• Makes enough for a 23cm round cake
  • Ready in 30 minutes
  • Easy
Make your own marzipan to cover your Christmas cake this year using this quick and easy recipe.

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  • 370g ground almonds
  • 185g caster sugar
  • 185g icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 large free-range egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • A few drops of almond essence (optional)
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • Juice of ½ small lemon


  1. Put the ground almonds in a bowl with the caster sugar and icing sugar.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, vanilla extract, almond essence (if using), brandy and lemon juice.
  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. Knead for a few minutes until smooth, then wrap in cling film and chill for 20 minutes or until needed.
  • Please note: contains raw egg.

From December 2010

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