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.
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Beverly’s Grand Pabbie
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
We’d like to invite you to move here.
Please bring gingerbread.
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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