So let's get our geek on and make a gingerbread Menger sponge.
Step 1: Menger Sponge
In the next iteration, you look at the smaller subcubes of the original cube and repeat the same process.
in the picture below you can see the same process. With this gingerbread fractal we'll be making a level 2 Menger sponge and using decoration to make it look like a level 3.
Don't worry if that doesn't make sense, we'll move out of math geek territory now.
Step 2: Make Some Gingerbread Dough
7 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups solid vegetable shortening or unsalted butter
1 cup (packed) brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups molasses
Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder.
Beat the shortening or butter at medium speed until it's light and fluffy. Add the brown sugar and beat to blend. Beat in the eggs one by one, and then beat in the molasses. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually stir in the flour mixture.
Divide the dough in thirds, wrap in plastic and chill for 3 hours.
Adapted from this recipe.
Step 3: Roll It!
Step 4: Transfer and Cover
Step 5: Use the Template
Also cut out 24 squares the same size as the large square in the middle of the template.
Cook these for 20-25 minutes at 350F. Let cool on a wire rack.
Step 6: Start With a Small Cube
Step 7: Start the First Side
By the way, this is all being done with a glue gun. It's cheating, but I was never going to eat it anyway.
Step 8: Finish the Four Sides
Step 9: Make a Tunnel
Repeat for the three other sides.
Step 10: Going Up
Check the height. You will probably have to make some cuts on the square to get everything to fit.
Step 11: Success!
Step 12: Add Frosting
- Take 2 egg whites.
- Keep adding powdered sugar and whisking it until it resembles caulk
- Be happy knowing you'll never be eating this
Add it and decorate it the way you want and ta-dah! Enjoy the holiday spirit and revel in your inner geekiness at the same time.