There are gingerbread houses, and then there are gingerbread creations, which basically defy the laws of physics and gravity.
The team at The Broadmoor, a luxury hotel and resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado, really went above and beyond the standard gingerbread house by building an entire historic race car out of gingerbread.
And, of course, because you can’t just run to the store and buy a massive pre-made gingerbread kit for a life-size race car, they baked the whole thing from scratch. A team of 15 pastry chefs used 375 pounds of floor, 482 pounds of sugar, 425 eggs, 412 pounds of butter and more than 400 pounds of dark and white chocolate (plus lots of other ingredients) to make this massive display.
You can see a cool timelapse video of the construction below.
Building a drool-worthy gingerbread display is a holiday tradition at The Broadmoor, which has been making impressive, edible creations for more than 50 years.
The first holiday gingerbread display took place in 1964, and since then, the hotel’s pastry chefs have made some truly out-of-this-world displays — one year, they made a 120-square-foot replica of the resort itself; another year, they baked an intricate miniature version of the on-site Pauline Chapel. They’ve also created an entire cog railway train, driven by Santa, out of gingerbread.
People travel from all over to visit the Broadmoor during the holidays, just to see these dramatic gingerbread designs. The Broadmoor, which is decorated beautifully for the holidays, also hosts an annual holiday show and a New Year’s Eve gala.
This year, the Broadmoor’s culinary team, led by executive pastry chef Adam Thomas, recreated The Broadmoor Special, a 1918 Pierce Arrow Touring Car that founder Spencer Penrose converted into a race car to promote the region and the hotel in 1922. The real car competed in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, aka The Race to the Clouds, an annual race in which drivers race to the top of Pike’s Peak (which stands 14,115 feet tall!). All told, drivers climb 4,720 feet in 12.42 miles, making 156 turns along the way.
The Broadmoor Special competed eight times between 1922 and 1932 and always reached the summit. The car also made a special exhibition run up the mountain 2016 in honor of the race’s 100th anniversary.
You can see the gingerbread version of The Broadmoor Special on display at the resort itself, which offers several special holiday packages. If you’re interested in checking out the real historic race car, you can see that, too, by visiting the Penrose Heritage Museum (which has tons of other cool stuff!).