2009 Gingerbread House Contest Winners
The 10 gingerbread masterpieces YOU voted tops in this year's competition
"The tools I used were my X-Acto knife to cut out a pattern in foam board and in the gingerbread dough, my Skil saw to cut the platform for the stand, a mouse sander for sanding the plywood stand and the rough edges of gingerbread house,
a drill to make holes in the platform to insert lighting, a jigsaw to enlarge holes in platform and to cut baked gingerbread,a Dremel to sand gingerbread edges and refine details. The gingerbread house took 180 hours to prepare and finish. The windows are made with gelatin."
West Palm Beach, FL
"This took 120 working hours over 10 days, 30 pounds of gingerbread, 35 pounds of icing sugar, 1500 gingerbread shingles, 6000 mini marshmallows, 1 teaspoon of real gold flakes, 30 window frames, 15 poured sugar windows and, and, and..."
North Salt Lake, UT
"This was our submission for the San Diego County Epilepsy Foundation Gingerbread City 2008. It featured a row of brownstones on one side, Mario Batali's Babbo NYC restaurant on the other side, a flower shop on one end, and Mario's Italian Wine Merchants on the other end."
"This flour mill is named after our grandson, Carson. It took 3 months to create out of gingerbread, rolled fondant, noodles, gelatin sheets for the windows, icing, licorice and gum for the roofs. The water wheel was the most difficult part, especially making the water flow look as real as possible. My husband, Ron, used food coloring to paint all of the fondant fish, ducks, signs, and the bike. Each of the siding pieces were rolled to exact length and attached with icing. The tools we used were a Dremel, hobby craft knife, sandpaper, paint brushes, and modeling tools. Ron and I have been baking gingerbread scenes for the last 10 years and enjoy spending hours together coming up with creative ideas."
Marjorie Ann M.
"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
"Growing up on the East Coast and my childhood memories of visiting the shore watching fishermen inspired the idea of building a wharf. It took 3 months to create out of gingerbread, rolled fondant, noodles, gelatin sheets for the windows, icing, licorice and gum for the roofs. The boat was the most difficult, using sheet metal and trying to keep the gingerbread stable enough to bake. My husband, Ron, used food coloring to paint all fondant fish, birds, people and the collie. Matt's Fish Market and the bunk house were hand-piped with icing. The tools we used were a Dremel, hobby-craft knife, sandpaper, paint brushes and modeling tools."
Marjorie Ann M.
"The primary tools that I used to construct this gingerbread house were the bandsaw and my trusty X-Acto knife. As an architect, I also relied on my drafting program and large scale printer to produce the design and pattern pieces, which I traced right onto the gingerbread with a pencil and metal ruler. For assembly, I used traditional royal icing and frosting tips to apply."
"Made to resemble the style of the Hotel where I work."
Boca Grande, FL
"This gingerbread house was inspired by the song of the same name.
I have fond memories of going to my own grandmother's house so many years ago. The horse and sleigh are made from gingerbread, and the harness from red licorice. The folks riding in the sleigh were made from colored gumdrops formed into shapes. The blanket was made from yellow gumdrop rolled thin with a rolling pin. The woman's hat, hands, and scarf were piped from royal icing. The old fashioned bridge was made with several small pieces of cookies.
Frosty, in the front of the gingerbread house itself, has a gumdrop base and was piped with royal icing, then finished with pieces of gumdrops. The house roof was made from gum painted with red food coloring. The trees are gingerbread and decorated with cinnamon candy, icing and pastel bits. What a great way to celebrate This Old House!"
Mary Jane R.
"This holiday horse—hey, it's only one letter off from being a house!—was inspired by the rocking horse I built for my oldest son for Christmas when he was 2. The horse is made from gingerbread while the mane and tail are made from cooked and dried Ramen noodles. Red licorice strings serve as the reins and we made the area rug from sour strip candies, the saddle from marzipan, and the blocks from graham crackers "stained" with food coloring. In addition to typical baking and cake decorating tools we also used a ruler, X-Acto knife, level, hand held pumpkin carving saws, sandpaper to shape and smooth the edges and a hair dryer to dry the Ramen noodles."
Florham Park, NJ