Make your own marzipan to cover your Christmas cake this year using this quick and easy recipe.


  • Serves icon Makes enough for a 23cm round cake
  • Time icon Ready in 30 minutes

Make your own marzipan to cover your Christmas cake this year using this quick and easy recipe.


  • 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
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  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.

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  1. Please note: contains raw egg.

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  1. This is a good recipe. Have just made a double quantity for my 23cm / 9″ Christmas cake (we like the marzipan quite thick). Had some left over which everyone seems keen to eat!

    I blitzed the ground almonds and sugar first (in two batches) to save having to sieve it which was a good decision.

    Just to clarify the vague quantities. . .
    Lemon sizes vary – I used three tbsp fresh lemon juice for my double quantity which was fine.
    I used a quarter tsp of almond extract which was a good amount.
    My two eggs, despite being sold as “large” were more of a medium size. Large would have been better as my marzipan did start to break when lifted on the rolling pin.

    The end result turned out well and it tastes delicious!


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