Welcome back! I like to call this ginger grouping Holy Crap No. 2, because it’s the second grouping of entries that made me say holy crap. Cast your vote at the bottom of the post to help determine the winner of the 2014 People’s Choice Prize.

(For more information on how this competition will go down, click here.)

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Beverly’s Grand Pabbie

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ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

This is Beverly’s second Ginger 2014 entry. When I emailed to say: what? TWO ENTRIES? She replied with a modest, “I was energetic this year.”

As with anything movie related, I had no idea who or what a Grand Pabbie was. Turns out he’s an elderly troll from Frozen. A movie I will never see.

Beverly writes:

He is made of gingerbread, rice krispies, fondant and spaghetti. His body and cape are gingerbread that has been formed and baked over tin pan forms. His head and hands and feet are made of rice krispies and covered in fondant and splattered with edible food color. The board he stands on is made of gingerbread of different colors and is decorated with chocolate rocks.

Mother of pearl! It’s incredible! He looks so… big! I almost feel bad saying that I’d like to break his nose off and eat it. The feet are perfectly sculpted, and I’m seriously tempted by the cape. As in: I’d like to wear a cape made of gingerbread and frosting. I can’t believe I’ve never thought to use pasta in my gingering. I LOVE PASTA. It is the perfect decorating medium for this creation. Grand Pabbie is equal parts grandiose and magic! You WERE energetic this year, Beverly!

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David’s Fire House No. 2

ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

David writes:

For the past six years, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum in Aurora (IL) has been hosting a Gingerbread FIREhouse contest. Rules are simple — everything must be edible, and it must be a fire-related structure (real or imaginary), which typically means crafting a fire station, or a gingerbread house-on-fire.

Hold up. Do people actually follow these rules? Because most of my competitors COULDN’T CARE LESS.

I will be honest, I am a museum curator. I’m also fire-engine-loving, history geek. I am single, and I don’t “cook” (I microwave), and I’m NOT a “foodie” as my friends like to say. But I do like to build models, and my girlfriend (who IS a baker and a “foodie”) challenged me to try it. That was six years ago, and I’m quite pleased with the results.

Couple of things, David. To start, you aren’t single. You have a girlfriend. Also, six years seems like a really long time to spend on a gingerbread house. Even if it’s tall.

With its red and white motif, this real fire house (built in 1891 in the gold rush community of Auburn California) looks like it’s in the holiday spirit! 

Oh, David. this isn’t a real fire house. It would melt if water from a hose hit it. That said, at 40 inches high, it’s almost the size of a real fire house…

I wanted the finished house to have a hand-made whimsical look, more than a perfectly crafted, fondant, covered creation. A wood-plank pattern was carved into the station’s siding and then lightly covered with red sprinkles before being baked. Window and door-frames were hand-piped. The station’s steeply pitched roof was covered with neatly spaced rows of red cinnamon candies, and white chocolate mini-chips.

Mission accomplished, David. Your fire house, though refined, does have a hand-made charm to it. The cinnamon and white chocolate shingles are a perfect touch, and give your masterpiece an important ginger quality: eatability. (Which may or may not be a real word.) A gingerbread creation should beg to be munched on! I would eat that house from the top down, whilst pondering the difficulties of transporting such a huge display. It’s stunning! David, don’t stop gingering. EVER.

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Christa’s Fogg Library Replica

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Christa writes:

I am entering my Fogg Library Replica in your contest. It is based on a local landmark and us 100% edible (gingerbread, 400+ gum paste bricks, isomalt, frosting). Feel free to poke fun at it 😉

Um, look at this thing! The brick work is freaking my freak! Feel free to poke fun at it? HOW? First off, everything is identifiable. There are no random animals, gingerbread men with haunting expressions, or elements that have been clearly licked by children. No, this library is pristine. The detailing along the roofline, the adorable wreathes, the perfectly constructed entranceway! Magnificent! It makes me want to head directly to a chair with a good book. I looked up Fogg Library on the world wide interwebs, and Christa? You nailed it. Actually, your version is even better because you used far more sugar in its construction than the original. PHENOMENAL!

Christa blogs here: bakeoutsidethebox.blogspot.com

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Lynne’s Ginger Carousel

ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

Lynne sent the following note with her entry:

Attached are a couple of photos of this year’s gingerbread project. The base of the carousel is 19″ diameter and it stands just under 24″ high. The ceiling is an 18″ round gingerbread cookie covered with royal icing and stenciled with food coloring. All of the red scalloped pieces and swags hanging at top of poles are made by pressing gingerbread dough into a mold, removing from mold and baking. Then I painted on a glaze made of egg yolk, milk and food coloring.

PS. I know it technically is not a house so if it doesn’t qualify, just disregard . . .

Don’t worry about it, Lynne. No one follows rules around here.

This is the only circus ride I’d be willing to… get involved with. Mostly because I have a long-held fear of circus rides such as carousels and ferris wheels. I’m worried that one will break free (with me on it), and roll through town, crushing everything in its path. It would be pretty horrifying.

Every bit of this carousel is making my brain spin. The piped detailing on the canopy is staggering, as is the image of Santa and his sleigh on the underside. The horses, the scalloping, the poles and swags! I CAN’T EVEN! The craftswomanship is stunning. Lynne, your carousel is a wonder! The stuff of dreams. A true delight!

You can find Lynne on her facebook page for Rocking Horse Sugar Decor.

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Monica’s Manicured Mansion

ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

ginger 2014 | movita beaucoup

Monica writes:

I was a graphic designer and letterpress printer in a past life, had kids, stayed home, and decided I liked flour and sugar more than ink and paper. I do things just for fun and for friends. I love the creative process but don’t have any training in anything whatsoever. I would love to go to baking school like you did, maybe someday! I really, really need that $75 GC so I can put myself through school, feed my family, pay my hospital bills, etc. Ha! Just kidding. I just want the mad, mad props of winning. This house took me about a month. Except for the lights, 100% edible. P.S. I <3 Canadians.

