After my gingerbread house collapsed last year I swore off making another. I have terminally bad luck when it comes to gingerbread houses – they collapse; they fall apart; the candy all slides off; they have walls or roofs that fall down; the gingerbread burns, or warps or is too thin or too thick – ultimately it ends in frustration and anger and tears every time. I can make super elaborate cakes but gingerbread has always been beyond me – so I gave it up.
But then my mom gave me a set of gingerbread cookie cutters a few days before Christmas that were created in support of Habitat for Humanity. So I thought I’d give it one more try and I decided to be as strategic as possible. I made my royal icing with the stand mixer I got given just before I made my brother’s wedding cake which really did make a difference – it was the strongest icing I’ve made; I decorated each piece before assembling the house and let it set for half a day; and assembled it very slowly letting each section set before moving on to the next piece – and it worked – it was a Christmas miracle!
I wanted to share the final product with you today and use it as an opportunity to wish all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I hope you’re having a wonderful and relaxing time with family and friends.
I also wanted to give you a post-Christmas present. Etsy Canada has arranged with a whole set of Canadian artisans to create a boxing day sale and I’m one of the artists participating. You can see all of the participating artists here. If you use the coupon code BOXINGDAY any time through December 29th you’ll receive 20% off from any of us. You can find my store, Raven Mad Designs here.