Epic Gingerbread House May Be Far Too Pretty to Eat

Modernist Cuisine took inspiration from the Spanish architect Gaudi.

ByABC News
December 19, 2014, 3:21 PM

— -- It's definitely not your grandmother's gingerbread house.

The creative minds at Modernist Cuisine this week debuted an elaborate, laser-cut gingerbread house constructed as an homage to the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi -- specifically his "kaleidoscopic masterpiece," Casa Battlo.

"Everything about the structure is edible, from the luster on each chimney and spire to the blanket of snow dusting the roof and ground," wrote editors on the Modernist Cuisine blog post revealing the vivid sculpture.

After creating a blueprint, the team used a laser cutter to replicate "the organic, serpentine curves of Casa Batlló in gingerbread" and etching the delicate balconies in fondant.

Other materials included crushed Jolly Rancher candies for stained-glass windows, edible gold luster dust, rice paper snowflakes and powdered tapioca.

Some say the dazzling creation is far too pretty to eat. For now, at least, it will simply be ogled by those who already have sugarplums dancing in their heads: The gingerbread house was gifted by Modernist Cuisine to the Seattle Children's Hospital.