Over-the-Top Gingerbread Houses
Gallons of icing, pounds of chocolate and countless sheets of gingerbread went into building these 13 inventive and incredibly detailed creations, from a towering homage to an '80s comedy film classic to an entire German-Hawaiian gingerbread village.
Location: The New York Botanical Garden's 2009 Gingerbread Adventures (Bronx, NY)
The mother-daughter duo behind Ardsley, New York's Riviera Bake House took inspiration from daughter Liv Hansen's favorite childhood fairytale to create their 2-foot tall structure. No candy was used to decorate; Liv instead completed detail work using a pipeable, watered-down recipe for gingerbread. She sculpted all of the mice and the Pied Piper from marzipan, and constructed the roof from cereal. The team dedicated five days to the project, using approximately 10 pounds of gingerbread and 2-3 gallons of icing.