I have some changes to a wedding cake... they were going to do marzipan fruits but now want a cascade of leaves.
I have never worked with marzipan but due to their background they love to eat it and would like the leaves out of marzipan...but as I've never used it I need to find out if it can be rolled out thinly and made into leaves similar to gumpaste? And dried, and sturdy enough to attach to the cake in a cascade? I need to let her know soon because I was going to do them in gumpaste but she prefers marzipan.
It's pretty soft stuff and I've never tried to just left it dry. I'm thinking it would work. You might have to mix a wee bit of fondant with it. But it's super yummy!
It's pretty much the same as working with fondant, just some "grainy" texture and wonderful taste! If you're planing to do your own, just make sure you use pasteurized egg whites.
I talked to someone more experienced than myself and she said it might be too brittle to be dried for thin leaves, and might not taste as nice with all the color and airbrushing I have to do with it.
The bride agreed to do gumpaste.
You could also make your leaves out of chocolate. Gather some nice "real" leaves, wash them and paint them with melted chocolate. Once they've firmed up, gently peel off the read leaf and you're left with a chocolate leaf that can be airbrushed or painted. Use white chocolate and the "fall" colours will pop. Make sure you paint the chocolate on the reverse side of the leaf...you get better veining.