Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Gingerbread Sleigh Ride!

Today, with the help of Beth - Hungry Happenings and Jill - Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons and their wonderful idea to do a group blog post featuring "Give the Gift of Gingerbread" I am sharing my creation with the world.  And what better way to give gingerbread then have Santa and his Reindeer make the delivery?  When this group project came up, so many visions of Gingerbread danced in my head, then, as soon as this little sleigh ride rode in, I knew it was what I wanted to make. 
Gingerbread Sleigh Ride!
Hoping that it would work, I couldn't wait to get started!  So here's how it began...
I took a trip to the cookie cutter room, found a reindeer, Santa and sleigh cookie cutter, looking for ones that would be almost equal in size. 
I traced around the cutters and drew a little design on paper.
Then I cut out the reindeer, sleigh and Santa.  I made another cut under Santa's arms, so he could be holding them out.  Now, I baked the gingerbread cookies...yum don't you just love the smell of Gingerbread?  Okay, focus... after they were baked, I placed them on parchment paper to begin to decorate.
First I made a belt thingy for the reindeer by cutting a strip of red fondant with a pizza cuter.  Made an impression in the fondant to resemble stitching and measured it on the reindeer cookie.  Then I added the silver bells (Dragees) to the belt and secured it to the reindeer with royal icing.  Next I cut out small white fondant eyes and green holly.  (Sorry, lost my focus and forgot to take pics of that and the sleigh!)  I placed the Santa cookie behind the sleigh, so really it was two cookies, one on top of another.  Added a white fondant strip to the top and a tiny red fondant strip to the bottom for the blade.  Also, added holly to the sleigh.  Santa needed a hat, beard, mustache, eyes and nose.  Just enough to bring him to life.  (All of the tools I used are listed below).  So far so good...next I needed to measure the height for the cookie sticks to make it look like they are flying through the sky.
As you can see, I decided not to bake the cookie sticks in the cookies, I didn't want to take the chance of getting the cookie stick bump, plus I wanted to make sure they were the right height.  Using three small lollipop sticks and one longer cookie stick, I placed the cookies on wax paper making sure they were all at the right slant.  Now, I removed the cookie and piped white candy melts on the top of each stick, then immediately placed the cookie back on the cookie.  After it had hardened, they were ready to go in the cupcakes.  (I added candy melts to the bottom part of the Santa cookie, added the stick and then topped it with the sleigh).
Of course the gingerbread reindeer and sleigh had to be placed in a gingerbread cupcake!  After baking the cupcakes and making maple frosting, they were ready to assemble. 
You may remember the new impression mat I discovered when I made the neon cupcakes?  Anyway, I used the same technique for making these cupcakes, instructions HERE.  You may notice the cupcake papers in the photo are not the ones I used, I found others that I liked better!  I also cut a hole in the top of the white fondant cupcake topper (by using a round decorating tip) for a place to insert the cookie stick.  Whew...that was a lot to focus on, right?  Now is the fun part, getting Santa, his Sleigh and Reindeer ready to fly!
Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night!
 
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36 comments:

  1. Your gingerbread sleigh ride is amazing. I just love how you put it all together with the cupcakes, cookies and all. I hope you served this at your party! Thanks for joining in on the gingerbread fun:)

    Beth @ Hungry Happenings

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    1. Thanks Beth, would you believe I didn't serve these as they didn't fit in with my "GOLD" theme! :)

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  2. Wow, Kim, this is fantastic! Every aspect is great, but I especially love how each reindeer gains more height, for the flying effect...perfect!

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    1. It wasn't too hard to get the flying effect, usually things end up being difficult for me, but not this time! Thanks!

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  3. Adorable Kim! I can imagine my three year old's eyes lighting up after seeing these cuties for dessert! :)

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    1. Thank you Michelle - I'm sure you're little one would enjoy eating the gingerbread flight too! :)

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  4. what the what?!?! flying reindeer with a santa in a sleigh?!?! oh Kim you are SO amazingly creative! those varying heights of sticks make even Martha S. jealous-lol happy to be on this gingerbread ride with you and the other bloggers thanks to Beth and Jill! :>D

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    1. Oh Lisa, you are so sweet - so happy to be on the GB ride with you as well! :)

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  5. Not only did you do gingerbread cookies you did them on top of gingerbread cupcakes. Only the partilologist could do something like that. Amazing again!!! from,twobeautifulgirls

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  6. I love this post! You are so creative!

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  7. You always amaze me...seriously! Thanks for being a part of this!

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    1. Thank YOU for asking me to join along - it was a fun GB ride! :)

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  8. so fun! and they are cupcake toppers too??! love!

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    1. Aww, thanks Michelle - yep, two GB treats in one! :)

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  9. Totally cute and totally delicious!

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  10. Kim I know I don't tell you enough but you are ROCK STAR!
    This is so cute! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you Hani - Merry Christmas to you too! :)

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  11. This gingerbread sleigh ride is adorable! Love your blog, which I just recently found.

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    1. I'm so happy you're here, thanks for the sweet comment!

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  12. So cute ... love the flying reindeer! That discovery of "the fondant impression mat" ... priceless!

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  13. This is so cute! It is just amazing! I love all the detail you put into it! LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Love the flying reindeer & Santa!! Thank you for sharing.

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  15. Your sleigh ride is fantastic, I love all the details! :)

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    1. It's all in the details, right? Thanks Robin!

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  16. loved YOUR Santa, sleigh and reindeer. You have outdone yourself again. Hey sign me up for your giveaway. It is fabulous!!

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    1. Thank you Nann! For the giveaway, you will need to sign in to rafflecopter above - Good luck!

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  17. Nothing more to say except, "I WANT THIS!!!"

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  18. Wonderful post! Would love this package!

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