All Aboard Sixteen's Gingerbread Express

December 17, 2013
by Sarah Freeman

The problem with most conventional gingerbread houses is their lack of functionality. Aside from the fact that most are less than a foot tall, even the monstrous gingerbread creations that grace hotel lobbies and tourist attractions rarely act as actual houses. Not so with the gingerbread creation at Trump International Hotel & Tower. Step inside the Gingerbread Express - a house built into the hotel’s elevator.

The pastry team at Sixteen created the display with 308 pounds of gingerbread dough, 942 gingerbread bricks, 222 pounds of frosting, 178 pounds of sugar and 103 pounds of chocolate. Solid chocolate candy cane polls and a gingerbread arch greet guests who want to ride on the gingerbread elevator. Inside, riders are transported to a cozy cabin with a fireplace, stocking hung from the mantle and a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. A train runs around the top of the gingerbread-covered room.

The display is not only meant to foster the holiday spirit while transporting diners from the lobby to the 16-floor restaurant, but also to raise money for St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Read more about the project on Chicagoist.