Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Homemade vegan marzipan

homemade vegan marzipan

To make beautiful cakes, it often seems that you have one of three options:

1. Perfect your buttercream-piping skills so you can make flowers and such with only a pastry tip and a bag;

2. Make nasty-ass fondant flowers that nobody will actually eat; or

3. Shamefully obscure the entire cake with actual flowers that are neither edible nor meant for eating in the first place.

Or you can be like me, and just not give a flying fuck about what people think of your cakes. Which is not really an option.

But a while back, while flipping through my totally fabulous copy of the Sprinkle Bakes cookbook, I happened upon her recipe for homemade marzipan—a recipe which seemed surprisingly easy, considering I’d always thought of the stuff as some obscure kind of candy only old people ate. Not so. I soon discovered that marzipan is not only great for making little figurines—

marzipan fruits
How do people do that?? source

but it can be an alternative to fondant when coating cakes, and one that I might add is substantially more delicious.

Like so. source

So last weekend, when attempting to make a SUPER DUPER TOP SECRET MISSION (i.e. I haven’t posted it yet), I pulled out a bag of almond flour and whipped up some of the stuff for my decorating needs. It worked quite well, as you can see.

homemade vegan marzipan
Very bland to look at, I know.

It is sticky sweet and very rich, as you would expect from a candy, but the lemon and almond extracts really take it a step above, say, fondant. And, because it is homemade, you will find that even professed marzipan-haters (like my mom) are willing to try a bit.

The recipe here is very simple and can be used in a lot of different desserts. It can even be tinted by simply kneading in a bit of food coloring. Expect to see this referenced in some upcoming posts.

Here’s the recipe.


Homemade vegan marzipan

Adapted from Sprinkle Bakes


252 grams • blanched almond flour • 2 ¼ cups

180 grams • powdered sugar • 1 ½ cups

4 grams • lemon extract • 1 teaspoon

2 drops almond extract

8 grams • Ener-g egg replacer • 1 tablespoon

60 grams • water • ¼ cup


Place almond flour and powdered sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer and stir well. Add lemon juice and almond extract; stir once more.

In a separate bowl, whisk together Ener-g egg replacer and water until dissolved. With mixer on low speed, slowly pour into the bowl. Mix on low speed for a few minutes until the dough comes together.

Store, wrapped in plastic wrap, in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before using.


homemade vegan marzipan
What an attractive little loaf.

Given that marzipan is a very almond-flavored dessert (obviously), I thought I’d share with you a few other almond-flavored desserts posted on here. Witness:

Rainbow mini cupcakes with salted almond buttercream. The frosting is simple, but pure awesomeness.

Maraschino cherry bread. Shamelessly pink.

Whatever these are. They have almond, I swear. 


  1. This looks fantastic June!
    Back in Scandi-land we normally order a marzipan-clad fancy cake for birthdays (in addition to at least four other cakes and patries... We go all out on these occasions :P), this would be lovely to use for homemade sponge cakes, oooor I would most likely just coat it with dark chocolate and eat it like it is, marzipan is flippin' amazing! x

  2. Dude! This is awesome! Sorry I just called you dude! It's a thing I do when I'm excited!

    I kinda don't want to get a whole package of ener-g so do you think I could replace it with either flax or regular egg? I don't mind making it non-vegan, obviously.

    1. Hey dude! :D I don't know about flax egg...I mean you could try it, but it might affect the flavor a little bit. Which could be okay. You could totally make it with one regular egg, if you wanted to. Hope you get around to try it! :)

  3. I love marzipan and would wholeheartedly choose it over fondant any day! Can't believe it's so easy to make from scratch!

  4. I just want to grab one of those marzipan slices and eat it! Great post June!

  5. I love marzipan and have been enjoying a new recipe for almond cookies that calls for almond paste. It's great to have a vegan option! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Glad you like it! Hope you do try this recipe :)