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The Icing Recipe You NEED To Make The Perfect Gingerbread House

Photo: Shutterstock//Aleksandra Suzi

Get the scoop on why this recipe makes the best gingerbread house icing.

When it comes to holiday traditions, few are as architecturally complex and hands-on as building a gingerbread house. (Here is our guide for everything gingerbread!) Whether you use a kit or bake the gingerbread from scratch, one of the most important, if not the most important, elements is the icing. Set yourself up for success with the best gingerbread house icing, and you’ll have a masterpiece in no time. Get inspired with this collection of gingerbread houses.

Gingerbread House Icing

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons warm water
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, beat confectioners’ sugar, water, meringue powder and cream of tartar with an electric mixer at low speed.
  2. Beat on high speed for 4-5 minutes or until mixture thickens. You’ll be looking for stiff peaks (check out our guide!) when you lift the beaters from the bowl.
  3. Transfer your icing to a pastry bag with your desired tip for icing.

Storage Tip: Cover any excess icing with a damp paper cloth, and if necessary, beat the icing on high to restore its texture before adding to the piping bag.

Why Does It Work?

This icing recipe, also known as royal icing, makes a great mortar to hold your gingerbread house together. It’s also ideal for making sugar decorations. Historically, royal icing covered fruitcake to keep it moist. Fruitcake is traditionally the wedding cake of English royalty, giving the icing its name. As it dries, it hardens to a candy-like consistency, ensuring your house stays up until after the holidays.

With this icing on hand, along with an array of other building materials, you’ll be ready to create a beautiful and festive centerpiece for your table or host your own gingerbread house decorating party. Happy building!

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Article by Alexa Hackfort for Taste of Home. View the original article here.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Listen To This Metal Song On How To Make A Funfetti Birthday Cake

Remember Linzey Rae, the angel with the demon voice who learned us how to make shepherd’s pie? I’m gonna assume you said yes, but if you said no, HERE is a refresher. Now she’s back with a new metal song on how to make birthday cake. It is a real delight provided you like screaming. Which I do. It’s one of the few joys I have left in this life. Right up there with this scalp massager I got from a kiosk at the mall and bossing around the cats when my mom’s not home.

Written by Brittany High, IncredibleThings

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These Robots Are Able to Perfectly Decorate a Cake [WATCH]

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The Skynet robots in the video flex their cake decorating skills, piping and icing to precision. It starts off simple enough, adding icing to each cake layer to keep the dessert together. Then, it covers the entire cake in one fell swoop, dropping a metallic appendage to coat it in chocolate in less than 3 seconds.

From there, the various robots demonstrate their finer skills. Decorating tips move without the aid of a human in sight, pirouetting over the cake, crafting perfect ridges and even awkward semblances of carrots. And you thought those neon-colored cakes at the grocery store were “hand-crafted,” silly us.

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A Super Simple Guide to Designing Your Wedding Cake, from Top to Bottom [Infographic]

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There’s an infographic for everything these days – choosing a flavor of wine, how to make a pizza, even a periodic table of alcohol and a Thanksgiving etiquette infographic exist. So it should come as no surprise there are infographics on how to help you build your dream wedding cake.

The infographic guides you on choosing a wedding cake, from shape to flavors to design.

You start out basic with the general shape – round, square, heart – and then move on to type and filling where things get a bit more complicated.  From fruitcake to cheesecake to chocolate, the possibilities are endless. The infographic does provides some guidance as to which filling goes best with what you’re doing; for example, if you’re having a summer wedding go with a zingy lemon sorbet. Want to be luxurious? Go for Belgian chocolate.  Next, decorations range from icing and gems to shimmer and piping. Last but not least, cake toppers — an actual photograph of the two of you made out of something edible or the infamous plastic figurines that are meant to look like you and your betrothed. Take your pick.

As Franck in Father of the Bride explains, it’s the cake that more often determines what kind of wedding that you’re going to end up having. So check out the infographic, and choose the cake wisely.

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Picthx Hitched, Pinterest

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Sweets

Munch On Your Favorite Calvin and Hobbes Facial Expressions

Husband always knows best. At least according to redditor hungryhippopotamus, who uploaded his/her cookie art (using, the decorator later explains, the royal icing recipe from Wilton) at the behest of his/her husband. To, apparently, resounding success. Can’t you just hear the quirky yet timeless advice pouring out of these edible masterpieces?

H/T reddit + PicThx The Hungry Hippopotamus

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Recipes

Here’s How to Make Christmas-Themed Red Velvet Cookies

Today’s cookies are easy-to-make and festive.  Boxed cake mix as a shortcut ingredient is key and the rest is easy as pie… er… cookie.

To make these more festive, you could color your topping green or put Christmas-themed sprinkles on them.  Or you could make cute little Christmas Cookie Pops (similar to Shannon’s “caramel apples”… but maybe call them “ornaments’ or “holly berries” or something Christmas-y instead).

Oh, and did I mention that I made a cream-cheese-stuffed version?  I didn’t have the patience to freeze my cream cheese so it ended up kinda weaving itself through the cookie, which was actually rather delightful.

 

Red Velvet Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Vanilla candy coating (optional)

If you want to add cream cheese filling

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • tiny pinch salt (super tiny, MAYBE 1/8 teaspoon)
Directions

1.  In a large bowl mix cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil with an electric mixer until smooth.  (It gave my mixer quite a workout).  Oh, and wear your apron unless you always wanted that shirt to have pink polka-dots anyway.

2.  Dump into dough-mound onto plastic wrap.  Wrap and chill 2 hours.

Once chilled, scoop into 1-inch balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheet.*

*Alternatively, you could scoop immediately and then cover with plastic wrap and chill 30 minutes to an hour. 

3.  When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350F degrees for 8 – 10 minutes until baked through.   Let cool on baking sheet.

4.  Drizzle with melted candy coating in a haphazard manner.  Add decorative sprinkles before the coating dries, if desired.

If you want to add the cream cheese… 

1.  Whip cream cheese, vanilla, salt, and powdered sugar until blended.  Cover and freeze until firm, about two hours.

Once frozen, scoop into 1/2 teaspoon-sized balls.

When ready to form your cookies…

1.  Working in batches (so some can stay chilled in the fridge), flatten one of your cookie-dough balls until it is about 2-inches in diameter.

2.  Place cream cheese ball in the middle and pinch dough closed around it.  Roll until smooth and return to refrigerator for 15 minutes.

3.  Bake at 350F degrees for 11 – 13 minutes until done.

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Cravings Sweets

Chocolate Chip Sweet Roll with Peanut Butter Icing

I woke up this morning craving a sweet roll! Unfortunately, our household doesn’t believe in sugary confections for morning meals so I had to settle for a bowl of oatmeal. I did however find this crazy Chocolate Chip Sweet Roll with Peanut Butter Icing that I’m dying to try. This bad boy is infused with chocolate chips and has a layer of peanut butter frosting.  I would literally do anything for one of these warm rolls with a scoop of ice cream or a cup of hot chocolate. As Rachel Ray would say, “Yum-o”. Don’t say that though.  (Thx MissInTheKitchen)

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Cravings Sweets

Candy Mountain Casserole

The best types of desserts usually come 11 layers deep. This particular casserole jump-off features 11 layers of Pop Tarts, pretzels, chocolate, gingersnaps (say whaaaattt), peanut butter (double say whatttttt), icing and mini jawbreakers to keep this dish rough around the edges. Dessert just got serrrrious, and we didn’t even need bacon to do it! (Thx TIWYF)