Wednesday 16th April 2014
Marzipan plays a key part of our Easter and Christmas celebration cakes and bakes, but we think it deserves to feature all year round. Many professionals would argue that Marzipan is much easier to model with than sugarpaste, and despite its sweet almond flavour, it still divides cake decorators and bakers with its ‘love it or hate it’ reputation. We’ve selected 10 marzipan models to inspire you, from flowers to monsters to bees, there’s so much to create!
Do you imagine marzipan as the delicious, invisible filling between the fruitcake and icing for your Christmas cake? This marzipan monster shows how far you can go with a bit of colour, time and modelling. At first glance this may seem like a complex piece of decoration to achieve, but it’s simply balls of marzipan (for the body, teeth and feet), a roll of marzipan (for the mouth) and piped chocolate for the eyes.
Daisies just instantly make you think of spring, right? Smaller daisies can easily be created using a plunger cutter if you’re not a confident modeller. However, cake decorating professionals, Juliet Sear of Fancy Nancy Cakes included, think that marzipan is actually easier to model with than sugarpaste. So if you’re a novice wanting to create complex models, then marzipan could be the best product to use.
Do we have any Great British Sewing Bee fans here? Perhaps for your next sewing bee you’d like to create these divine sewing and knitting inspired cupcakes. Simply colour your marzipan with Rainbow Dust Powder Colour, roll into a ball (for the yarn) or flat (for the fabric) and carefully imprint the thread lines with a sharp knife.
This design would work well for an Easter cake with the beautiful daffodils and icing colours for a sweet springtime treat. Thanks to Konditor for the image. Check out our Marzipan Flower Cake recipe to create beautiful floral decorations that your friends and family will go nuts for!
For busy bees, try your hand at creating marzipan bees, great for kids as there’s no messy colouring involved. Using almond flakes for the wings is an inspired choice too. Thanks to greenapplesorbet.com for the image. Swap our sugarpaste with golden marzipan in this bumble bee cupcake recipe and you’ve got yourself a delicious almond and chocolate combination!
These beach themed cake toppers by weelovebaking.blogspot.com.au will undoubtedly get you in the mood for summer. A great trick is to use crumbled digested biscuits for the sand.
Our marzipan roses are the perfect way to add a sweeter taste to your next celebration cake. Fancy a challenge? Why not have a go at creating a princess gateau cake recipe, filled with a gorgeous crème patisserie to compliment the marzipan decoration.
These beautiful marzipan lemon creations are a good choice for a first time marzipan modeller. Using buttercream/frosting to compliment the freshness of the lemon cupcake and add a tiny marzipan lemon on top. Find the full tutorial in the July 2021 edition of Baking Heaven Magazine.
Simnel cakes are iconic around Easter time. Often made using a double layer of marzipan inside and on top and traditionally 11 or 12 marzipan balls on top (to represent the number of apostles). Find the full recipe here.
Do you want to discover how easy Marzipan modelling is? Check out Jacqui Kelly’s top tips for working with marzipan and you’ll soon be a marzipan connoisseur!