So you have occasion to celebrate, and you want to do something special. Wanna make your event a little “wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey”? Why not build a gingerbread TARDIS? Granted, it won’t take you through time and space, but it’d be a baking project worth bragging about and showing off to your fellow Whovian friends.
Now there are various ways to go about this, and it all depends on how much work you’re willing to put in. For the sake of time, I’m going to give you the rundown on the easy way to make a TARDIS. If you happen to like making elaborate gingerbread houses and just about everything else from scratch, follow this recipe instead.
You’re going to need:
- Gingerbread pieces
- Royal icing
- Blue food coloring
- Black food coloring
- Black tube icing
- White tube icing
- Blue tube icing
- White fondant
- Edible black marker
First things first: Getting the gingerbread pieces. You’re going to need four long rectangular sides, four small rectangular pieces and one square top. There are two ways to do this. You can either follow this recipe and make your own pieces, or you can cheat and take pieces from a gingerbread house kit. Either way, you end up with gingerbread.
Got your pieces? Sweet. On to the next step!
Next is setting up and putting together the pieces. You’re going to need the royal icing for this part. It’s pretty simple to make. All you need to do is beat together 3 tablespoons of meringue powder, 4 cups of confectioners’ sugar and 6 tablespoons of warm water until the icing forms.
After you make your royal icing, apply to the long sides of the four rectangular pieces. Place them together in a box shape and then apply more icing to the bottom so you can secure it on a piece of cardboard (or any similar surface). Then apply icing to the last square piece and place it on the top.
Next up, the navy blue royal icing!
Apply blue food coloring and a little of black coloring to some of your royal icing until it comes out a navy blue color, and then apply the icing to the outside of your rectangular box.
OK, remember those small rectangular pieces you made? Those are going to be the POLICE BOX signs. You’ll want to apply black icing first and let that dry before writing out POLICE BOX in white icing. Or, if you are really good at delicate icing work, you go with POLICE PUBLIC CALL BOX, as is seen on the authentic TARDIS.
Good luck with that.
Is it all dry? Great. Now apply the royal icing from earlier to the back of the sign and stick a sign on each side of the TARDIS.
When finished, cut up little window-sized pieces from the white fondant and stick them up on the TARDIS as shown above. Cut out a small square and use the edible black marker to write out the public information sign. Afterward, use the blue tube icing to make the square panels on each side.
You’ve got yourself a gingerbread TARDIS. Give yourself a pat on the back, and show it off to all your Whovian friends. They’re likely to get insanely jealous and attempt to steal your TARDIS. Don’t let this happen at all costs. ALLONS-Y!