Norwegian cake designer Carolina Eriksson built a really awesome giant Alien Xenomorph sculpture. In order to make this, Eriksson took homemade gingerbread, which was toughened up for strength, designed it around an iron frame while it was still warm and used melted sugar to stick it all together. Eriksson explains on reddit how she was able to build such a beautiful piece with such humble ingredients.
t’s an iron structure inside with sculptured gingerbread on top: …I made an inner skeleton with correct proportions, and then drew pieces/ designs to fit on top of it …I’ve altered the usual recipe a bit to make it stronger – so I wouldn’t recommend for eating, but I’m using twice the amount of syrup, and no baking powder. It makes the gingerbread harder and gives it a smoother surface! …There’s a whole lot of melted sugar to keep it together!