Situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, this quirky two bedroom is perfect for a growing family. Custom-designed in 2016 for a couple with impeccable taste, this house's modern palette provides the perfect backdrop for your country house dreams. The charming front walkway ends in a bright pink wafer door, while a multi-colored M&M roof and gumdrop accents give it great curb appeal (shown here with seasonal sugar pine bunting). This gingerbread house is located in Candy Land County, a destination hamlet along the Caramel River. For more information regarding lake rights please contact Real Simple Real Estate.
2 cups (about 8 ounces) powdered sugar
2 tablespoons meringue powder
3-4 tablespoons water
Red liquid food coloring
Green liquid food coloring
6 chocolate graham cracker sheets
½ cup red M&M’S milk chocolate candies
½ cup brown M&M’S milk chocolate candies
1 (14.1-ounce) package vanilla wafer cookies
1 (14.1-ounce) package strawberry wafer cookies
1 (14.1-ounce) package chocolate wafer cookies
1 cup gumdrop candies
How to Make It
Prepare the House Patterns: Draw 2 (5¾- x 3½-inch) rectangles on parchment paper for roof, leaving at least 5 inches between pattern pieces. Draw 2 (5¾- x 4-inch) rectangles on parchment paper for sides, leaving at least 5 inches between pattern pieces. Draw 2 (6¼- x 4-inch) pentagons on parchment paper for ends, leaving at least 5 inches between pattern pieces and starting peak for roof 4 inches from bottom. Get the template.
Prepare the Royal Icing: Place powdered sugar, meringue powder, and 3 tablespoons of the water in a medium bowl, and stir until smooth. Stir in up to 1 tablespoon water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. (Icing should be firm but easy to squeeze through a small hole in piping bag.) Place ½ cup icing in a bowl; stir in desired amount of red food coloring. Place ½ cup icing in a separate bowl; stir in desired amount of green food coloring. Cover each bowl with a damp paper towel; cover tightly with plastic wrap. Keep at room temperature until ready to use. Transfer remaining icing to a disposable piping bag; twist the large opening, and secure with a rubber band. Snip a small hole in the pointed end of the bag. Keep opening covered with a damp paper towel when not using to keep the icing from getting hard.
Prepare the House: For the roof, arrange graham cracker sheets on each roof pattern; carefully trim edges to fit. Pipe icing along edges of crackers, and press together to secure. Let dry completely, about 1 hour. Arrange red and brown M&M’S alternately in rows over crackers in shingle style, securing each candy with a dab of icing. Let dry completely, about 1 hour.
For the sides, arrange graham crackers on side pieces; carefully trim to fit. Pipe icing along cracker edges, and secure pieces together. Let dry completely, about 1 hour. On 1 house side, secure 2 full-size wafers vertically, side by side, for the door. Cut remaining wafers in half. Arrange wafer halves in alternating colors horizontally in rows beside and above door, securing with icing; carefully trim edges to fit. Let dry completely, about 1 hour. On second side piece, arrange wafer halves in alternating colors horizontally in rows, securing with icing. Let dry completely, about 1 hour.
For the ends, arrange wafer halves in alternating colors horizontally, securing with icing; carefully trim edges to fit. Let dry completely, about 1 hour.
To assemble the house, secure ends to sides with icing. (Use soup cans to hold house pieces in place while icing dries.) Let dry completely, about 1 hour. Secure roof by liberally apply icing to peaked ends; press roof pieces in place. (Prop up roof pieces with cans and/or kitchen towels to hold in place.) Let dry completely, about 1 hour.
Arrange gumdrops along each exterior house edge on front and back of house, securing with icing.
Scoop green icing into a piping bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe wreaths and garland on front and sides of house. Scoop red icing into a disposable piping bag; snip a small hole in end of bag. Pipe dots of red onto wreaths as desired.
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