Posted by: Discovery Science Center Blog | November 30, 2009

Gingerbread Castle

Dozens of gingerbread houses, beach scenes, and log cabins omit the sweet scent of gingerbread that lofts through the Science of Gingerbread exhibit at the Discovery Science Center. It’s a medieval castle, though, that has caught the eye of many visitors; with its trestle towers, complete with dragon guardian.

It’s a first-time entry for mother-daughter team Mariah and Jean Smith. Mariah, 23, an optometry student at the Southern California School of Optometry lives in Santa Ana, and wanted a fun activity for her and her mom while she was in town for Thanksgiving from Reno, Nev.  Four days of work went into the culinary creation.

Apart from some sugar cement burns and faulty dragon detail work, the castle came off without a hitch. Mariah says she “couldn’t do it alone,” even though she is the more “artsy” of the pair. Mariah loves baking and making crafts in her spare time, and will be at the official opening of the Science of Gingerbread awards presentation, open to the public, at 7:00 p.m. at the Discovery Science Center. For more information, visit

Gingerbread Castle


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