Forget about decorating a roof with gumdrops, window frames with Skittles, and shutters out of candy canes! Culinary artist Melody Dearden knocks it out of the park with this gingerbread house based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecturally brilliant Fallingwater, located in Bear Run, Pennsylvania. The cookie version (complete with a candy waterfall) took 12 hours to design, and 40 hours to assemble the 164 different pieces made from roughly 12-square feet of gingerbread. Do the math, and you come up with a daring creation (above) that is a close replicate of Wright’s cantilevered wonder (below).
With Frank Lloyd Wright’s great-granddaughter on the judging panel, Dearden received first place in the Gingerbread Bake-Off. The blue-ribbon winner also received the following comment of distinction: “Well done… and entirely deserving of FIRST PLACE. Great-grandfather FLW would be proud! Your rendition was festive and infinitely more attractive than the ‘thrown up candied Santa intestines’ of your competitor. There is just no accounting for taste.”