St. Bernard Gingerbread Dog House

The Northern California St. Bernard Cluster of 2014 came to town! It’s a weekend full of big beautiful dogs, ending with a dinner and auction, partially to benefit rescue. I was asked by a local breeder & friend if I could donate a gingerbread house to the cause. Since I love all big dogs, how could I say no??? Here is my contribution!
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I used my Gingerbread House Cutter Kit, a fire hydrant cookie cutter and a St. Bernard cookie cutter, all available in my store.  And this is the Gingerbread Recipe I used.

With the gingerbread all baked,  I decided to go for a classic feel.  I wanted the dog house to have white siding, but all the “boards” needed to line up.  I accomplished this by lining all the pieces up and piped royal icing all the way across the pieces using a #124 tip in a continuous bead from left to right.  I then took a sharp knife and cut down in between the house pieces to separate them and get a clean edge on the royal icing.  While the icing was wet, I scraped out the area where the black opening was going to be.

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After the white royal icing crusted up a bit, I flooded the opening with black royal icing.

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I set the pieces aside to dry and started on the roof.  Taking red flood, I outlined the outside edges, and then added lines along the roof to give it some definition.  I let this dry for about 20-30 minutes.

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With this icing set up, I flooded the sections of the roof with icing.  The result was a roof that looked like it had sections on it.

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All the pieces were set aside to dry overnight.  The next project was the St. Bernard dog to whom this house belonged to.  I first flooded in his brown coloring and let it dry for about 20-30 minutes.

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White flood icing came next.  I always make extras in case of boo boos!

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After the cookie dried overnight, I added in detail and the face using black icing color mixed with a little of water applied with a small paint brush.

While all my pieces were drying, I starting working with some fondant.  I made a food bowl with kibble in it, a water bowl, a “relief” barrel and a tennis ball.

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And a random fire hydrant cookie was made during the melay!!!  I forgot to take pictures of how I made it…sorry.  But I used red flood for the caps, and white flood for the rest of the cookie.  After the white icing was dry, I painted on some silver pearl dust mixed with some vodka.

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The next day, everything was dry and ready to go, so it was time to build!  I first prepared my base that the house was going to sit on.  In this project, I glued 6-14″ cake boards together and finished the edges with a dog paw printed ribbon I found on Etsy.  Using royal icing, I assembled the house onto the base.  BTW- notice how the icing “boards” on the front and sides of the house line up???

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I piped icing along each corner joint to finish them off, and for an extra doggy touch, I added mini Milkbone biscuits to the front roof line, and another dog treat is used as a focal point on the front.

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Green grass was put down all over the board, using a large #234 tip.  I used Kelly Green from Wilton….it’s my go-to green that I just love.  I made sure not to go to the edges, because I didn’t want the bag that the house was going into to brush up against it, causing a mess.

While the icing was wet, I added the food bowls, fire hydrant, tennis ball, “relief” barrel and a couple of bones from my Halloween sprinkle drawer.    The dog found his home also!

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Once dry, I placed the dog house into a clear bag and attached a bow to the top.  Thankfully, I had enough left over after using it on the base edges so that it matched.  I used 3 yards total for this project.

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I was a wreck while transporting the house to the event.  I trusted my friend Carl to drive, so I could concentrate on getting ready to pitch a fit if he drove into a rut! :)  The dog house made it in one piece, my nerves not so much!  I heard it was a big hit at the auction, but I’m still waiting to hear how much it went for.  Yay Rescue!

Happy Gingerbreading! – Linda

 

1 Comment on St. Bernard Gingerbread Dog House

  1. Kim
    November 26, 2014 at 10:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Love this project! Such a unique idea for a great cause! I am also loving your whole site! Just getting into gingerbread this year, and am excited about the endless possibilities.

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