The first time we saw Martha Stewart build a gingerbread house, we knew we wanted to make one just like she did. It was a huge Second Empire mansion, unlike any other gingerbread house. It was nearing Valentine’s Day and we decided to try our hand at our very first gingerbread house and cover it in pink royal icing. We created our own “blueprints” for the structure and located Martha’s gingerbread recipe on the Internet and went to work. The sugar for the windows had crystallized instead of caramelizing which was quite frustrating, but serendipitously ended up looking like “frosted” window panes, which was perfect. The finished house was nearly 30″ tall!The following year we bought Martha’s gingerbread house kit and with some creative embellishment made our second house.The third house is almost exactly like the original Martha made, complete with copper-leafed roof. We went a step further and frosted the sides with sanding sugar.