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I was pretty proud of the gingerbread village that I made for Christmas and wrote about on Wednesday, but it was nothing compared to some of the incredible gingerbread constructions out there. These amazing examples of gingerbread architecture put my small efforts to shame.

5. German Village

Gingerbread villageThe Sheraton Princess Ka’iulani Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii had executive chef Ralf Bauer dream up this enormous gingerbread community for display in 2010, featuring churches, a palace, a train station, carousel and plenty more. It took over 660 hours for Bauer and his team to design and build and was 24 feet wide and 14 feet tall and covered in 200 gallons of icing.

4. The World’s Largest Gingerbread House

World's BiggestThe world’s largest gingerbread house was unveiled earlier this month in the community of Bryan, Texas, made by the Texas A&M Traditions Club to raise money for local health care. It is 39,201 cubic feet large and used 7,200 pounds of flour, 7,200 eggs and 3000 pounds of brown sugar as well as 22,304 pieces of candy to decorate.

3. The Tate Modern

Tate ModernEarlier this year chef Caitlin Levin made a series of gingerbread versions of great modern architecture for a display at Dylan’s Candy Bar in Miami Beach, Florida. Other candy constructions included the Guggenheim, New York, the Louvre pyramid and the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City, but this version of an iconic London building in gingerbread and bubblegum is the star.

2. Sydney Harbour

Sydney

This gingerbread construction of the Sydney Harbour complete with its famous Opera House went on display in 2009 at the Sheraton on the Park in downtown Sydney. This picture was uploaded to flickr by user mswebersd.

1. St. Basil’s Cathedral

St BasilsIn 2009, Moscow pastry chef Troman Felizmenio created this gingerbread version of the city’s most famous landmark for the Ritz Carlton hotel near to Red Square. It took three months of two to three hours work a day to build and was two metres tall.

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