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How To Make Marzipan from Almond Paste

Marzipan is very expensive to buy in the grocery store, and is often dry and flavorless. This marzipan recipe is super easy. I’ll show you how to make  marzipan that is much cheaper than pre-made, and tastes much better.

marzipan roses

Add a little extra sugar to your marzipan to make decorative pieces

If you live in the US and you’ve bought marzipan in the grocery store, chances are you were sorely disappointed. Pre-made marzipan is expensive and is usually dry and tasteless.

I always make my own marzipan recipe from almond paste. Marzipan is a fairly luxurious ingredient but is very easy to make. You’ll need just 3 ingredients and it comes together in mere minutes.

Scroll through the photos to see how to make Marzipan from almond paste:

a bowl with almond paste

Combine almond paste with corn syrup to start making your own marzipan. The corn syrup gives the marzipan a supple texture.


a piece of almond paste and a piece of homemade marzipan

Almond paste is darker in color and has a rough texture. Homemade marzipan is lighter in color, is sweeter and has a smooth texture

With this Marzipan recipe you can control the amount of sugar:

Homemade Marzipan has a million and one uses. I cover Christmas fruitcakes with marzipan before finishing them with fondant. The marzipan creates an extra layer to keep the cake moist, plus it tastes much better than fondant.

When I’m making marzipan to cover cakes I use the lower amount of sugar in the recipe. With less sugar the homemade marzipan is very soft and has a strong almond paste flavor, perfect for a cake covering.

It can also be used as a candy filling. You can simply cover pieces of marzipan with chocolate and, believe me, it will be delicious. I like to add orange zest to the marzipan when I make it into a candy filling. Add a little extra sugar to make it a little firmer. Cut the flavored marzipan it into small squares, cover the squares in dark chocolate and you’ve got a fantastic little bon bon.

Use homemade marzipan to make tasty and pretty decorative pieces. Add more sugar and the marzipan becomes firm enough to make rose petals or holly berries.

You can mold life-like pieces of fruit from marzipan, hand color them with petal dust and create a show-stopping centerpiece that can be eaten. I’d much rather eat decorations made from marzipan than fondant.

a plate of marzipanfruit

Marzipan fruit makes a beautiful and delicious table decoration.


marzipan holly & berries

Use homemade marzipan to make delicious decorations for you holiday desserts.

 

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marzipan rose

Marzipan

Yield: 10 portions
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Marzipan is very expensive to buy in the grocery store, and is often dry and flavorless. Homemade marzipan is cheaper than pre-made, is super easy to make and tastes much better.

Ingredients

  • 7 oz (196g) Almond Paste (see note)
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz, 56g) light corn syrup
  • 4-7 oz confectioner's sugar, about 1-2 cups

Instructions

  1. Mix the almond paste and corn syrup on low speed with a beater attachment until it forms a smooth paste. If working by hand use a wooden spoon to mix until combined.
  2. Scrape the bowl. With the mixer running on low speed add 1/2 cup of the confectioner's sugar. Turn the dough out onto a surface sprinkled with more confectioner's sugar. Knead in the remaining sugar to form a smooth dough. Add additional powdered sugar to achieve the desired consistency (see note)

Notes

I based the recipe on 7 oz of almond paste because that's the size I find in my local grocery.

I like a softer marzipan for covering cakes so I use less sugar. Add more sugar for a firmer texture if you plan to make roses or other decorations

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Claire

Monday 21st of December 2020

How much would you reduce the sugar by to make marzipan for icing my Xmas cake? So happy to have found a recipe that uses almond paste which I found with the jello in America.

Eileen Gray

Monday 21st of December 2020

I give a range of the amount of sugar to add. For covering fruitcakes I use the lower amount so the marzipan is soft.

Astrid

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Hi there. I was hoping to make this recipe a few days in advance before I assemble my cake. Could I leave this in the fridge for a day or two and then use the marzipan or should I make it and assemble the cake immediately?

Thanks.

Eileen Gray

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

This can be stored in the refrigerator, tightly wrapped, for several days.

Kerry

Monday 6th of January 2020

Thank you for the marizpan recipe and your advice,

Eileen Gray

Monday 6th of January 2020

You're welcome!

Joanna

Saturday 21st of December 2019

This turned out great!!! I’m not exactly sure on the consistency (how much sugar it really needed) but it is pliable and can be rolled out to cover these German cookies I’m making so it will work out perfectly.

Eileen Gray

Saturday 21st of December 2019

Hi Joanna, the consistency can be adapted to the use of the marzipan. When I cover fruitcakes I like to use the lesser amount of sugar, but if I'm making marzipan fruit I use more sugar for a firmer consistency. I'd love to see a photo of the cookies when you're done! Happy holidays!

Reidun

Sunday 9th of December 2018

It is not at all impossible to make your own Almond paste. All you need is 200 gram almonds, scolded and peeled, 4 drops of bitter almond extract, one egg white and 1 cup powdered sugar. I use a special hand cranked almond grinder, but food processor works too, just keep going until it’s really fine, Add eggwite essence and sugar, mix well, Keep in air tight container until used. You can also add a few drops Rose water for a sofisticated taste.

Eileen

Sunday 9th of December 2018

Well, I find it impossible to get the paste as smooth as the commercial paste. But if it works for you, great!