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A ball of marzipan on a wooden board
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Homemade Marzipan is all natural and tastes great - ready to use in 10 minutes.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Cake decoration
Cuisine: British
Keyword: almond paste, marzipan
Servings: 1 20 cm round cake cover
Author: [email protected] Cooks


  • 400 g ground almonds
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice (10ml)
  • 2 teaspoons sherry, or extra lemon juice (10ml)
  • 2 teaspoons orange flower water, or extra lemon juice (10ml)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (5ml )
  • 4 drops almond extract


Stand Mixer


Prepare the dry ingredients:

  • EITHER: In a processor, pulse the dry ingredients until fine.
  • (Caster sugar, icing sugar, ground almonds)
  • Don’t overdo it! 
  • OR: Sieve the sugars into a large bowl to get rid of any lumps (normally I wouldn’t bother, but I do for marzipan)

Make the Marzipan:

  • In a separate bowl, lightly whisk the egg and flavourings with a fork
  • (lemon juice, vanilla extract, orange flower water, sherry and almond essence)
  • Add the liquids to the dry ingredients and blitz or mix well until the mixture comes together
  • Press together with your hands to make a smooth paste
  • The marzipan will probably feel a bit sticky, but don’t be tempted to add more sugar or ground almonds



  • 800g marzipan is sufficient to cover the top and sides of a 20cm (8-inch) round cake
  • See How to Marzipan a Cake for step-by-step instructions to achieve a smooth, even finish