Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fallingwater Gingerbread House

Model Statistics:
•It took over 12 hours to design
•It took Brenton and I around 40 hours to build and decorate
•There are around 164 different pieces of gingerbread
•It took roughly 12 square feet of gingerbread dough (that’s four large batches) to make all the walls, floors and roof
•Over 8 bags of powdered sugar were used to make all the frosting
•It took over 40 sleeves of large Smarties which are used to simulate dry stack stone on the building exterior
•The river and water fall are made up of three batches of hard candy

Best gingerbread house cookie:
2 C light corn syrup
1 1/2 C packed brown sugar
1 1/4 C margarine
1 tsp salt
9 C flower

Melt together the corn syrup, brown sugar, and margarine. Mix till smooth then add in flour and salt.
Bake for 15 to 20 min at 350
*If the pieces get warped throw them in the microwave for 15 seconds and they will flatten out.

Here's a little more on our gingerbread house!
Check out what became of our Falling Water Gingerbread House!
Click HERE to see last years entry...#12 Grimmaulds Place


Stefani said...

I am super-duper, over the top impressed. This takes some serious skills and MAJOR patience. I don't know who this Brenton guys is, but I say he's a keeper.

Martha said...

I like your fake glasses. Also, I see you have a key fob in your pocket. Did you finally get one for your car?

Oh, and I've already told you how much I love this gingerbread house. But I'll say it again.
I love it.

Natalie said...

this is so incredible. you should've taken first place. seriously. candyland was blah. you guys are amazing

Kristen said...

I SERIOUSLY don't know how this is possible--you (and Brenton) are amazing! I'm glad no one decided to smash your piece of art this year : )

Monique said...

I'm so glad you entered the contest again! - This is mesmerizingly amazing!!! How long are they going to be on display?? Dimitriy and I want to go look at them! And where are they?

oh ya, and I have that movie gift card I still need to give you. And what time are you getting ready for HP and driving up? - Maybe we can go together?

Stephanie said...

Wow, I'm speechless! Totally impressive... Wish I could see it in real life, but even the pics are awesome!

Melody said...

Found you via Mrs. Organic. Thought I should tell you this house is AWESOME!

Nice blog too. Fun things going on here.

laura l. sweet said...


I'll be featuring it on my design blog!

Damn impressive.

Unknown said...

this is spectacular! Especially the smarties-stones. gorgeous.

Baffled said...

I'm in awe! This is my favorite piece of architeture and now this is my favorite gingerbread house. Good luck at the contest. Let us know how you do.

Kelsey said...

This is so, SO cool!!! I never would've thought of doing Frank Lloyd Wright in gingerbread form... :)

Julie Fallone said...

This so amazing and I'm so Happy you both look like nice people. It wouldn't be so exciting if you both looked "douchey" (my son's word).

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Unknown said...

Here's a bit a wrote on the true masters of Austria and my attempt to duplicate our 1960's apartment.

You folks are obviously more skilled and patient than I.

Nice work.

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely, positively, the coolest gingerbread house EVER!

Great job!!

Eloy said...

ok awesome.

Cris said...

¡Excelente idea! Felicitaciones desde Argentina. Me encanta la Casa de las Cascadas

Unknown said...

one of my friends shared this link with me b/c this past november I also did falling water for a competition. I live in charlotte, nc and participated in the gingerbread house competition at the grove park inn. this house is very difficult! i like your transformation of the house into candy. hopefully, you can link to my facebook to see my photos

enjoyed your pics, hope to talk more!

bon bon said...

wow, impressive work!! i'm hungry.

found your link via craft magazine. congratulations!

Terrace Crawford said...

Nicely done!


Today By Design said...

Melodie, WELL DONE and entirely deserved FIRST PLACE. Great grandfather, (I'm FLW's great grandaughter and an interior designer) would be proud and looking for royalties! LOL. Your rendition was festive and infinitely more attractive than the "thrown up candied Santa intestines" of your competitor. There is just no accounting for taste. Cheers! Melissa

Deer Antler for Pups said...

How wonderful. My 14 year old and I made a gingerbread house for the first time this year--from scratch--what a lot of work...but we were happy with our "icing covers a multitude of sins gingerbread cottage" When I showed my budding architect your house--he smiled and said, maybe next year (we are from Chicago) : - D.

Chuck Williams said...

That is one Frank Lloyd Wright-eous piece of gingerbread!

Anonymous said...

This is so amazing! This is my favorite house and to see it as a gingerbread house with all the Christmas colors is truly amazing.

Kudos on a job well done!

Sonja said...

I just came across an image of this, and had to click...cause well, I looove dessert, and I'm architecture student haha.
This is super impressive! I love it! :o)

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Anonymous said...

I understand that you put in a lot of work, but any chance you'd share your design?

I'm not looking to enter any contests, and I probably don't have the skills to pull it off, but I know of a co-worker that might.

We have a new HR director, and already she mostly is talking about the gingerbread contest she wants to start in December. And I want to bring something good that will blow people's minds.

Food GPS said...

Pretty amazing. It's hard to imagine anybody recreating this, but I hope you sell some plans considering all the effort you went to.

John (Austin TX) said...


This is how one gingerbreads.

That is all.