This was my biggest gingerbread house project yet.
It all began with paper, pencil, a yard stick, scissors,
and 100 pounds
to make gingerbread doors,
gingerbread chimney and machine parts,
bubbles for the bubble machine
and 142 bare factory parts (walls, floors and roofs).
I made 120 pounds of billowy royal icing
to ice 51 windows
the roof parts
and all the walls.
I used 50 pounds worth of royal icing mortar
to put the house together.
Then I edged every seam like I would a cake.
and attached them to Oompa Loompa bodies
to make 17 Oompa Loompas, each with a unique face.
I built a wooden platform
measuring 4 foot wide x 3.5 feet long.
I created a chocolate waterfall
then iced it.
I gorged on a whole lotta candy while I was at it.
The finished product won 2nd place in the 2010 Gingerbread City Competition and was auctioned off at a foodie gala to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego. Ron Cohn, owner of Henry’s Marketplace in both Eastlake and Chula Vista, was generous enough to buy Wonka in auction.
It remained on display at Henry’s Marketplace in Eastlake and Chula Vista for the holiday season.
To see finished photos of this gingerbread house, go here.
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