Making a geek gingerbread house is the perfect way for a mega fan to celebrate Christmas. I may be a geek, but unfortunately, my kitchen skills are in the negatives.
Where I live, we’re very lucky to be treated to a different gingerbread village, every year, at a local architect’s office. RLPS Architects holds a contest for its employees every holiday season to see who can make the most creative, but accurate, gingerbread building. This year their theme is Sweetscape. One year the theme was Frozen, and it was magnificent. No matter what their gingerbread display theme is, you can usually find a hint of geek somewhere in it.
A friend of mine recently sent me a picture of an amazing geek gingerbread house, and it got me wandering around the internet, looking for more. It turns out that there are plenty of talented fans out there making some awesome geek gingerbread houses.
Here’s the gingerbread house that kicked off my search. This gingerbread Hogwarts includes some turrets, a big clock and the viaduct. This isn’t the front entrance or courtyard, but it’s still an iconic view of Hogwarts. I only wish there were a little Harry, Ron and Hermione racing across the bridge.
The house where the Weasleys live, known as The Burrow, is one of the sweetest locations in the wizarding world of Harry Potter, so it’s only fitting that it should be made of gingerbread. Like the real Burrow, this one looks a bit topsy-turvy.
This next geek gingerbread house isn’t an exact replica. When I searched for Hogsmeade in gingerbread, I was hoping for snow-topped roofs and decorate storefronts. This is as close as I could find, that wasn’t too tiny to share. They get points for naming (most of) their shops correctly.
Star Wars has many, many locations throughout its galaxy of which to make a gingerbread replica, like the cantina, the Death Star, Endor or Jabba’s palace. Making a gingerbread version of a vehicle, however, takes extra special skills. This picture of an AT-AT from Empire Strikes Back is impressive.
Of course, the most famous spaceship in the Star Wars movies is the Millenium Falcon. Whoever made this gingerbread model went all out, with plenty of white icing, a buttercream Chewbacca, and… is Han riding a gondola?
This Millenium Falcon is lacking the proper colors, but I love that it’s being chased by TIE Fighters.
Few Disney movies have inspired obsession more than The Nightmare Before Christmas. The combination of Halloween and Christmas makes for some creepy holiday images. Tim Burton is famous, of course, for his brand of ghoulishness. This gingerbread replica of a famous tableau from The Nightmare Before Christmas is much sweeter.
This castle is probably the second most recognized castle in the world. (The first is probably Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany.) Cinderella’s Castle greets everyone who visits Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It’s also the castle that’s shown in the opening credits of Disney movies, and all those YouTube videos of the park’s nighttime fireworks. This gingerbread version isn’t as beautiful as the real thing, but it’s huge and nicely put together.
Eye of Sauron
Someone’s always watching you, am I right? If it isn’t Santa watching while you sleep, it’s Sauron shining his evil eye on your fellowship. This astounding geek gingerbread house from The Lord of the Rings looks like it took longer to make than a walk to Mordor.
Poor Bilbo. He may have been the very first introvert ever recorded, since the time of the Elves happened long ago. All he wanted was to be left alone. If someone came upon Bag End in gingerbread, like it is here, however, he would have more company than he could handle. They would be champing away! Sprinkle Bakes has a helpful tutorial, pictures and all, on how to make your own gingerbread Hobbit hole.
This gingerbread version of King’s Landing from Game of Thrones has an amazing amount of detail. You can almost see the poor souls who live in those tiny houses begging Cersei for their lives.
This gingerbread version of Moe’s Tavern on The Simpsons isn’t an architectural masterpiece, but it gets points because, who would think to make a gingerbread house of Moe’s? Actually, it’s a genius way of doing it, because it’s rectangular and you would just need the right candies for decorating.
If you have mad baking skills, you should try your hand at making a geek gingerbread house. Rosanna Pansino, of Nerdy Nummies (one of my favorite YouTube channels) has a bunch of videos starring gingerbread. Watch her Wilton video with general tips and tricks for making gingerbread houses, or watch her make a Tardis gingerbread house, or gingerbread Wookie cookies.
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