Every couple years I embark on a dramatic gingerbread-making project, mostly as an excuse to try a new technique I’ve come across. A purchase of new piping tips and silicone baking mat meant this was going to be one of those years; and with a new book release on the eve of a South African summer, it seemed fitting to turn Norbert’s haphazard surf shack into this year’s Christmas gingerbread. I piped most of the decorations on the new silicone mat and let them dry before ‘gluing’ them in place with more royal icing. Pre-piping and drying royal icing pieces was especially nice for making three-dimensional parts, like the palm tree.
Feel free to grab your surfboards and swim gear and follow along. Templates of the house and icing pieces were drawn beforehand, though you could probably wing it if you wanted (it’s not like his shack is the crowning glory of architecture).