Gingerclay

Gingerclay Gingerbread House Sculpting Recipe

Gingerclay is an edible sculpting medium used in gingerbread house craft. It was first invented in 2008 by champion gingerbread architect, Pat Ashley Howard. Scroll down to see some of the patterns and designs she achieved using this clever medium.

Gingerclay Ingredients & Steps

Gingerclay is made by pulverizing baked gingerbread cookie pieces into a fine powder (an excellent way to re-purpose scraps). The cookie dust is then mixed with a small amount of gum arabic powder, which acts as a binder and strengthener. Just enough water is added to hydrate the dough until the desired consistency is achieved. Gingerclay does not need to be baked. Air-drying it is the best way to preserve the shapes and details. When more elasticity is desired, it may be combined with gumpaste.

Award-Winning Gingerbread Houses Decorated with Gingerclay

Gingerbread Hobbit House

Gingerbread Hobbit House

Pat Ashley Howard used gingerclay to accomplish the textured walls on this award-winning hobbit gingerbread house.

Gingerbread House in a Fabergé Egg

Faberge Egg Gingerbread House

Pat Ashley Howard used gingerclay to achieve the curved shape of this award-winning fabergé egg gingerbread house.

Gingerbread House in a Boot

Gingerbread Boot House

Pat Ashley Howard used gingerclay to sculpt the 3D boot shape of this Grand Prize award-winning gingerbread shoe house.

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