Over-the-top Gingerbread Houses

Every holiday season, I attempt a gingerbread house. Last year I even had a high-fallootin’ architectural firm draw up blueprints for me for a creation I baked and attempted to assemble (with one of the architect’s help) for a fundraiser for the local food bank. Every year I have delusions of grandeur, and every year I forget just how hard it is to make a gingerbread house from scratch. To have it stay upright, even, under the weight of all that frosting and candy. And then something like this comes along and puts me to shame.

Gingerbread isn’t just for houses anymore — no, from tiki bars and a recreation of the Henri Bendel store in New York City to an Occupy North Pole protest made entirely out of butter, flour and sugar, anything is possible.

  • Occupy the North Pole 1 of 5
    Occupy the North Pole
    With picketers holding signs that say, "Elves need vacation days too," and "Stop global warming," New York-based Tribeca Treats made it evident that Santa's elves are also frustrated with the economy.
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  • The Eiffel Tower 2 of 5
    The Eiffel Tower
    If you can't make it to Paris this holiday, Julia Navin decided to bring a bit of Paris to you, with this towering replica of the Eiffel Tower for the Asheville, N.C.-based Grove Park Inn gingerbread contest.
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  • The London Bridge 3 of 5
    The London Bridge
    A replica of the London Bridge over the Thames, made by Cake Suite for the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.
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  • Gingerbread Food Truck 4 of 5
    Gingerbread Food Truck
    How's this for irony: an edible gingerbread food truck! The trend takes to the streets, in cookie form.
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  • Fallingwater 5 of 5
    It's been said that Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. Now, how about the artist who recreated the iconic Pennsylvania home in sugar? They should win something, too.
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For festive food ideas, check out Babble’s fun Holiday Cupcakes for Kids!

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