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Easy Homemade Marzipan (Almond Paste)

3.85 from 26 votes
From whimsical decorations to covering whole cakes, making my Easy Homemade Marzipan (Almond Paste) will elevate your holiday baking to a new level!
Easy Homemade Marzipan Recipe

Hi Bold Bakers!

Marzipan, also known as almond paste, is a little like Vegemite in that you either love it or don’t. I have grown to love it over the years. Also, it’s used in one of my all time favorites, Swedish Princess Cake. In Ireland, my Easy Homemade Marzipan is used to cover cakes usually around the holidays!

To be honest, as kids, we would peel off the marzipan and royal icing and just eat the fruit cake. Now that my taste buds have matured I eat the whole thing. There is something about almond extract that has me coming back for more!

What Is Marzipan And What is it Used for?

My Easy Homemade Marzipan can be used as a modeling clay to make cake toppers or fun characters, and is easy to mould into any shape you wish. It can be sealed with egg white, or allowed to dry at room temperature for about 48 hours, before finishing the icing. This is particularly suitable for heavy fruit cake like traditional Irish Christmas Cake.

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How to Make Marzipan

Making homemade marzipan is just a matter of combining ground almonds, sugar, icing sugar, egg, and almond extract. This creates a rich sweet paste that is packed with nutty flavor. The trick is to only handle it as much as necessary as it can become oily, and this oil can seep through the other layer of decorations you’re working with.

[ You might also be looking for How To Make Royal Icing and my Irish Christmas Cake Recipe! ]

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What’s the difference between Marzipan and Frangipane?

While the two recipes are made from similar ingredients, they have very different uses.

Frangipane is often used with baked goods, at the bottom of tarts and galettes, and is also like a liquid and quite loose whereas marzipan can be baked with or used in its raw form and is more like an almond Playdoh — which is perfect for decorating and forming into different shapes.

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Homemade Marzipan (Almond paste)

3.85 from 26 votes
From whimsical decorations to covering whole cakes, making my Easy Homemade Marzipan (Almond Paste) will elevate your holiday baking to a new level!
Author: Mammy (Patricia) Stafford
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
From whimsical decorations to covering whole cakes, making my Easy Homemade Marzipan (Almond Paste) will elevate your holiday baking to a new level!
Author: Mammy (Patricia) Stafford

Ingredients

  • 2 2/3 cups (8oz/225g) ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup (4oz/115g) sugar
  • 1 cup (4oz/115g) icing sugar, sieved
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 egg yolk*, fresh or pasteurized (see notes for sub)

Instructions

  • First mix both sugars and ground almonds. Do this with a whisk to distribute the sugars well.
  • Add the egg and extract and mix with a wooden spoon until the ingredients come together. With your fingers, bring the marzipan together. If it seems a little crumbly and dry, add a little more egg.
  • Remove from the bowl, and only handle enough to roll to the required shape. Chill before using. It can be kept in the fridge for up to 8 weeks if needed. 
  • This recipe is large enough to cover a big cake, like my Irish Christmas Cake, or use to make model cake toppers.

Recipe Notes

Egg sub: You can replace the egg yolks in this recipe with Flax egg. For more info check out my Egg Substitute Chart 

 

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eva
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eva
15 days ago

I’m going to make your marzipan and I am so pleased that you are giving the quantities in grams as well, not just cups. Can’t really get on with cups, ounces fine, but how does one measure a cup of butter??? 🙂 🙂

Ann
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Ann
11 months ago

Hi Gemma

I’ve just made your marzipan recipe for the first time, normally I buy it, but it’s not the normal marzipan yellow colour, I thought the flour didn’t look right when I bought it but it said almond flour on the tag, any suggestions.

Thanks Ann

Nemain
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Nemain
11 months ago

Hello, Gemma!
I’m curious… Why do you use eggs in your marzipan recipe? (I only know of very fine ground almonds, powder sugar and rose water.)
What does the egg do for the marzipan?
Thank you!
Btw, I always enjoy your recipes! ❤

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Anja Torvinen
7 days ago

I’ll need marzipan voor a dutch xmas pastry which will be filled with marzipan 🙂

Clare Luke
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Clare Luke
11 days ago

Gemma I’m sure I’ve seen you make stolen using you marzipan/almond paste but I can’t find the recipe?

Marina Michaels
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10 months ago

Hi Gemma, thanks so much for all the time and love you put into your website. In the US, we make a distinction between almond paste and marzipan (and use them for different things). Almond paste is about equal amounts sugar and almonds and is used in baking. Marzipan has much more sugar and is used to make shaped candies. Except for the egg yolks, your recipe is what we would call almond paste (though almond paste is typically made with egg whites in the US). I’m sure your recipe is delicious, though, and I might try a version of… Read more »

Seema
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Seema
11 months ago

I grew up with rich Christmas fruit cake in Pakistan. My mom used to make it and the marzipan covering. I cannot find the recipe for that rich cake. Would love it if you can make it. Thanks!

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Mari Farias Chapa
1 year ago

I missed your first Christmas cookie recipe. Where can I find it? That you. You have the most awesome website! I brag about it to everyone!

Tatina0819
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Tatina0819
1 year ago

Hi Gemma,
I would like to know if I can make ground almond, I can’t find the recipe. Could you help me about it?
Thank you
Tati

Pauline Buttigieg
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Pauline Buttigieg
1 year ago

Hi Gemma
I absolutely love your recipes and videos. I was wondering do you have a recipe for rock cakes. Kept up the good work. Thank you Pauline

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