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.
This post came after Sherry B. asked how to make the cute little marzipan candy carrots on top of my Carrot Cake 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.
Making marzipan candy is a really fun project to do with kids, as it’s an edible craft.
We’re spending Easter with the same friends we’ve been spending it with for the last 14 or so years.
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.
My 14 year old daughter loved making marzipan candy vegetables, too. This is mostly a photo post, with a few tips.
First of all be sure to buy marzipan, and not almond paste, because they have different textures and purposes. 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 and work in just a tiny bit of coloring, until the color is to your liking. It’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.
Pressing the marzipan with your fingers gives the edges a rough look, perfect for making the leaves of lettuce.
Add frilled layers around a small ball for 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.