HO/Courtesy Elizabeth Hodes Custom Cakes and Sugar Art
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    Nothing quite spells Christmas like a gingerbread house. Here we've gathered some of the most ornate and creative houses out there, starting with one from Elizabeth Hodes Custom Cakes and Sugar Art. This gingerbread house was done in a Greek revival style. It includes white chocolate Corinthian capitals and urns, royal icing wreaths and angel topiaries, cast sugar windows and balustrades, arched porch with checkered floor.<p> <p> <a href="www.elizabethhodes.com" target="external">Click here to check out her other confections.</a>
    HO/Courtesy Elizabeth Hodes Custom Cakes and Sugar Art
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    The inspiration behind this creation was New York's Rockefeller Center. The lighting of the great fir tree at Rockefeller signals the official start of the New York Christmas season. Here chef Toni Lynn Dickinson replicates not only the tree but all the surrounding buildings, the ice famous skating rink and sculptures.<p> <p> Chef Toni Lynn Dickinson is a Senior Coordinator in the Pastry Arts with The French Culinary Institute. <a href="http://www.frenchculinary.com/">Click here to find out more about available programs </a>
    HO/Courtesy Toni Lynn Dickinson
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    In this epic gingerbread house chef Toni Lynn Dickinson drew inspiration from the Eiffel Tower. It includes five levels, holiday decorations and a few small trees.<p> <p> Chef Toni Lynn Dickinson is a Senior Coordinator in the Pastry Arts with The French Culinary Institute. <a href="http://www.frenchculinary.com/">Click here to find out more about available programs</a>
    HO/Courtesy Toni Lynn Dickinson
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    Lauri Ditunno of Cake Alchemy re-created the classic holiday story "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The house consists of several pink gingerbread "whoville" houses. Little Who stands in a circle and sings, giving off the big light. The Grinch and Max, made of sugar, stand atop a gingerbread cave, looking down on Whoville.<p> <p> <a href="www.cakealchemy.com">Check out more of Lauri's designs here</a>
    HO/Courtesy Lauri Ditunno
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    Ella are Neil Levinson the creative force behind Classic Cakes and Confections. The past two years, they've won first place in the Miracle on 24th Street Gingerbread competition at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, which benefits Phoenix Children's Hospital.<p> <p> The theme of the 2009 competition was to re-create a historic house from the Phoenix area. They reproduced the Victorian Rosson house built in 1895. <a href="http://www.rossonhousemuseum.org/" target="external">To see the original click here</a><p> <p> <a href="http://www.classiccakesandconfections.com/" target="external">To see more of Ella and Neil's creations click here</a>
    Ho/Courtesy Ella and Neil Levinson
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    For the 2010 competition, the task was to re-create an iconic movie home. Ella and Neil Levinson of Classic Cakes and Confections replicated the house from the movie "Up." More than 2,000 handmade sugar balloons adorned this gingerbread house.<p> <p> <a href="http://www.classiccakesandconfections.com/" target="external">To see more of Ella and Neil's creations click here</a>
    Ho/Courtesy Ella and Neil Levinson
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    Working from the theme "vacation" for the Bronx Botanical Garden Gingerbread Display 2010 Liv Hansen created this house. Coming up with the idea proved a little tricky. Creator Liv Hansen said that "after eliminating idea after idea -- tropical beach scene (where is the gingerbread there – a palm tree?), the almost expected Swiss chalet, a Roman holiday (the Coliseum), a Parisian getaway (the Arc de Triomphe or Eiffel Tower) -- I settled on the vacation of the future. I made a rocket ship on Mars with a family of astronauts, and planets from our solar system floating in the space beyond." <p> <p> <a href="www.rivierabakehouse.com">Click here to check out more of Chef Liv Hansen's creations.</a>
    HO/Courtesy Riviera Bakehouse
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    This "Haunted Pirate Ship" was constructed entirely out of gingerbread! The project was originally designed for a "Food Network Challenge" by Dawn Nemec & Marina Sousa. <a href="www.justcake.com">Click here to check out more of Dawn and Marina's designs </a>
