Marzipan Cake Covering

Decorating By SweetsByMelissa Updated 21 Nov 2015 , 5:48pm by chikki

SweetsByMelissa Posted 10 Nov 2015 , 8:10pm
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Hi Everyone,

I am new to cake central and need some advice! I am a fondant cake maker and have recieved  and order for a cake covered in marzipan. I have never covered a cake in marzipan before.  

I would prefer to buy it but I can't seem to find it I have found a few rollout marzipans on google but I don't know anything about them and what kind is good? If it can't be bought does anyone have any good recipes?

Any advice much aprichiated!

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maybenot Posted 11 Nov 2015 , 1:09am
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Marzipan is not generally used as a finish covering on cakes--not even on fruitcakes, and certainly not on dessert cakes.  It's pretty heavy & oily.

With fruitcakes, it's used as rolled out panels to cover up the imperfections from fruits & nuts on the surface of the cake.  After that, the cake is covered in either royal icing with some glycerine added to make it easier to cut, or fondant/sugarpaste.

Colette Peters makes what she calls "marzifon", where she kneads together marzipan and fondant.  It makes a nice, pliable covering that is ivory.


spantchr Posted 11 Nov 2015 , 1:21am
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I have found marzipan in my local Shop Rite.  It is sold in a tube like cookie dough and found in the baking aisle.  I don't know anything about the quality.  This may not help if your cake is large, but it may give you a chance to work with it to see what you can do.  

Good luck

maybenot Posted 11 Nov 2015 , 2:55am
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If you want to use it for any reason, be careful of what you buy. Some people call marzipan almond paste, but it's not.  Almond paste is an ingredient in marzipan.

Magda_MI Posted 12 Nov 2015 , 6:35am
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Last time I needed a large amount of marzipan, I ordered a 5 lb block of it from this website.  It was a  lot cheaper per weight than buying the tubes of it at the grocery store.

Amazon also carries this brand, but last time I checked the shipping was more expensive there.  Good place to check reviews though.

*Last edited by Magda_MI on 12 Nov 2015 , 6:45am
-K8memphis Posted 12 Nov 2015 , 10:42pm
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i used it on a sneaker cake -- it was the perfect texture for a converse shoe -- it takes color really well -- it perfectly molded onto what i wanted -- i bought almond paste -- which as you probably know comes in the same kind of little sausage tubes like marzipan then i added whatever it was to make it into marzipan -- was a breeze -- i used the recipe in the margaret braun cakewalk book -- i can post it if you want -- i will paraphrase the instructions so as not to bust any copyrights -- just lemme know

chikki Posted 21 Nov 2015 , 5:48pm
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Just wanted to add there is a delicious cake in the UK covered in marzipan - Battenberg!  I enjoy the taste of marzipan over fondant, as do my family.  Must be a cultural thing. :)

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