Decorator Michael Penney shared his tips on Canada AM to give a store-bought gingerbread house kit a designer look.

Royal Icing Recipes for Gingerbread House


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 4 cups (946 grams) icing sugar


In a medium mixing bowl, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until frothy.  Gradually blend in icing sugar until frosting is thick enough to hold its shape when a knife is drawn through the bowl.  Keep covered with a damp cloth.