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Easy Homemade Marzipan

This Easy Homemade Marzipan is a delicious and achievable recipe which takes no more than 15 minutes to prepare. Perfect for marzipan sweets, cake coverings or decorations. 
Prep Time15 mins
Resting Time2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 450 grams
Calories: 6kcal


  • 300 g ground almonds
  • 150 g icing sugar plus extra for dusting
  • 110 g caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1 egg medium size
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract optional


  • Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Once combined use your hands to knead into a smooth dough.
  • Dust extra icing sugar on the work surface and tip the dough out on top of it. Still using your hands roll the dough together until it forms a smooth ball with almost no stickiness.
  • Wrap in cling film and flatten the ball slightly to make it easier to roll out once ready.
  • Store in the fridge for at least 2 hours for the flavours to settle and the sugar to dissolve.


Almond Extract. If you are using home ground almonds then the almond taste might be strong enough for you. Shop bought ground almonds are blander so you might want to amp up the taste with the extract.
Storage. The marzipan contains raw egg. However the sugars helps prevent bacteria from growing. If you wrap the marzipan up well in cling film you can keep it in the fridge for up to a week.
Cake covering. If you are using this marzipan to cover a traditional fruit cake then you must let the marzipan completely dry before covering with royal icing (at least 2 days). The royal icing will prevent moisture getting to the marzipan and the iced cake can keep between 1-2 months in a cool dark place.


Calories: 6kcal | Calcium: 1mg