I guess it had to happen at some point. The ginger got me. While I was visiting my friend Gabriel Noble in Boston we put together a gingerbread kit. The Rudolph one. It was the first time for both of us. The kit came with everything that we needed (even a bag of icing) so we were able to just glue the candy on. During my train ride home to NJ I decided that I wanted to try to make one on my own. I started looking for kits to buy on Amazon.
I ended up buying the above mold. I decided that I would probably end up making a house more than once and it was the same price as the kits so it made more sense to buy the mold. I also liked the idea that it would give me textured walls and windows. When I decorated it I found that it did help me to decorate. I think that in the future I will probably be a little more creative. I had never worked with gingerbread so I followed their suggested recipe. I looked up websites but I wasn't sure about how other recipes would work in the mold. The mold also comes with a pastry bag. If you do not have some of your own I suggest that you buy some. I used a couple of different cake decorating tips.
I constructed my gingerbread house on a silver cake board that I thought was pretty. By the time I was finished I had to cover the entire thing in icing because it was all kinds of messed up! Another trick that I did to make my life easier was that I used my cake decorating stand. It's like a Lazy Susan. If you have one of those I suggest using that!
Magical Household Cleaner-- Kakie Murray