Make a Mini Gingerbread House
Here is a cute edible center piece that’s fun to make and helps you hone your construction and cake decorating skills at the same time. Using 6 graham cracker squares, fluffy white frosting and candies that wont melt or decay with time, you can put together these charming little gingerbread houses and use them as a centerpiece or give them away as gifts.
Fill a plastic sandwich bag with a dollop of frosting, snip 1/8th of and inch off the corner and pipe out the glue for the joints. Once you have a box, you’re ready for the roof. Accurate measurements and clean-cut edges are going to make the house much more sturdy. So with the roof, you want the crackers laying on their side rather than upright like crackers comprising the walls. You will need to cut the front and back of the roof by holding the crackers as they will lay, tracing a line scored with a serrated knife scoring the cracker deeply until it breaks off in a nice neat line. You may have to scrape off uneven places until they become smooth enough for joints that meet at right angles. Your accurate “carpentry” will assure a stable building. Use the first triangle as a template for the second…one for the front and one for the back.
Make sure they are identical and that they will fit between the roof slopes perfectly. Use the frosting to attach the slopes to the back triangle. Then surround the outside of the front triangle with frosting and wedge it between the slopes. Now pipe some more frosting around the top perimeter of the walls and gently place the roof on top.
Now the fun begins! Break out the candy and start glueing it on. Be sure and use candy that won’t melt or deteriorate over time. The harder the better. Juju bees roof shingles , candy cane doors, Starburst windows…you do the creating now. I use the icing to attach little icicles all around, hanging from the roof, the eaves and lintels.