I have loved following Christine McConnell over the last few years and seeing all her creepy awesome cakes and baked goods she’s been making. A really inspiration! Like many others, I have always compared her to Tim Burton (my idol of creativity!) So how amazing is it that 1. She has replicated the house from his latest film.. and 2. That she got to meet him because of it! (I met him in LA and was literally star struck when I shook his hand :O)
Christine McConnell created a gingerbread house replica of the one in Tim Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.”
This gingerbread house is so good, it’s scary.
She baked a 2-foot-tall copy of the gothic mansion featured in Tim Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” which was presented at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere on Thursday.
“This is my Mona Lisa of baking,” said Christine McConnell, 35, who spent 10 full, 15-hour days making the gingerbread, crafting sugar glass and whipping royal icing for the edible edifice.
She dished to the Daily News that she’s been a huge Burton fan ever since she saw “Edward Scissorhands” as a 7-year-old, and he’s been the inspiration behind her creepy photography and baking projects. McConnell made headlines last year for decorating her parents’ house to look like a monster for Halloween.
“He’s the original creator of this campy creepiness mixed with beauty,” she said. “Everything he makes, I just eat it up.”
So it was dream (or a “Nightmare Before Christmas”) come true when 20th Century Fox asked her to think up some creative confections to promote the director’s latest film.
She transformed the haunted house at the center of the story into a mouthwatering masterpiece by studying pictures of the Belgian mansion used for filming. She built a cardboard model first, and used the pieces as stencils for her gingerbread dough.
“I baked somewhere around 12 batches of gingerbread cookies,” she said. “They’re really thin and spicy, and they’re so good that I accidentally ate a few critical pieces while I was putting it together that I had to rebake.”
Piecing the porch together out of spun sugar glass was her greatest challenge, and resulted in a burn down her leg when she splashed herself with the molten sugar mixture. She finished the house off by painting details on the front with homemade icing.
“I’m telling you, he couldn’t have picked a more complicated house,” she said. “I can’t believe it came out so well.”
She only spent about $150 on ingredients and supplies for the 22-inch gingerbread house, including a wooden board from Home Depot to serve as the base. “That stand is the only thing you can’t eat; everything else is 100% food,” she said. Although McConnell said she “might cry” if anyone actually took a bite of her pièce de résistance.
But the icing on the cake is that she actually got to meet her idol on Thursday. “This is the coolest thing, easily, that has ever happened to me,” she said.
I know that feeling too 😛