Stacy Molter: Science of Gingerbread
at Discovery Cube LA
There’s a science to building the perfect gingerbread house, and Discovery Cube LA is back with their annual holiday exhibit to help you learn how to build a gingerbread house that can survive the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
HOW TO BUILD A GINGERBREAD HOUSE – THE SCIENCE OF GINGERBREAD AT DISCOVERY CUBE LA
Did you know there is a science behind building the perfect gingerbread house? There is, and Discovery Cube LA is featuring their annual holiday exhibit to teach you the basics of gingerbread house building.
Here are 5 tips on building the perfect gingerbread house we learned from Discovery Cube LA at their ‘The Science of Gingerbread’ exhibit.
Foundation and Support – You need a strong foundation. Before beginning the construction of a gingerbread house, find a solid, sturdy base to build your structure on. Foundations don’t need to be edible, but they should be easy to transport. Great foundations include wood, cardboard, and thick plastic.
Icing – Without a good sturdy icing, the walls will fall. The icing on a gingerbread house is perfect to make the house look like it is covered in snow, but this special combination of powdered sugar and egg whites actually acts like glue, or mortar, holding the pieces of gingerbread together. Every time two pieces of gingerbread are attached using royal icing, it is important to give the ‘glue’ plenty of time two dry before adding another piece.
Walls – Building walls to withstand an earthquake! After mixing your batter, and baking the walls, you may notice the shape and size of each piece has changed slightly. This is because the gingerbread dough expanded during baking. An easy way to remove any extra bulges in your walls is to put your cardboard stencil on top of each baked wall, re-cutting the edges with a pizza cutter. Your walls will once again be straight and will be easy to assemble with icing.
Roof – Patience is the key to the perfect gingerbread house. Building gingerbread houses takes time and patience. Give the royal icing at least a few hours to dry before adding the roof and decorations. This will help the roof stay on top of the house. Adding shingles such as sticks of gum, cereal, chocolate, or even peppermint candies can help the house look more realistic, but be careful not to add too much weight.
Visit Discovery Cube LA today to learn more about the science behind building gingerbread houses.
GET INSPIRED TO BUILD SOMETHING AMAZING!
Get inspired to create something amazing from local families and businesses from throughout Southern California who have entered their prized houses in the annual gingerbread building competition. The gingerbread houses are on display for all to see throughout the event.
Take a look at some of our favorite gingerbread houses currently on display:
You can even find Bailey riding on his Zamboni!
And what’s a science exhibit without The Periodic Table of Ornaments?
We also fell in love with these gorgeous snowflakes around the event! They are simply stunning!
VISIT SANTA AND TRY YOUR HAND AT BUILDING A RACE CAR
In addition to learn how to build the perfect gingerbread house, kids can meet Santa and take a photo with him and decorate cookies on the weekends. Kids can also make a gingerbread race car with supplies from Discovery Cube LA and challenge their family and friends to race down a giant race track reminiscent of a Hot Wheel track.
If you’re not sure what type of race car to build, you can get inspiration from some of the prototypes Discovery Cube LA has on hand.
Let the races begin!
As with every friendly competition though, some will survive and some won’t.
The Science of Gingerbread exhibit runs from November 27, 2015 – January 3, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. You can meet Santa and take your photo with him on November 27-29, December 5-6, December 12-13, December 19-24, 2015 between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM.