Gingerbread Around the World: Australia

December 12th, 2017 by Nessa Presta

Gingerbread Around the World - Australia | Wilton Cake Decorating

Wilton works with distributors all over the world. This year, we invited our international distributors to join in our holiday celebrations by decorating a gingerbread house for the holidays! Today, please enjoy this house from Nessa Presta in Australia. You can follow Nessa on Instagram at @sugarmommasmelbourne or on Facebook at

This gingerbread house is actually the first one I have ever made. I’ve wanted to make one for a couple years now but always seemed to run low on time. This kit was great, as it was already pre-baked and all I had to do was assemble it. I was so excited that not only was it a time saver, it was so simple to follow the instructions in the Wilton gingerbread house kit! The meaning behind my gingerbread house is a beachy warm Christmas. Being that I am from Melbourne, Australia, our Christmases are hot rather than cold and icy so I decided to represent what a true Aussie Christmas looks like to me.

Many of you are accustomed to the traditional, white winter wonderland frosty kind of Christmas: the ugly Christmas jumper, the eggnog, snow falling, fire burning. This type of festive season was a reality for a large portion of my life. However, after my family and I settled in Australia we soon adopted the Aussie culture as our own and along with that, the tradition of an Australian Christmas.

We do all the normal decorating of our houses with wreaths & festive lights, we go to church with our families and get presents from Santa. However, in a typical ‘down-under’ Christmas, while no two households look the same they are sure to encompass a majority of the same elements in a way that is different to the rest of the world. Because it’s nice and hot we love to be outdoors enjoying the sunshine with family and friends. The most popular event in Australia is called Carols by Candlelight. The major capitals of each state will hold a large event and the other cities will hold smaller ones in local parks. This is when families get together at night to sing Christmas carols and light up their candles under the summer stars. Most cities also hold light shows at their town halls or even more locally at neighbour’s houses. These are so fun to drive past and look at.

Over Christmas, after I go to church, I head to my parents’ house for a Christmas lunch, my mum will cook a roast (yes, we still enjoy a good roast in this heat!), we will open presents and lounge around outside enjoying the weather and being around family. Then for Boxing Day, the craze continues at my in-law’s house. My father-in-law will cook a BBQ, some fairy bread, pavlova, fruit platters, so much more feasting… and an ice cold beer… can’t forget that!

Amongst all the ‘family-madness’ I love to escape with my sister or my husband and go unwind at the beach, which brings us to another popular Aussie Christmas tradition. The beach is always packed on Christmas, the days leading up to it and the days after. People flock to their local beaches dressed in their festive gear. On most occasions you can spot a surfer Santa with his board shorts and a Santa hat enjoying the water.

This gingerbread house has become my representation of Christmas; a hot festive season usually encompassing the beach and all its glory. I love having a sandy beachy Christmas, I personally think this is the cherry on top in an Aussie Christmas for me (that and pavlova, because who can turn down a yummy pav?!). I love the beach so much and I absolutely love Christmas, I’m worse than a child! It is for this reason I depicted my Aussie Christmas as I did in the gingerbread house. Not only do we get to have a tropical warm Christmas, but everyone gets into the spirit at the beach. They even go into the effort of having Christmas decorations, surfing Santas, Christmas trees, and everything is just more tropical looking. As we are having fun, the lifeguards are always patrolling and making sure we can live out this Australian tradition! So shout out to all the lifeguards who not only keep us safe but allow us to celebrate the festive season in true Aussie style.
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Nessa Presta Hi, my name is Nessa. I am 24 years old and I am a custom cake decorator and qualified pastry chef from Melbourne, Australia. I am also the owner of my own business called Sugar Momma’s. I love anything to do with art, being creative and also food! I submerged myself into everything creative growing up. I was so in my element when I decided to refine my skills by studying the art of patisserie and chasing a career in cake decorating. I was able to combine my love for baking with my creative nature. I don’t see it as work, I see it as my passion and an amazing form of art; a way to express my inner creative with something that’s so tasty. The best of both worlds!

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  1. Louise says:

    Loved reading about your Aussie Christmas tradition Nessa, and the way you decorated your gingerbread house. The colours are so vibrant and the scene unmistakable…. you’ve managed to create summer on a plate! Instead of our usual neighbourhood walk to burn off Christmas lunch, I may just go walk at the beach!

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