One of Milkfloat’s bakers created this 18-inch-tall gingerbread replica of the Epic Center, and it’s been wowing customers. Courtesy photo
One of Milkfloat’s bakers created this 18-inch-tall gingerbread replica of the Epic Center, and it’s been wowing customers. Courtesy photo

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Wichita dessert restaurant’s gingerbread creation looks epically familiar

December 21, 2016 02:42 PM

UPDATED December 22, 2016 09:35 AM

When Milkfloat’s three bakers decided to have a gingerbread house bake-off, one of them had an epic idea.

Assistant baker Britt Shoffner, with brainstorming help from her co-workers, decided to attempt an edible replica of the tallest building in Kansas – the Epic Center at 301 N. Main.

The building, known for its slanted roof line and relative height –325 feet – is not only the tallest building in Wichita’s skyline, it’s also the tallest building in the state.

Shoffner’s work is on display at Milkfloat, the new dessert restaurant at 535 W. Douglas, and will be through Saturday. It’s sitting alongside the other two bakers’ submissions – a detailed Snoopy house and a Victorian-style gingerbread house.

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“Everybody has just been marveling at the design,” said Milkfloat owner Cliff Brag. “Everyone has been oohing and awing saying how cool it is.”

The gingerbread Epic Center is about 18 inches tall and covered in white frosting. Shoffner used Andes mints to make the building’s familiar vertical windows, and she used stringed Nerd candies to line the roof in lights. A candy Santa and reindeer have landed on the roof, and Santa gazes over the edge at the marshmallow trees and Sour Patch Kid people below.

What will Shoffner do with the house once the season is over?

Bragg said it won’t be edible by then.

A filmmaker friend has asked her if he can have it and film it being smashed into pieces.

Milkfloat will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Friday and then from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.