Gallery: Melodie Dearden Creates a Perfect Gingerbread Replica of Frank...


We had to share this ambitious gingerbread masterpiece replicating in small scale Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Fallingwater, created by culinary artist Melodie Dearden. On Dearden’s Garden Melodies blog, she shares the painstaking process of building such an intricate model from baked gingerbread sheets and quite a lot of frosting. For those not familiar with Fallingwater, it was built in the late 1930s in Western Pennsylvania, and it is famous for its cantilevered structures that peer, somewhat treacherously, over a waterfall. This home is a complicated plan that appears to float above the water, making it that much more challenging to recreate with only sugar to hold your building together! Read on to see how Melodie pulled it off.

Over a cardboard base that replicates the natural landscape, the 164 pieces of gingerbread are carefully assembled. Forty sleeves of smarties candies are used to mimic the exterior stone from Wright’s building. Intricate details are added like interior staircases. Each cantilevered terrace is then added on top.

A custom recipe for the candy “water” is poured into the areas that have been trimmed out in tin foil. The remainder of the landscape is built up with frosting!

Melodie’s final model has incredible detail with icicles dangling on all of the overhangs. It makes perfect sense that she would be a natural at creating architectural gingerbread greatness, as she studied Landscape Management and Culinary Arts. Kudos to Melodie and thanks for showing how this edible homage to the master of Prairie Style architecture was made.

+ Garden Melodies


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  1. The Gordon House January 31, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    We are doing our first annual Gingerbread House Competition at the Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, there is room for houses for everyone, watch the website for details :)

  2. Amy Reeder January 1, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Fabulous! I just love this.

  3. Alex Cross December 11, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Fantastic! This is my kind of gingerbread house!

  4. Doug Springer December 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm


  5. Lea Stewart December 11, 2012 at 1:22 am

    @avril.matthews thanks for sharing the Gingerbread Showcase. Those are awesome, especially the “UP” House! All of these edible models blow me away. I heart gingerbread architecture season :)

  6. Margaret Estes December 7, 2012 at 8:25 am

    This is so incredible! Kudos to you! Love it!

  7. Catherine Laval December 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Just adorable! Do you already know the brand BRABBU?

  8. avril.matthews December 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    This is incredible! Melodie Dearden needs to particpate in Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase. On right now, in fact one of our guests flagged your post to us. All the photos of this years creations can be found here

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