The festive season is in full swing, and at the Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort & Spa, the festivity is in giving rather than receiving. A talented team of pastry chefs at the hotel have created an enormous Gingerbread Castle to be auctioned off for charity.
The dream of being able to donate the money to a charity organization, the St Mary’s Children’s Home in Rosemore, George, was only part of the motivation behind this Gingerbread Castle; the challenge of building an edible structure of this magnitude was too awesome to resist for a team of fearless pastry chefs. Despite the definite skill and structural challenges presented, the formation would dwarf the previous year’s Gingerbread House and the creativity would have to be above and beyond the envisioned final product.
Season time brings with it longer hours, more visitors and guests and with that more pressure, but the team pulled the proverbial rabbit out of a hat with the most incredible creation imaginable. With multiple sections, including towers and a courtyard, the castle’s finer details made the finished product an extraordinary feat. From the tiny pebbles that flagged the walls of the castle, to the festive Christmas tree with presents in the courtyard, the park bench and even the trimmings around the rooftops.
More than 2500 gingerbread bricks were plastered on the massive wooden frame of the castle with royal icing and plastic icing was used to create the tiled roofs. Even dried coconut was used to create the illusion of snow.
It took two weeks of dedication, hard work and lots of detailing to put this masterpiece together and the final product – truly magnificent. Kilograms of flour, coconut and fondant later, the 2 by 1 by 0.9 meter citadel exceeded the expectations of the challengers, dumbfounded the doubters and silenced the skeptics.
Hats off to the wonderful team of talented artists who made it happen! For more information about the creation or about the auction, visit “Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort & Spa” on Facebook.