    HO/Courtesy Dawn Nemec and Marina Sousa
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    The inspiration for this house is the favorite fairy tale the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Chef Liv Hansen said "when I was growing up my mother read this story to me so often that she memorized the first few pages. As I constructed this street scene, she could be heard throughout the bakery reciting the lines with joy."<p> <p> <a href="www.whimsicalbakehouse.com">Click here to check out more treats from Riviera Bakeshop</a>
    HO/Courtesy Riviera Bakeshop
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    Patti Paige from Baked Ideas created these adorable miniature houses. They are only 1.5 inches tall and a few inches wide.<p> <p> <a href="www.bakedideas.com">Click here to check out these mini houses and Patti's other gingerbread creations.</a>
    HO/Courtesy Patti Paige
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    This gingerbread house titled "Christmas Around the World" was the grand prize winner of the National Gingerbread House Competition at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C. The house has five sides, and was built atop a sugar globe. Each side of the house showed a different area of the world, including the U.S., Italy, Russia, France and the U.K., with a landmark from each country, and a holiday dessert specialty shown in the window. There is also a Santa figure dressed the way each country portrays St. Nick.<p> <p> <a href="www.gingerbreadbuilding.com">Click here to check out more creations from Christina Banner</a>
    HO/Courtesy Christina Banner
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    This gingerbread house, titled "Musical Memories," was built on a sugar record player and incorporates many musical elements, such as piano- key stairs, a juke box front-door, music railings, a trumpet chimney, window boxes shaped like drums and music notes bursting from the chimney. The second floor is open to show the Christmas party going on inside, where Santa plays the saxophone, an elf plays the piano and Mrs. Claus dances. This house took first place in the Food Network's Gingerbread Challenge.<p> <p> <a href="www.gingerbreadbuilding.com">Click here to check out more gingerbread houses from Christina Banner</a>
    HO/Courtesy Christina Banner
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    When Kate Sullivan and Patti Paige teamed up to make this gingerbread house, it turned into a holiday miracle. Called the "Gingerbread Nutcracker, Sweet," the house is modeled on the London Coliseum opera house. It took four full days, two bakeries and two interns to complete the project from the beginning planning stages to final decorations. Everything except the little red-and-white striped mint balls is baked from scratch, rolled out, cut, piped and or painted in food color by hand. The stage structures and floor and characters are all made of gingerbread. The curtain and floors are covered in fondant. <p> <p> <a href="www.cakepower.com">Click here to check out Kate Sullivan's bakery</a> and <a href="www.bakedideas.com">click here to check out Patti Paige's bakery</a>
    HO/Courtesy Kate Sullivan and Patti Paige
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    Chef Irina Brandler is Russian and came to the U.S. at the age of 7. With this gingerbread house, she wanted to create something personal and unusual, and found inspiration in the Russian fairy tale "Baba Yaga," a tale of a witchlike character who flies about on a broomstick, and sometimes guides lost souls.<p> <p> <a href="www.sugarandspiceonline.com">Check out more of her gingerbread creations here</a>
    HO/Courtesy Irina Brandler
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    This gingerbread house was part of the New York City Botanical Garden Gingerbread display 2010, whose theme was "vacation." Irina's father and uncle are avid fishermen, and inspired the design. <p> <p> <a href="www.sugarandspiceonline.com">Click here to check out more of her gingerbread creations</a>
    HO/Courtesy Irina Brandler
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    This adorable gingerbread house was inspired by New York's Cafe des Artistes, which is located just around the corner from the bakery. <p> <p> <a href="http://www.soutine.com/">To see more gingerbread houses and other delicious treats from Soutine click here</a>
    Ho/Courtesy Soutine Bakery
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