
  • Windows – Isomalt with Stained Glass. I followed this tutorial.
  • Tower – Grey Sanding Sugar, Ice Cream Cone covered with Pepitas

Front Side Gingerbread Village

Gingerbread Village Roof

Gingerbread Village Christmas Tree

Village Christmas Tree

  • Tree – Ice Cream Cone covered with Royal Icing
  • Garland – Red Shoestring Licorice
  • Decorations – Snowflake Sprinkles

Street Lights

  • Pole – Pasta Straws covered with Royal Icing and Gold Sanding Sugar
  • Base – Gumball, center drilled with Dremel Tool
  • Light Cover – Fondant

Landscaping

  • Mini bushes – Royal Icing
  • Wreaths – Royal Icing with Sprinkles
  • Plain Tree – Ice Cream Cone Tree Covered with Royal Icing
  • Fence – Dots
  • Awning – Candy Cane top
  • Road – Crushed Candy Canes

Fondant Snowman

Snowman

  • Body, Hat, Eyes, Buttons – Fondant
  • Nose – Wilton Snowman Decorating Sprinkle Kit
  • Arms – Red Shoestring Licorice

Gingerbread Graveyard

Graveyard

  • Angel Statue – Gingerbread cut with a cookie cutter
  • Angel Statue Base – Caramel squares attached with Royal Icing, covered with Royal Icing and silver sprinkles
  • Wreaths – Fondant with Heart Sprinkles

Gingerbread Village with Swans and Bridge

Bridge: Gingerbread, inner curve piece baked on foil, sanding sugar (fine – inner piece and large – outer pieces)

Pond: Large and Fine Blue Sanding Sugar

Swans: Fondant, Black Paste Food Coloring, Swan Wings Mold (smaller wings)

Gingerbread Grocery Store

Food Store

  • Roof – Green Sanding Sugar
  • Door – Fondant
  • Doorknob – Silver Dragee
  • Sign – Fondant, Royal Icing Lettering
  • Siding – Brick imprint with icing mortar
  • Awning – Sour Streamers
  • Windows – Gold Quality Gelatin Sheets (attached with hot homemade sugar only caramel)
  • Decorations – Holly Sprinkles, round balls
  • Bananas – Runts in Caramel
  • Pumpkin Candy

Back Gingerbread Houses Village

Flowers in Florist Gingergread Window

Flower Shop

  • Roof – Green Sanding Sugar
  • Door – Fondant
  • Doorknob – Silver Dragee
  • Sign – Fondant, Royal Icing Lettering
  • Siding – Brick imprint with icing mortar
  • Awning – Sour Streamers
  • Windows – Gold Quality Gelatin Sheets (attached with hot homemade sugar only caramel)
  • Decorations – Holly Sprinkles, round balls
  • Calla Lilies – Fondant, Sprinkles, Spaghetti – on top of caramel

Gingerbread dough and template

Brick Cutter Gingerbread

Baked Gingerbread Pieces

Icing Flooded Tudor Gingerbread pieces

Decorated Gingerbread House Pieces

lights on gingerbread board

Lighting

My friend Angie’s man did the lighting for me. I bought a 12 V Power Adapter and Pre-Wired LED Lights in Warm White. He heat shrunk and soldered in parallel and hot glued into place. He drilled a hole in the board for the power cord. I glued small wooden cubes on the bottom of the board to raise the board a little. I covered with foil before adding my gingerbread.

Making Stained Glass Windows Church Gingerbread

I am glad that I once again made gingerbread for the Eastman Museum. It pushed me to learn new skills and it was enjoyable to visit the show many times with my family and friends.

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4 Responses to Gingerbread Village

  1. Keitha says:

    Wow! These look amazing!

  2. Deborah Klee says:

    Oh my golly that was alot of work! Kudos to you for following through on your plan! Here;s to another year!

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