Gingerbread Houses for Overachievers: The Modified Disney Castle

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It’s good to be home for the holidays, especially with a sibling that shares my enthusiasm for master gingerbread architecture.

When our mom told us to make a gingerbread house that “looks like the one on the box,” my sister and I naturally scoffed and turned to Pinterest. We can’t just be normal kids and build a gingerbread house; we have to build the greatest damn gingerbread house that ever stood.

Or at least a Pinterest-worthy one.

We came up with the plan to recreate the gingerbread house version of the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, using the humble store-bought kit:



So I drew a blueprint…


…and we got working.


It was an engineering feat, and an artistic masterpiece. Want to know how it’s done? I’ll boil down the secrets:

  • Mix your own colors using food dye. Start with regular white frosting, then create the palett you want by blending until you get the perfect shade. My sister worked to get the light pink just right so it matched Disney’s original.
  • Decorate BEFORE you assemble! Makes the details (and your life) so much easier.

  • Use a hot glue gun. Icing is all fine and good until you’re messing with a castle design.
  • Don’t be afraid to make deep cuts! We carved out an arc for the drawbridge part…the kit obviously didn’t come with a ready-made drawbridge hole, so we improvised.
  • Speaking of improv: bring in other materials if you need them. Toothpicks can make great gates, fences, or, you know…drawbridges…

  • Melt the frosting a bit to make smoother surfaces and easier spreading. We couldn’t have created our Disney-esque snow effects without the help of a microwave.


The entire construction took several hours, mostly because we were attempting to make a Sleeping Beauty Castle from a tiny kit, but it can be done in less time with the right know-how.

Or, if you don’t want to do the castle, make a gas station. Complete with a parking lot. I’ll spare you the sight of that project, but trust me, much less stressful than etching a tiny brick design on a painstakingly mixed shade of pink frosting.

(But the stress is also totally worth it for the Disney magic)


Frosting, candy, and a little bit of pixie dust (hot glue).

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