Gingerbread Converse Hall

Join the fun and end the year with something sweet!

Make and decorate your own Westminster gingerbread creation, then submit a photo for a chance to win a Westminster Cozy Kit Prize Pack.

You can download the Converse gingerbread template or create a gingerbread of your own design, just don’t forget to add some Westminster flair.


Any Westminster community member can enter this contest.


  • Entry Period: Dec. 3–Dec. 14, 2020
  • Voting Period: Dec. 15–Dec. 17, 2020, 11:59 p.m.
  • Winner Announced: Dec. 18, 2020

How to Enter

There are 2 ways to enter:

  1. On social media, tag Westminster University in a close-up photo of your creation or send the photo via direct message to @WestminsterSLC. Entries via social media must include:
  • First and last name
  • Your affiliation to Westminster University (student, alumni, parent, etc.)
  • A 280-character (or less) description of your creation
  1. Complete the gingerbread contest form:

Chef's Tips

Download the recipe and stencils.

Decorating tips from pastry chef Kaycie McDonald (@batterbowlcakes), the creator of the Converse gingerbread:

Creating Snow: When decorating a gingerbread house with royal icing, try piping on a generous amount of royal icing to desired areas. Dip fingertips into a cup of water and tap wet fingers on top of the icing to create a melted snow effect. When fingers begin to stick to the icing, dip again and continue to work. Add glitter or powdered sugar to the snow to increase the depth of effect.

Decorations: When decorating a house with candy, look for creative ways to incorporate candy into a realistic placement. Examples:

  • Green gumdrops for bushes
  • Jellybeans for rocks
  • M&Ms for holiday lights
  • Red Hots to line sidewalks

Creating Windows: Watering down royal icing to make a more transparent look is a great way to create windows on a ginger house. Paint royal icing windows with a paintbrush and allow time to dry. Outline windows with normal royal icing.

Landscaping: Don’t forget the landscaping! Get creative and have fun, use icing and candy to decorate. You can even use fondant and other cake decorating items to take your house to the next level. Pointed ice cream cones can be decorated with green icing in a star or leaf tip to make trees. Start by piping on the bottom ring and working up to the top, completing each row all the way around the cone before moving up to the next row.

Remember to have fun, get creative, and share your creations with the world.

Voting and Winner Selection

All eligible entries will be uploaded to an album on the Westminster University Facebook page. Anyone can vote for an entry by using any Facebook reaction (“like", “love", “haha”, “wow”, “sad “and/or “angry”) on the photo. Voting begins at the time the album is uploaded. The entrant with the most votes will be deemed the grand prize winner.


The grand prize winner will receive a Westminster Cozy Kit Prize Pack with an approximate retail value of $100.00. Subject to availability, the kit may include:

  • Westminster sherpa blanket
  • $35 gift card for Uber Eats
  • Westminster socks
  • Westminster camping mug
  • Westminster beanie
  • Westminster mask

Participation Notice

By participating in this contest, you grant Westminster permission to use your entire submitted photo/video/design files and content for design, marketing, advertising, and communications purposes.