5th Place: German Christmas Pyramid
"Our gingerbread house is not a house but a traditional German Christmas Pyramid, a popular German Christmas decoration. It is similar to a carousel with several levels, often depicting Christmas motifs, such as angels or manger scenes. They are typically made of wood based on 4- to 8-sided platforms with a long pole in the middle serving as the axle. The spinning motion of the pyramid is achieved with the help of candles whose rising heat spins the propeller above. Our pyramid has 4 levels featuring a nativity scene, a toy train, Santa's sled pulled by three reindeer and angels. The ingredients we used included gingerbread, royal icing, marzipan, fondant and trimmed lasagna noodles for the propeller blades. In addition to typical baking tools we also used protractors, rulers, mini-handsaws, hobby knives a level, a tape measure and sandpaper."
Florham Park, NJ