Make a Cape Cod Gingerbread House

This charming blue Cape Cod-inspired gingerbread house is sure to delight holiday party guests. Plus, it's easy to construct with royal icing and chocolate fondant.

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Gingerbread House Construction

1. Warm candy melts in a heatproof bowl in the microwave at 30-second intervals. Stir well until mixture is melted smooth and no lumps remain.
2. Gather the gingerbread pieces (Image 1). Coat the short sides of a front/back piece with candy melts using a spoon (Image 2). Attach a side piece on either side, butting the short ends against the candy-coated short ends of the front piece. Hold the pieces in place for 2-3 minutes, or use a tall tumbler as a prop (Image 3).
3. Coat the remaining front/back pieces and short ends with candy melt and position between the side pieces on the open end. Let stand until set (Image 4).

4. Coat the under edges of the roof pieces with the melted candy (Image 1) (reheat in the microwave if candy sets) then place them, angled, on top. Hold until set, about 2-3 minutes (Image 2).
5. Place 1 cup royal icing in a bowl and stir in light blue food color until a consistent color is achieved.
6. Cover the front, back and sides of house with icing using a small offset spatula (Image 3). Let dry (Image 4).

7. Roll chocolate fondant between two sheets of wax paper (Image 1). Reuse the roof templates to cut two matching pieces. Make lines in the pieces using the back of a knife, at about 1/2-inch intervals (Image 2). Coat the roof with royal icing (Image 3) and press on the chocolate fondant pieces (Image 4). Use the back of the knife again to create vertical lines for "shingles" (Image 5).

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