Making Marzipan Candy Vegetable Garnishes

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Making marzipan candy is a fun, easy, and delicious way to give homemade food gifts to friends and family for the holidays. It also makes a beautiful garnish on baked goods like cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.

Marzipan candy carrots
Marzipan candy garden.

This post came after Sherry B. asked how to make the cute little marzipan candy carrots on top of my Carrot Cake Cupcakes.

Gluten Free Carrot Cupcakes

I hadn’t actually thought about it before, the cupcakes were the main attraction, and the carrots were merely a topping to the cupcakes.

What type of candy is marzipan?

Marzipan is a blend of ground almonds, sugar and glucose syrup. Other flavorings can be added such as orange blossom or rose water. Unlike almond paste, marzipan is considered a candy. In its natural state, it’s very light or white, which makes it easy to color. It’s also firm and easy to mold and shape.

Marzipan candy carrots
Marzipan candy carrots.

What’s marzipan made out of?

Our friend, Dan is particularly fond of marzipan, so I’ve always included the tiny carrots on either a carrot cake or on the cupcakes. This year, I’ll be bringing my Lemon Posset, but I couldn’t resist making a small garden of marzipan vegetables for Dan.

Marzipan candy vegetables.
Marzipan vegetable garden

How do you make marzipan candy?

First of all be sure to buy marzipan, and not almond paste, because they have different textures and purposes.Marzipan carrots.

Almond paste is great for baking, like in this Almond Bread, but is too soft for molding. If you use gel colorings, (affiliate link), which I prefer, use toothpicks

Marzipan carrots. and work in just a tiny bit of coloring, until the color is to your liking. marzipanIt’s easy to add more coloring, but difficult to lighten it once it’s too dark. Toothpicks are perfect for adding detail to the fruits or vegetables.

Marzipan carrots, use a toothpick to add details to the vegetables.
Marzipan carrots, use a toothpick to add details to the vegetables.

Pressing the marzipan with your fingers gives the edges a rough look, perfect for making the leaves of lettuce.

Press the edges of the marzipan to give it frilled edge.
Press the edges of the marzipan to give it frilled edge.
Marzipan lettuce
Marzipan lettuce

Add frilled layers around a small ball for lettuce.

Marzipan lettuce
Marzipan lettuce

To make radishes, blend a little bit of the white marzipan with the red marzipan.

When making marzipan candy radishes, we looked at a picture to help us visualize them.

Wanting them to look a little bit mottled was the goal. For the strawberries, use the toothpick to poke “seeds’ into them.

Marzipan vegetables.
Marzipan vegetable garden.
How to make Marzipan candy fruits and vegetables.
How to make Marzipan candy fruits and vegetables.

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  1. Cynthia, you guys did a phenomenal job with these little fruits and veggies! Great step by step photos for those who have never done anything like this makes it manageable to everyone.

    Wonderful tutorial!


    1. Chris, I remember going to Vienna and looking at all the beautiful marzipan creations in the pastry shop windows. Mine are simple, but my daughter sure enjoyed making them.

  2. These are adorable!
    I was wondering how you store them, I put mine on a cake and in the fridge… it did not go well.

  3. Hello! Beautiful work, congratulations!
    I can make in advance? For months ahead or need to be fresh?
    Thank you

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