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The Icing Recipe You NEED To Make The Perfect Gingerbread House

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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:


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


  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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Cakeb0t is a blogger that posts lots of great cake decorating techniques and tutorials. I’m a fan of a lot of her stuff, but this technique for decorating sugar cookies has got to be my favorite. By cutting out the designs of these cute lemon faces out of acetate she can decorate each cookie quickly and consistently. This a great trick, especially for decorating professional looking holiday sugar cookies.

Watch this video and see how she does it: