Around the World in a VW Gingerbread Camper

I sent my little VW Gingerbread Campervan called May on a virtual journey around the World (see part one here). May has reported back with her own version of the Seven Wonders of the Gingerbread underWorld that she saw along her way. Click on the links to see the sights.

You can see more of May the gingerbread campervan on Youtube.

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Quick Snapshot

May wanted to take some pictures of her journey so she stopped by here to get a gingerbread camera.ingred-sm





Stop 1: Glastonbury Festival

Firstly May did a visit close to home and went off to the Glastonbury Festival where she got a VIP pass to the pyramid stage made by Dave (@ossiespoon) who inspired me to write about May’s sightseeing. After getting stuck in all that mud and having random people climb into her on numerous occasions slightly disgruntled she went off to have a look at…

Stop 2: The Gingerbread Blues with the G Street Band

May decided to catch a band while shew was at Glastonbury as it would be rude not too and although this band were not well know enough for the Pyramid stage she enjoyed the Gingerbread Blues with the G Street Band. These creations are made by The Gingerbread Giant and you can see his website here.

Stop 3: Hogwarts

May then went off to drive around the set of the infamous Hogwarts which is little ironic as this gingerbread structure is made in the US where as Lacock which was one of filming locations is just over the road from where May began her journey. This structure took 1 month to make and is the fantastic work by Kitty of a true testament of an individual’s artistic work and dedication.

Stop 4: Gingerbread Tron

May decided with all that wizardry she would rather go and have a chat with another car as she was getting withdrawal symptoms so she popped in to see Gingerbread Tron aka the transforming gingerbread house (click to see the video it really is inspiring) by Brian Hall and had a gingerbread latte with him.

Stop 5: Angry Birds

After all that excitement she needed to find somewhere for the night as she was tired with all that travelling but the only place she could find for the night was the Angry birds gingerbread house uploaded by mraakko on youtube . The video shows a time-lapse of it being built and May was suitably impressed until a flying angry bird splatted icing all down her door.
Stop 6: Sweet Paris
She visited Paris where she stopped off to see the gingerbread house being made at Disneyland. She did a bit of sightseeing and spent an evening watching the building of the gingerbread Eiffel Tower (youtube by AFKasbis).
Stop 6: Luxury House
May needed a little more luxury so she stopped off at Anna’s gingerbread house which took one week to build. She rested her wheels for a few hours and ordered an oil cosmopolitan from room service and throughly enjoyed the hospitality with 5 gingerbread stars.
Stop 7: Mrs Holly Bell’s
May finally stopped off back in the UK at Mrs Bell’s where she was able to watch her rather sensual demonstration of how to make the a gingerbread Christmas cottage cake. This is the very video which inspired her maker in the first place and caused a serious case of gingerbread addiction (although it has to be said her maker certainly did not look that amazing while May was being made). May reports that the food is so good at Mrs Bell’s that she has not come back yet ans she has a baking course to do before she leaves.
Final Destination?
May is still out there travelling the road as she heard rumours that the larger (Big May) campervan is feeling rather jealous and wants to get her revenge.
Big May versus Mini May in a final wheel (gingerbread) crunching finale showdown. Will Big May be able to build up enough speed to run Mini May over. Will Big May stall at the first hurdle (most likely) ? Stay tuned and find out the fate of the mini gingerbread May soon…

Big May versus Mini May in the final showdown. Who will win?


Happy Gingerbread VW Campermas

Send the VW Gingerbread Campervan on a virtual journey around the World – how far will she go?  Comment and let us know where she has visited.

Recently I have become a bit obsessed with Gingerbread houses after my son made one at School for a competition. With copious amounts of sweets, icing and glitter it was no shock that I became well and truly hooked but there were so many styles to choose from.  We own a VW Campervan that is currently being restored (called May ) and she became the inspiration for a retro gingerbread house in a VW style.  If you have ever considered baking a gingerbread VW Campervan (or house) or owning the real thing then I can safely say the two are fairly similar experiences.  Here are 10 reasons why:
1. They take hours of your life to build and rebuild
2. Both are rust coloured underneath and patched up with filler / icing
3. They cost a fortune in parts and equipment
4. They take time, patience and love (Valium is optional) and may not always end up quite as you hoped
5. They look cute but are like gremlins in disguise ready to unleash the anger banshee in even the calmest of people
6. Carmelised sugar / weld splatter cause copious amounts of screaming, mad hopping and rapid blowing
7. After a while they will go soft and crumble
8. You can cut a hole in the top of both and use as a money-box ( I throw £££’s into mine every month)
9. Both have support forums and counselling services available
10. Neither will break the speed limit barrier or beat Santa’s sleigh in a drag race

So without further ado – here is our gingerbread VW Campervan (the gingerbread house on the move).  It took approx 2 full days to bake and build but we love it so that makes it all worth while.  I plan to have a gingerbread trashing session in the New Year despite protests from the rest of the family but I am sorry it has to be done (and the video will be posted) as by then the real VW Camper will want her revenge brrrmm brrrmmm brmmmmm!

See her little video on Youtube

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Update: See where May visited on her tour of the the seven wonders of the gingerbread world
If Santa could he would do it the Vdub way (but then he probably wouldn’t get there without calling RR – Rudolph Rescue)
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I hope you enjoyed our little VW inspired gingerbread house and I wonder how far she will travel on her virtual journey?  Do comment and tell us where she is visiting.

With special thanks to all these wonderful bloggers who kept me going though my gingerbread building experience with their encouraging and hilarious messages on Twitter.  These wonderful people are all avid bakers and you should check out their blogs as they are a very inspiring and supportive bunch who make me laugh. In the words of Twitottee “We are stronger together”.

Twitter names (but all links go directly to their blogs or websites)
Merry VW Campermas to all and to all a good night
Love Cakeboule x
News Flash : Santa’s stand up (naughty) meringue snowmen have been banished to the furthest workshop.
Update: See where May visited on her tour of the the seven wonders of the gingerbread world
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