Basic Baking, Delightfully Decorative

Marvelous Marzipan

Hate it or love it? I know some people just don’t like marzipan but personally I think it’s delicious!

If you don’t like store bought marzipan and haven’t tried homemade, I would recommend it. Homemade is less sweet, whilst some cheaper store bought versions can be too artificial tasting, with less real almonds and more almond essence.

Plus marzipan is naturally gluten free! Unfortunately not vegan but I’m sure it would be quite easy to do, maybe one day I’ll risk wasting ground almonds and give it a go.

I’ve used this recipe to cover cakes and made marzipan fruit on separate occasions.


You will need:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Silicone mat or baking paper

To cover a cake

  • Rolling pin

To make fruit

  • Modelling tools
  • Food colour
  • Paint brush and pallette
  • 1 tsp gin or vodka

Ingredients:

  • 225g (1 cup) ground almonds
  • 87g (½ cup) golden caster sugar
  • 140g (1½ cups) powdered icing sugar
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp lemon juice
  • tsp orange extract (optional)
  • 1 beaten egg

Step 1

Place the ground almonds and sugars together in a large bowl and toss to combine.

Step 2

Add the vanilla extract, lemon juice and orange extract if using. Rub into the dry ingredients.

Step 3

Beat the egg in a small bowl. Then make a well in the center of the other ingredients and pour the beaten egg into it. Using a spatula, cut the ingredients together then work in your hands. If it’s too dry after kneading, add ½ tsp of water.

Cake Cover

Dust a silicone mat or baking paper with icing sugar and roll out your marzipan on this. Covering your cake in jam before wrapping in marzipan is the traditional way to make your marzipan stay, but you can use whatever you choose. Once applied smooth with your hands or a cake smoother.

Fruit

Place your marzipan on a silicone mat and tear off a piece the size you want your fruit to be. You can now have fun and get creative shaping with your hands and modelling tools. Make as many types of fruit as you want. Once you are happy with the shapes, add a small blob of food colour of your choice in the pallette, dip your brush in vodka or gin then into the colour to dilute it. Brush the edible paint onto your fruit, painting however you want.

Thanks for reading 😊

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