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.
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.
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.
How do you make marzipan candy?
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.