If ever a baked good was meant to be played with, it has to be gingerbread.
So, since it's that time of year again, let's take a look at some gorgeous gingerbread creations to get us all inspired and googly-eyed and stuff.
Of course, we HAVE to start with traditional gingerbread men, right?
Hee! Love it.
Ok, we WILL start with a traditional gingerbread house, though:
Is that porch light a jelly bean? GENIUS.
Hey, ever see a birthday gingerbread house?
You have now! (And now I want one. So. Cute.)
We just saw some of Nevie Pie's fabulous painted cakes last week, but she also does fanTAStic painted gingerbread houses:
Do you see the tiny little mushrooms on the center roof? Do you?
And did you squeal like a little girl over those teensy painted blue flowers? Did you?
Ok, good. Just checking.
I'm pretty sure this is my all-time favorite traditional gingerbread house:
Check out the oh-so-intricate piping under the windows! And the cookie assortment on the roof! (I want to grab off the mini chocolate bundt cake. Mmm.) Oooh, and the ice cream cone fence! It's just all so, so good.
Less traditional, but how can you not love all these pretty swirls?
Yay, whimsy! And the snow drift by the door is so clever.
Ah, but perhaps you're like me, and not really wild for the taste of gingerbread. (Just me?) In that case, how about this so-cute-you-will-melt-into-a-small-puddle sugar cookie house:
Also by sassybeautimus
Between the pastel rainbow roof trim, the pink woodgrain door, and that sparkly sugar roof I am now a limbless heap of cooing girliness. DO WANT MUCHLY.
Seriously, I'm not sure I could possibly be more excited about anything in today's....hang on.
Submitted by Margaret B.; made by Ann Zeleny
It's a companion cube made of gingerbread! AAIEEE!!
Sorry - I promise that won't happen again.
Well, unless someone made something like the Burrow from Harry Potter out of gingerbread - but really, what are the odds of THAT ever...hang on.
Oh. My. Potter.
How is that thing even standing? What architectural genius is this?
Hit the links above for more detail shots; Michelle even made Molly Weasley's famous homemade sweaters to hang on a clothes line!
And now, more cute:
As a button, you might say.
I have no idea how, but this next one even lights up:
I want to ask where the wires are, but I feel like it might spoil the magic if I knew.
If there are little gingerbread houses in heaven, then I'm pretty sure they look like this:
Am I right? It's just...heavenly.
Ooh, and here's the cherry on top:
Also by De Koekenbakkers
Btw, I never knew how much I wanted a lollipop tree until just now.
Ah, and speaking of trees...
By Gigi M.
Gives a whole new twist to "peppermint bark," doesn't it? :D
Now, I *think* these trees are made from stacked cookies, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, Gigi.
And finally, let's go out with a jaw-dropping gingerbread house bang:
Submitted by Lisa M. Spotted at Circlefest at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens; baker unknown.
Hope you enjoyed today's Sweets, guys! And remember, if you have a Sweet to nominate, just send it to Sunday Sweets [at] Cake Wrecks [dot] com.
P.S. Have you checked out my new book Wreck the Halls yet? It's less than $10 over on Amazon, and makes a perfect stocking stuffer/hostess gift/generic present for that person you have to buy for but don't really know all that well or don't want to spend much money on.
Wait. I mean for that person you love dearly and would spare no expense on. Uh, yeah. [winkwinksecretfistbump]