Je Rêve d’un Noël Parisien | Gingerbread Eiffel Tower

Je Rêve d’un Noël Parisien | Gingerbread Eiffel Tower

If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I love baking. I especially love making baked treats for special occasions, and last Christmas I made a gingerbread house for the first time ever. I was really pleased with how it turned out, and I had a lot of fun making and decorating it with my friends, and then smashing it to pieces at the Christmas party that we threw in our university flat!

Last year’s creation was great, but this year I really wanted to challenge myself, so inspired by my love for Paris, I decided to make an edible version of arguably one of, if not the most famous structure in the world: the Eiffel Tower.

To make it, I first looked it up on Google to see if anyone had done it before, and after seeing a few rather precarious renditions of the famous lady (including one which was baked on a homemade ‘baking slope’), I came across a post by 100 Days of Evelyn, where she outlines everything that she did to make her beautiful tower. Using this template, this gingerbread recipe (without the bicarb of soda), and this recipe for the icing, I baked the gingerbread off, piped the details (my poor, poor right hand ached like crazy afterwards!) and then constructed the tower, using the same royal icing as glue, in three stages, allowing each layer to dry and harden before adding the next layer on top.

It was pretty straightforward, and while it looks very impressive it was relatively simple to make! You just have to be careful with the shape of the tall tower pieces, because mine are a little bit curved which means it leans to one side (cleverly hidden by the right camera angle).

This is the perfect centrepiece for a decadent Christmas table, and would look perfect with a candle or some Christmas lights bundled underneath. The only thing I need to know now, is how can I make it sparkle like the real thing?!

What’s the most impressive thing you’ve constructed out of food? Tweet me your creations!

Read the rest of my Blogmas 2016 posts here!

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