Marzipan recipe

By Lizzie Kamenetzky

  1. Approx. 820g/enough to cover a 23cm round cake
  2. 30 minutes
  3. Rating

Make your own marzipan to cover your Christmas cake this year using this quick and easy recipe. Please note: contains raw egg.

tried and tested


  1. 370g ground almonds
  2. 185g caster sugar
  3. 185g icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting
  4. 1 large free-range egg, lightly beaten
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  6. A few drops of almond essence (optional)
  7. 2 tbsp brandy
  8. Juice of 1/2 small lemon


  1. 1. Put the ground almonds in a bowl with the caster sugar and icing sugar.
  2. 2. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, vanilla extract, almond essence (if using), brandy and lemon juice.
  3. 3. Make a well in the centre of the sugary ground almonds and add the liquid, then mix with your hands to bring together into a paste.
  4. 4. Knead for a few minutes until smooth, then wrap in cling film and chill for 20 minutes or until needed.


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