Tuesday 12th January 2016
January 12th is National Marzipan Day, and we’re celebrating by sharing some of our favourite recipes and ideas to inspire you to use marzipan for your next baking project.
Many people tend to associate marzipan with Christmas or Easter, like your traditional Christmas cakes or Easter Simnel cake. But there’s so much more to marzipan!
You may be familiar with covering cakes with marzipan, but did you know it’s great for modelling with too? Marzipan can be kneaded and moulded easily and holds its shape really well, making it perfect for extra tasty cake toppers.
Just look at the detail in this amazing woodland squirrel cake – all modelled with marzipan! From the delicate leaves and vines to the bushy tail and fluffy fur, this cake is a great example of what you can do with marzipan if you give it a try.
Want to start with something simpler? This puppy cake topper is a good introduction to modelling with marzipan, and would make a great weekend activity for the little ones. Watch the video below to find out how to make it.
You can also add colour to marzipan with gel paste colours to suit your need, so you don’t need to stick to traditional cake decorating ideas. Take your Original White Marzipan, add a splash of colour and let your imagination run wild. Would you have guessed that these colourful owl biscuits were decorated with marzipan? You can find out how to make them here.
You can’t go wrong with a classic Battenberg, but we’ve made an extra indulgent chocolate version which you can find here. But for a really special marzipan classic, try the Princess Gateau. Bright green marzipan covers a delicious dome of sponge and crème patisserie, topped with a delicate marzipan rose. This is one cake that won’t fail to impress, and you can get the recipe here.
You can also find some great tips on covering your Princess Gateau in the video below:
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