The Worlds Most Elaborate Gingerbread House Took 500 Hours To Build

Dated: December 4 2016

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It's inspired by the decadent neo-Renaissance Waddesdon Manor, in England

MARISSA G. MULLER from an article on architectural

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The gingerbread houses you built as a kid likely consisted of four walls and a roof, gluelike icing, and a few handfuls of candy for decoration. But in the social-media era, not even gingerbread houses are safe from the persuasive powers of curation and presentation. What used to be known for homemade charm has now become a bona fide Instagram palace—at least at the hands of London cookie company Biscuiteer, which devised what might be the world's most elaborate gingerbread house. Actually, it's more of a gingerbread manor. 

The creation, which took a whopping 500 hours to build, was inspired by the real-life Waddesdon Manor, a neo-Renaissance estate in the English countryside that's known for its decadence. The cookie version is just as beautifully detailed as its brick-and-mortar counterpart, too. Standing six feet tall, the house consists of five rooms filled with the kind of decor Louis XIV would approve of. There are floor-to-ceiling icing reproductions of fine art; grand fireplace mantels; gold-dipped clocks, candelabra, and furniture; and ornate rugs. Even the bedding is painstakingly drawn in gilded patterns. The house is so detailed that it might even look familiar to fans of Downton Abbey, since the original Waddesdon Manor has been featured on the show.

Of course, constructing this laborious creation didn't come cheap—it required 240 eggs, 66 pounds of butter and sugar, and 480 pounds of icing, according to House Beautiful, and took 15 months to make.

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