Step by step guide to making GF/DF Marzipan

GF Marzipan

So I needed to make some marzipan to cover my scrumptious looking Christmas cake (Link), this is so easy to make either to cover a cake or to make yummy little marzipan bites which will make lovely little snack to put in lunch boxes, wrapped up to make a nice pressy or put out in a cute bowl for guests (or yourself).


  • 175g Golden caster sugar
  • 280g Icing sugar
  • 450g Ground almonds
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Orange or lemon juice
  • 2 Eggs (Beaten)
  • 150g Chocolate (Optional)

Note: the above makes enough to cover a 8inch fruit cake and treats, if only wanting to do one or the other half the recipe.

Step by step guide:

homemade marzipan1. Mix the sugars and almond thoroughly


2. Either by hand or on a very low setting in a food mixer (I used my dough hook),  knead in the wet ingredients




3.homemade marzipanDust a work surface with icing sugar, and then knead the dough until it resembles a nice round ball, if it is too damp add some extra icing sugar if too try add a teeny tiny bit of water.


4.Keep the dough wrapped up in cling film in the fridge until you are ready to either make into treats or cover your cake.

Note: It can be kept in the fridge like this for 2-3 days

To cover a cake

homemade marzipan1. Take half of the dough (this will cover an 8inch cake)


2. Roll out the dough to about a 1/4 of an inch.


3. If possible lift the marzipan as a whole on a rolling pin and place over the cake. If like me however and that sort of thing doesn’t come naturallymarzipan to you can put it together on the cake in pieces and smooth it over the cake.

Note: You need to let the marzipan dry out usually for around a week before icing, however if like me you have left it too late to leave it that long, pat and rub in icing sugar on the now marzipaned cake.


Treats & Cake Toppers

Marzipan BitesBasically you can be a little bit creative here, I rolled up most of this batch into little balls and dipped into chocolate, super yummy as a little snack, I am also going to decorate the cake with these little chocolate covered balls instead of a ribbon.

You can use cookie cutters too 🙂



If you liked this recipe check out some of my other GF baking ideas:

For a full list of GF Recipes click here

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