MADE OUT OF GINGERBREAD
Christmas means sipping hot choccy in front of the fireplace with your loved ones around you. But most of all, Christmas means gingerbread cookies! Now, there are some people who build gingerbread houses, which is all well and good. But have you ever tried making something… bigger?
Well, Swedish food artist and motion designer Caroline Eriksson has! And her designs are much, much bigger than you’d expect when you hear the word ‘gingerbread.’
Every Christmas, she designs and bakes incredibly detailed (and delicious) gingerbread sculptures. This year, she made Groot from “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Which might even be more impressive than last year’s creation—the Xenomorph from “Alien.”
Caroline has baked gingerbread statues since 2013 when she won a Norwegian baking contest, and every year she surprises her fans with new and impressive gingerbread art. It took the artist around 5 weeks to make Groot, and she had to add lots of syrup and flour to make the dough thick enough to support the sculpture. She even built the gingerbread sculpture around a metal frame to make sure that it wouldn’t collapse.
“Then in 2013, I had moved to Norway and I entered a gingerbread contest where you could win 40,000 Norwegian krone [4,505 dollars]. I had been thinking about building a robot for a while, taking houses and boats one step further! I thought it must be possible to do – if I started with very simple square inner forms and added details on top.”
“I had been thinking about building a robot for a while, taking houses and boats one step further! I thought it must be possible to do. If I started with very simple square inner forms and added details on top. Around this time a Transformers movie came out in theatres, and I decided to build Optimus Prime. It took 3 weeks but I got it done and was very happy with the result.”
“I won the contest, and for the money, I took a trip to Bali. The transformer got viral and after that, I have continued to make new creations every Christmas. I try to challenge myself with every creation, do something more advanced that I haven’t seen been done before, push the boundaries for what can be done with this medium. That’s what I find most fun: to solve how to get the textures and shapes I want. But that is also what is most challenging and it takes a lot of time and testing to get right,” said Caroline, who is from Stockholm but now lives in Norway.