What you need to a build a medium sized house about 7 cubes deep and 15 cubes long:
• 200-300 white sugar cubes
• toothpicks 10-15 (or pretzel sticks)
• cardboard (thick for a base; thinner for the roof)
• graham crackers
• frosted wheat cereal
• lots of royal icing in a pastry bag fitted with a tip
• sharp knife or scissors
I originally saw this house idea on Martha Stewart and immediately went shopping for sugar cubes. While I would have liked to have use less refined sugar, the white cubes are very uniform making the house easier to make for a first try. Next time I might try rougher brown or raw sugar cubes which might give a more rustic stone-like effect. We bought 300 sugar cubes (3 boxes) and used about 240 for a medium sized house.
We had leftover royal icing from gingerbread house decorating the day before, and we used it for this project (it was already in pastry tubes with a tip). We started with a base of cardboard and a rectangular white doily.
The first row of cubes we iced on both sides and set in a complete rectangle. The second layer we offset as you would using bricks for a house, cutting cubes in half by scoring with a knife and sawing them in half and using them for the second layer corners.
The second layer we left 3 cubes out for the door (requiring that layer 3 we needed half cubes for each side of it).
Layer 4 we left 2.5 cubes out for windows on either side of the door (the doorway ended up with one straight (not offset) stack of cubes on one side. We also left holes for windows on each of the short sides of the house.
After the fourth layer, we straightened the walls and left the house to dry for about 4 hours. The pastry bag tip was wrapped in a wet cloth and put in a covered bowl in the refrigerator.
Four hours later we continued in the same pattern. When the seventh layer was completely down we added 3 toothpicks across each opening for windows and the door as a lintel and covered them with a healthy does of royal icing so they became invisible. (You could also you pretzel sticks for this)
Layer 8 we added immediately on top of the lintels. Then we straightened up the walls again and left the house to dry overnight (or 2-4 hours).
The next morning we added the cardboard roof, using graham crackers to fill in the holes at the end and using alot of icing to get it stick to the house all the way around "under the eaves"
Then we left the house again for a few hours carefully wrapping the pastry bag tip in a damp dishcloth.
The final stage was a big bowl of frosted wheat cereal and lots of icing. I actually slathered icing on with an off-set knife making it easier for Trent to stick the cereal on.
We had some little sugar people left over from a gingerbread house project kit and so we added them at the front door.
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