The Fresno building
Oh boy, I get these crazy ideas of what to do to "impress" the boss. So this year I decided that I would make a replica of the building I work in out of gingerbread. The construction process went ok accept that my fiance (who is a contractor) could NOT understand why the windows were not perfectly squared when they were pulled from the oven. I tried to explain that gingerbread is not wood so in spite of his perfect scale drawing, the windows were not going to be exact.
He failed to see the "fun" in it.
Anyhow, the biggest challenge was the large window sections which we had to make individual molds to make. I melted a ton of jolly rancher candies and poured into the molds. There was a LOT of cussing going on as there were many times when the candy windows cracked as they were being removed from the molds. This meant, more melting, another setting up of the mold and pour and wait for it to harden. Next time, I'll try to figure out a way to make a full mold rather than sections if I need a large window again. Then again, getting it out of the mold also is a PAIN!
All the gingerbread and frosting was made from scratch but it's not really an "edible" recipe. It smells fantastic but it dries into a hard cookie to construct with so it's more like ginger-brick.
The frosting was made with Wilton's recipe for Royal Icing. No real eggs, just meringue powder,water,and powdered sugar.