Ok here is the deal:
Our karate studio’s holiday party is on Thursday and they are having a gingerbread house building contest with a $250 prize. YEAH. Cash. So I’m going hardcore here wanting it to be good.
I’m going to do it sort of Asian to keep with the Tae Kwon Do theme. Something along the lines of this and this (Yes I know those aren’t specifically Korean, but it’s a frikken gingerbread house, so I’m not gonna bog myself down with total cultural accuracy here.)
I’ll post a diagram in a moment of what I’m planning… but I have some questions.
I am going to do this in cardboard first at home to make sure I know how to assemble it, but I’m not sure the exact dimensions of graham crackers. Are they 2"x8"?
Now for the actual building… they are supplying graham crackers and icing, but we are allowed to bring our own supplies as well. I am not sure what is the best tool to cut graham crackers. A serrated knife? a coping saw? A needle file? I will need to make some decorative edges that have a bit of detail so I need something that isn’t just hack and slash.
Also I may want to bring some of my own icing and applicators. I have these requirements:
I need an icing that is good for gluing and dries fast. This would be for assembling the structural parts. What icing is best for this? I don’t mind making it from scratch. Also, how best to apply?
I need an icing that can make very thin lines that will adhere well even to the underside of something, so it can’t be too dry. I know that there are pre-loaded decorative tubes of icing… would they be good for this? I mostly need to make thin, straight lines.
any other advice? Pitfalls I may not be anticipating, etc? I’ve never done one of these before, believe it or not.
But geez, $250 is a lot of money, and I could really use that!