Marzipan Cake Covering

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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.


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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

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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.

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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.

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-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

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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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