Gingerbread Apartment Building (Vegan)

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Creating gingerbread house is our annual family activity, where even my 4 yo son would participate :) This year was our 3rd year of making vegan gingerbread "house". Here I am sharing you the recipes for vegan gingerbread cookies, royal icing, frozen lake and trees.

The recipe I use for the apartment is not just great for building-making, but also delish to consume.

This year we decided to make an apartment building instead regular style of house.

To see our previous gingerbread houses (from Halloween to villages to a doll house) which are uploaded here on Instructables as well, please click here, here, here, and here.

Step 1: Gingerbread Cookies

  • 2 flax eggs
  • 3 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 c molasses (divide)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp allspice powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp BSoda
  • A pinch of salt (The spices is depending how strong of flavor you'd like your cookies to be. You may add clove and nutmeg too)
  • 1/2 c brown sugar (light or dark will result in lighter or darker cookies)
  • 8 tbsp shortening

Instruction:

  • Mix dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Cream shortening and brown sugar in a separate bowl
  • Beat in 1/4 c molasses
  • Add in dry mixture a little at a time
  • Beat in the rest of the molasses
  • Roll flat and cut as you like (either with cookie cutter or template)
  • Bake on preheated 350 F for 12-14 mins (10 for softer, if not for making gingerbread house)
  • Cool on rack completely before decorating.

Step 2: Royal Icing

  • 1 can of aquafaba (from 540 ml canned chickpeas, aquafaba is the water)
  • 7 c of icing sugar (for runny consistency), 9 c for thicker (piping)

Instruction:

  • Beat aquafaba until frothy, then beat in icing sugar 1 c at a time, until desired thickness is reached

Step 3: Frozen Lake (Hard Candy)

  • 1/2 c water
  • 3/4 c clear corn syrup
  • 1 3/4 sugar

Instruction:

  • Bring to boil until candy thermometer shows 153 Celsius
  • Take off from heat, drop in food coloring, stir, then pour on to a mold (made it with aluminum foil, just shape it round, spray with vegetable oil spray)

Step 4: Edible Trees

  • 2 tbsp vegan margarine
  • 250 g vegan marshmallow
  • 3 c Rice Krispies

Instruction:

  • Melt margarine, stir in marshmallow and cook on medium-high until melted
  • Stir in Rice Krispies, take off from heat
  • Mold/roll and cut

Step 5: Apartment-Building

  • Once your cookies are at room temperature, start decorating as you wish, with whatever medium you like, such as the royal icing, or modeling chocolate, etc.
  • Let decorated cookies rest overnight or one whole day for best result, then start building
  • Pipe royal icing on cake board as glue, and with the help of a couple of bottles/jars, to help the walls and whatnot, stand straight. Allow resting time each time you attach something, so it would be strong enough to work on next wall, etc.
  • You can use runny consistency of royal icing as your snow, but I added desiccated coconut as well, the smell will be wonderful big time, gingery and coconuty :)
  • I also used vegan friend sprinkles as well as edible marker for drawing.

Step 6: Thanks for Looking :)

I placed the cake board on a Lazy Susan for easy viewing of the whole sides of the walls and whatnot :)

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    jessyratfink

    17 days ago

    Wowwwwwwwww this is so detailed! I love seeing your gingerbread houses :D

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