We built a (kinda weird) gingerbread Hogwarts

Gingerbread Hogwarts

Gingerbread Hogwarts

A few weeks ago, Tom tasked me with creating a gingerbread Hogwarts. We roped our friends in and ended up with a slightly (ok, very) weird gingerbread Hogwarts.

It’s fair to say we had delusions of grandeur because it was so much harder than expected, and we had to scale down quite a bit. Nevertheless, it was so much fun and we all laughed so hard.

Making gingerbread

Building a gingerbread house

Tom turned out to be some kind of gingerbread castle building wizard. He drew up some brilliant plans, and the rest of us made the dough and cut it out. Well, I say the ‘rest of us’, one of my friends is an excellent ‘supervisor’.

Getting the castle to stick together was pretty hard. None of us had ever built any kind of gingerbread structure, so we went into it thinking it would be easy. We were wrong. Getting the icing consistency right was hard enough. And in hindsight, we probably should have tried to level the pieces before sticking them together, but you live and learn, right?

Gingerbread Hogwarts

In the end, we ended up with a couple of braces. My friends Dad works in engineering and he just laughed as soon as he saw it. He also questioned if one of the braces was a lean to, so we tried to disguise it as a broom shed.

By far the hardest part was trying to figure out how to make the towers for the turrets. In the end, we stacked a few ice cream cones together, and covered them in gingerbread.

Gingerbread Hogwarts

Gingerbread Hogwarts

Once we’d managed to get the castle to stick together without dropping apart as soon as someone breathed near it, we began to decorate it. And that’s when things got ridiculous. I should have seen it coming, I should have known.

Gingerbread Hogwarts

The Supervisor got very carried away with the icing and silver balls. (Just look at the snowmen…or maybe not.) The rest of us are mega Harry Potter fans, so we asked what he was doing covering all of the ‘roof tiles’ with silver balls. He claimed they were solar panels.

Gingerbread Hogwarts

It took us 8 hours in total, and we all laughed so much it hurt. We’ve decided that in 2016, we’re going to attempt to make a Hobbit House. The Supervisor can handle the grass, I don’t think it’s possible to go overboard with grass on a Hobbit House.

Have you ever made any kind of gingerbread construction?

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  • Sarah Albertson

    It’s so cute!! I haven’t built a gingerbread house in ages!

    • Do it! I think I’m going to make a normal-sized gingerbread house over the next couple of days.

  • That sounds like SO MUCH FUN! It looks so cute. Great team effort too! 🙂
    I love how the turrets look like the Sorting Hat.

    • They do! That’s what one of my friends said. They actually decorated one like a strange psychedelic sorting hat too.

  • That sounds like SO MUCH FUN! It looks so cute. Great team effort too! 🙂
    I love how the turrets look like the Sorting Hat.

  • This looks like amazing fun! I can’t believe how long it took.

    • It was so much fun. To be fair, it wouldn’t haven taken quite as long if we hadn’t had to reconstruct it after the roof fell in and if we weren’t laughing quite as much.

  • Oh man this is amazing! It looks so sickly but in the best possible way 🙂

    • It wasn’t that sickly at all; though maybe I didn’t get the pieces with the most icing on them. The gingerbread was really delicious.

  • Jennifer K

    This is absolutely incredible!! I failed at building a pre-made Ikea flat pack gingerbread house, so this is just mindblowing!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • I think gingerbread structures look super easy, but they’ve actually very deceptive and quite tricky to make.

  • Holy moley! Eight hours is a long time, but I think it paid off. This is a pretty awesome Hogwarts creation.

    • It was a long time, but it was so much fun. To be fair, we did take a break to eat pizza six hours in too.

  • Taylor

    I couldn’t stop laughing to myself while I read this post! You guys made a valiant effort in creating a difficult masterpiece. And, I think you guys succeeded! Such a good idea to create the turrets with gingerbread covered ice cream cones!

    I have a new blog, https://anyways2015.wordpress.com/ , I would love to hear from you!

    – Taylor

    • Taylor! I’m so glad you’re back blogging again, I’ll check your blog out now.
      Thank you 😀 it was a lot of fun.

  • Haha this is brilliant! Great effort though, I love it. My mum and I quickly discovered that just piping icing was difficult, never mind building a house :’)

    • It is really difficult isn’t it? I saw something on Pinterest where you ice it when it’s flat before you put it together, that would definitely make it much easier. I don’t know why we didn’t do that when we made this – we didn’t even think about it.

  • This is brilliant! It turned out really good. I have only made a gingerbread house two times in my life, and they were store bought ready-made gingerbread house kits… so they weren’t very creative. I need to make my own gingerbread for this next holiday season. 😛

    • I think everyone makes gingerbread look way easier than it is! I now get why you can buy ready made kits; would be so much easier.