12 Gingerbread Houses Nicer Than Your Actual Home


You probably hung up the cake icing tubes and gumdrops back in third grade, but some people are still very much in the gingerbread house game. All those extra years of candy sculpting have clearly paid off, as you can see from these daring works of gingerbread genius. They obviously belong in Architectural Digest, but since those guys are busy covering new Olympic stadiums or something boring, we’ve assembled some of the swankiest edible estates right here. See all the pads below, then just try to talk yourself out of Lifesaver shutters.



Now 18 seasons running, the George Eastman House’s gingerbread contest brings out fortresses like this sugary castle, which earns 10 points for an actual moat, but loses 100 for no dragons.



The Claremont Hotel’s enormous gingerbread manor is so cozy, you might be tempted to crawl inside its honey-scented walls. But don’t, because that’s frowned upon.



This snackable version of the Little Mermaid’s castle shows Sheraton Seattle isn’t messing around. The hotel hosts an annual “Gingerbread Village” where their culinary minds and local architectural firms unite to create masterful candy homes. This year’s theme is nursery rhymes, so get ready for some confusingly appetizing three blind mice.



PBS’s number one fan made this gingerbread replica of the Crawley home from Downton Abbey last year, and while it’s pretty nice, Maggie Smith would find the whole thing completely middle class.



The majestic front porch! The gushing fountain! All that…um…beading?! The only thing this Winchester gingerbread mansion is missing is a disgruntled, edible butler.



The Henri Bendel store that inspired this creation may have been established in 1895, but let’s hope its architect threw historical accuracy to the wind and sprung for some slightly fresher gingerbread.



All other gingerbread houses look like shady lean-tos next to the Fairmont Hotel’s two-story Victorian. That’s over 22ft of homemade gingerbread bricks held together by more than 1 ton of “royal icing,” because you never know when the Queen’s stopping by.



The Omni Grove Park Inn of Asheville hosts a yearly gingerbread competition that’s unearthed such gems as this Muppet Christmas Carol-inspired abode. Luckily, they managed to chain Animal to the balcony before he shredded the whole thing.



Suspiciously, the homeowners of this spot (located in the lobby of the St. Regis Hotel in DC) are all about hanging gratuitous wreaths, but hate their Christmas tree so much they make it sleep outside under a blanket of snow.



In Soviet Russia, bread gingers you!!!



The gingerbread White House is a festive tradition perhaps even more sacred than when they choose not to murder one turkey for Thanksgiving.

Kudos Thrillist


Harry Potter ‘The Weasley’s Burrow’ Gingerbread House

This woman, mezcraft, is spectacular. As an avid Harry Potter fan myself, I am honestly blown away by the dedication and creativity she put into this work of art. The Weasley’s Burrow Gingerbread house is an example of what happens when Harry Potter nerdlove and foodie talent combine.

You get this beatific piece of edible wonder. Although, if you’re that HP fan who has got that extra dose of dedication (and time) to actually replicate the Weasley Burrow yourself, here’s the recipe for you to peruse at your leisure.

via Instructables


Amazing Gingerbread Houses from Canadaland’s National 2012 Showcase

Among Canada’s many monumental achievements — world peace, maple syrup, Drake, Trivial Pursuit and Wayne Gretzky, to name a few — these awesome gingerbread houses make the list. The creations were entered for a Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase 2012 that took place at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, B.C.

The venue collaborated with Habitat for Humanity to raise money for the charity and invited bakers all around the country to partake in the baking extravaganza. The competition requires that submissions be made entirely of edible ingredients and are featured on Laurel Point’s Facebook page. According to the site, the baker whose gingerbread masterpiece receives the most “Likes” will win a brunch for two at the AURA Waterfront Restaurant, the final count will be taken on January 1st, 2013.

For more deets on the contest, visit Inn at Laurel Point.

In the meantime, a few of our favorites:

Up, up & away we go!


A sandy escape in December.


 Happy Holidays from Chewbacca!


Oh this lil’ thang?


via Inn at Laurel Point