How to Make an English Cottage – Part Three

In Part Two of How to Make an English Cottage, I finished with my standing cottage ……much to my relief!

If you missed the inspiration and story behind this very special project for Fountaindale Christmas in July, you can catch up by taking a quick peep at Part One as well as Part Two.

Before starting on the sandstone effect, I made some down pipes from rolled fondant.

Let me now move on, to the process of creating overall texture, along with a stone wall, gates, paths and  a garden!

In order to create a sandstone effect with different colour as well as texture, I brushed royal icing over each little brick I previously etched into the fondant.  The first covering was in white.

The next layer of royal icing to be brushed on was in brown, and I was thrilled with the result.

I applied this same process to both chimneys, as well as the brick cornerstones.

You can’t have a roof without flashing.  I made this from dark grey coloured fondant.

It was now time to give some more colour to the roof.  I used  charcoal food colour thickened slightly with royal icing.  It was then a matter of using a paintbrush to gently add colour to each tile.

The next few photos show images from the  first of a few late nights in a row – there was a lot happening!

In the next image, you can see that I iced the entire board in white fondant  to provide a base for my snow scene.  I had to lift the cottage off the board in order to do this, and replace it afterwards.  Thankfully all went well, and  everything stayed together…phew!

While the white fondant base was wet, I started on a front path as well as back path.  I believe that there are cake decorating moulds available to give a cobblestone effect, but I don’t own one.  However, I do have a number of different sized small round cutters, so I just started making my own stone pattern by pushing the different sized cutters into the soft fondant.

You can also see that I added a stone wall from fondant.  The wall went all of the way around the  board.  I wasn’t joking about the first of a few late nights…but I did call it a night once the wall was finished (well being built…sandstone effect with royal icing to go!)

You will also note that I finally took the pins out of the Christmas wreath on the door…they were there for support over a number of days while the fondant dried and strengthened.  I guess I could have taken them out sooner, but I was being extra cautious!


After such a late night, I began the next day with some work in the garden.  Coty Farquhar had kindly dropped in some winter trees.  Aren’t they ever so pretty?

I also set about finishing off the chimneys.

Guess what? It’s time to add some texture to the sandstone wall with royal icing. I gave the fondant 24 hours to dry – this was all I had time for.

Adding three different colours to the paths with a paintbrush really brought them to life!  I also added some columns to either side of the front door, and stacked some snow along the paths with ‘stiff peak’ royal icing. It was exciting to see all of the little details coming together!

Here I am working away in my kitchen!

Making the front and back gates was a time consuming exercise – but I was thrilled with the end result.


With great excitement, I began creating some climbing roses over each side of the cottage.  To do this, I made fondant ruffle flowers.

I couldn’t resist adding a fine dusting of ‘snow’ over the entire cottage!

And a final finishing touch…

My little English Cottage was complete, and I could not take my eyes of it!

I leave you with a couple more of my favourite images, but don’t forget that you can see it on display at Fountaindale Christmas in July.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas in July!


  1. Thanks for sharing so neat to see the process of making your cottage!

  2. What a fun (and I’m sure at times very stressful) project!  It’s been so cool to see the whole making process.  I am sure you are very proud of the amazing end result!!! 

  3. danica says:

    i love this cake sooooooooo much! i would live in it if i could~it is brilliant! :)

  4. alison says:

    Great minds think alike – it is my dream cottage too! Thank you for leaving a comment Danica!

  5. alison says:

    It was a long project, but I am thrilled with the result. I may even do another one at Christmas time!

  6. alison says:

    Ha ha…yes Leonie…you know me well…a bit of stress, but as James always says when I am near ‘breakdown’ point…”I can tell that this is going to be one of your best cakes!”

  7. Kerrie says:

    Hello Alison, A good friend passed on your Cottage details. Wow, it was beautiful. Along with my love of cake decorating, I too make Gingerbread houses and Xmas puddings, cakes etc.
    It’s always inspiring to see how clever other people are, keeps me motivated. Cheers Kerrie

  8. alison says:

    Hi Kerrie – I am so pleased that you dropped by! I also had a look at your lovely cakes! Stay in touch.

  9. Tessa White says:

    Wow that is amazing Alison , well done x

  10. alison says:

    Huge thanks Tessa – so thrilled that you stopped by!