The confection crafting queen has created her next edible masterpiece! Artist Christine McConnell, who recently created this spooky and incredibly detailed gingerbread house in honor of the film release of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, made this festive gingerbread castle for Food.com. This is one case where the final product is truly too pretty to eat, which is a shame, since everything (but the lights) is fit for consumption. In addition to the house itself, McConnell also used her delicious ingenuity to fashion decadent holiday details that highlight her sense of humor as well as her impeccable skill.
McConnell is clearly always up for a confectionery challenge, and it’s a good thing she’s so dedicated: McConnell worked on the gingerbread castle for 10-15 hours every day for a month! As with the Miss Peregrine project, McConnell first made cardboard templates for the castle then used gingerbread for the final masterpiece. The castle doesn’t rely on any type of structural support, which makes this culinary achievement even more impressive.
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We could spend hours examining the intricacies of this staggering, multilayered creation and its accessories, from the tiny sugar cookie guillotine to painstakingly crafted and decorated trees, ornaments, and wreaths. McConnell made presents out of fudge, candy inlaid glass windows, and a gorgeous shortbread Christmas tree among all the edible splendor. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can head over to Food.com for some of McConnell’s recipes and instructions… or you can just be amazed at this gingerbread castle and all the creative and hands-on effort that went into building it.
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