Dear Monica,

We’d like to invite you to move here.
Please bring gingerbread.

Sincerely, Canada

Look at this thing! I imagine a dude named Alistair lives there with his second wife, Camille. Can we talk about the hedges? THE HEDGES!! I bet that’s how Alistair and Camille hooked up. Alistair and his first wife, Tatiana Cartwright, hosted a summer bash, and then Alistair “got lost” in the hedges with Camille. Quel scandale! It was probably Camille that suggested they re-do the roof with that exquisite shingling. This mansion is captivating! No wonder Camille wanted to shove Tatiana out of the picture. I can’t take my eyes off it – so many details to take in from the stonework to the sweet holiday decor. It’s stunning! A month well spent, Monica!

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Cast your vote below! The overall winner of online Ginger polling will win the 2014 People’s Choice Prize!

Repeat voters are blocked by cookie and IP address.
Polls close at 11 am AST, Sunday, December 21, 2014.

You can also cast a vote for your favourite Group 4, Group 5 and Group 7 entries.

Click here to see Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 – polls for these groupings close at 10 am AST, Saturday, December 20th.


  1. Ludmilla on December 19, 2014 at 11:18 am

    These are awesome! so much detail and design. From the troll -speechless – he is so cool, to the library -.great brickwork and detail – love the entrance…to the firehouse: love the design and colors – it looks like the picture….the carousel: the top must have taken a long time and steady hand – amazing…and the manicured mansion – the detail and precision! GREAT Job Everyone!

    • movita beaucoup on December 19, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      I love how diverse the entries are this year. You’re right – there’s just so much detail and design!

  2. ibreatheimhungry on December 19, 2014 at 11:22 am

    These are all amazing – but that library and manicured mansion MUST be in the frontrunners of this entire competition – absolute ginger perfection!

  3. Willow @ Will Cook For Friends on December 19, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Holy crap is right… these are amazing!

  4. Lin on December 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I have a sft spot for carousel’s so it’s going to have to be Lynne’s carousel. The other entries are very good!

  5. Patricia Shepard on December 19, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    The hedges on the mansion…are rice krispie treats. Talk about snap, crackle, and pop!

  6. Tom Perez on December 19, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I had to vote for Dave since I both live in Aurora, IL, but am originally from Place County, CA, of which Auburn is the county seat. I’m actually heading back to California for Christmas and may make a trip up the hill to Auburn just to check out the firehouse. Well done Dave!

  7. Lauren on December 20, 2014 at 1:18 am

    Ok. Please delete my entry immediately. Or put it in the kids group. This shit is next level. I hang my head in amateur shame…. Seriously. That carousel. I mean…. COME ON! No human being has the hand steadiness to do that piping. YOU ARE AN ANDROID LYNNE. ADMIT IT!

    • David on December 20, 2014 at 3:35 am

      Lauren, I agree!! I’m the maker of the fire house that’s up next to that “Holy Crap!!” carousel and OMG, it’s so amazing I *almost* even voted for it instead of my own!

      I hate to be a ginger-hard-nose but rather than bump you (Lauren) and I down to the kids level I think we should seriously eliminate some of the stiffer competition based on technicalities! I mean forget the fact that this carousel (and Barb’s Yo Ho Ho Pirate Ship!) are not “structures” (that I can forgive – sorta) – the real issue I’ve got is with Lynne (and Barb?!) being androids. I mean think about it, with that perfect-piping and that perfectly cone-shaped roof — there’s no other explanation?! So, even though we don’t like to follow rules around here, there’s got to be a rule that precludes androids from competing head-to-head with us mere moral humans.

      If not — darn it Movita — next year, we need an “Android Class Grouping!” (and I don’t want to be in it!) – LOL! 😉

      • movita beaucoup on December 20, 2014 at 8:15 am

        Currently there are no rules concerning androids. I am reluctant to discriminate against any group of humans/robots, and don’t yet own the technology required to run tests on competitors. It is entirely possible that you are the only two humans competing this year. Of course, you could also be two androids who are very good at convincing people that you’re human. DO YOU SEE THE PROBLEM HERE?

        • Lauren on December 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

          *powers down*

      • Lynne on December 20, 2014 at 11:37 am

        David I have progress photos on my facebook page showing the human activity of putting the carousel together (cone roof and all) lol. I think we should gang up on master gardeners :-).

    • Lynne on December 20, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Oh Lauren, you made me smile. My piping is far from perfect and very much human generated. I did wonder while making this if real bakers/decorators have powered turntables because one of those would have been handy while I was trying to pipe with one hand and turn with the other.

      • movita beaucoup on December 20, 2014 at 11:53 am

        Oooooh! Someone should invent a power turntable! (They probably exist, right?)

        • Kathleen Cherie on December 22, 2014 at 11:07 am

          They do exist and I want one!

  8. Beverly Cutler on December 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I forgot to mention that Grand Pabbie came to life because I broke one of the carousel horses legs , and instead of putting him down I made another batch of gingerbread and wala Pabbie was created LOL

    • movita beaucoup on December 20, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Pabbie saved a life! I knew he was awesome…

  9. Beverly Cutler on December 20, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I am Thankful you let me participate so many talented Gingerbread people on here , lots of ideas !

    • movita beaucoup on December 20, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Thank YOU for joining the fun! xox

  10. Barb on December 20, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Ah! To be a robot and not require sleep – imagine how much more time there would be to play and bake! But I couldn’t give up eating. Life without gingerbread, icing, candy or potato chips just wouldn’t be worth living!

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