Ho ho hello there my dear readers. We celebrate Christmas in our family and it’s only 2 days away. The kiddo has been asking for a gingerbread house all month long and this Monday was his first day home on Christmas break, so we set to it on making the best gingerbread creation we could. I’ve recently introduced him to the goodness that is Super Mario Bros and as he very accurately noticed, the castles at the end of each level look a lot like gingerbread…and thus began our adventure of creating our very own Super Mario gingerbread castle.
Super Mario Gingerbread Castle
Although I’m not the best at baking, I really like to do it when I’m feeling inspired. With that said, I’ve actually never made my own gingerbread house before. I’ve always purchased those Wilton kits and did my best to make them look pretty. This was a whole new ballgame for me, but I was ready to give it a try. I found a recipe from King Arthur Flour for both the construction gingerbread and the royal icing.
While the gingerbread was cooling, I decided it would be best to cut out templates for my castle. I measured it out how I wanted it, drew it onto paper, and then used that as a stencil over my gingerbread when cutting it out. That definitely made this process easier than free-handing it. The gingerbread came out pretty close to perfect when I pulled it out of the oven and I now have an obsession with royal icing. It’s honestly ridiculously fun to use because it ends up looking so pretty and not sloppy like when I use regular icing.
Assembly was relatively easy since it was the 4 walls plus the roof twice. Piping on the little bricks took a very steady hand and then I let my 5 year old decorate. He’s a bit of a perfectionist and symmetry is very important to him, so he very meticulously placed each and every piece of candy. I added on the M&M’s along the bottom because that was too time consuming for him. My favorite part of the entire creation is the little flag pole. I was so worried it would stand, but it did! Huzzah! We also figured we couldn’t have a Super Mario gingerbread castle without a little tube, so we put green icing on a ice cream cone. We quickly made a Perler bead Mario Santa and our masterpiece was complete.
The other cool part about this gingerbread castle is I got to enter it into the Geeky Gingerbread Competition that Rosa at Gingerbread Sagas was hosting. I was actually really nervous to enter because her creations are the coolest things I’ve ever seen, but I was brave and submitted my Super Mario Gingerbread castle to her. Make sure to check her blog to see the other entries and the winners whenever she announces them – fingers crossed 🙂
I hope everyone has a geeky and magical holiday!
Side note: I want to apologize for my almost 3 month absence here on the blog. I’m in the middle of infertility struggles/treatments and it’s really taken up a lot of my free time between endless doctor appointments and just feeling not like myself on all of the different medications. While that unfortunately means my little corner of the Internet has been awfully quiet, I’m hoping it all pays off eventually with another nerdy kiddo in our family.