Recipe courtesy of Gale Gand

Marzipan Decorations

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 30 min
Notes about the recipe: Sicily is famous for amazing marzipan work. I've heard it's a group of nuns that do the most amazing pieces. They make everything from cactus pears, chestnuts and tomatoes to animals, bugs, salami and even entire plates of spaghetti and meatballs made of marzipan.



  1. Decide what object you want to make. Warm the marzipan by kneading it slightly. Form it into a small patty and place 1 drop of food coloring in the center. Fold the marzipan around the color and begin to knead it to blend the color in. shape and form into desired shapes.
  2. For a Bee: Color some of the marzipan yellow and some brown. Make tiny balls of each color and press then together to make the body. Then make 1 more round ball for the head and secure it onto the body. Make 2 little black dots on the head for eyes. Use toasted almond slices for the wings.
  3. For lemons and limes: Color some marzipan with green for the limes and yellow for the lemons. Shape them into balls then form points on the end. Texture the surface by pushing sandpaper or the fine side of a grater onto the surface to texturize it.