Marzipan recipes: homemade orange marzipan on a cake

Marzipan recipes

22 Recipes

Try our selection of cakes and desserts that make the most of this almond-flavoured baking favourite. Make your own marzipan or use a ready-rolled variety.  

Zesty orange marzipan

4.642855

(14 ratings)

Homemade marzipan out does shop-bought every time, if orange isn't your thing try ginger or cinnamon - it's simple too
  • 45 mins
  • Easy

Easy vanilla marzipan

4.764705

(17 ratings)

It's worth having a go at making your own marzipan to cover your Christmas cake - and you can experiment with adding different flavours
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

Apricot & marzipan twist

4.583335

(12 ratings)

Paul Hollywood's almond and apricot 'couronne' is crammed with fruit and nuts and is a great alternative to stollen
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • More effort

Citrus & marzipan Bakewell tart

4.857145

(7 ratings)

Swap cherry for tangy lemon and lime for a zingy spin on this classic almond pie with sponge filling and layer of fruity curd
  • 1 hour and 40 mins
  • More effort

Plum & marzipan tart tatin

4.272725

(11 ratings)

Sugar-sweet chunks of molten marzipan harmonise with sharp fruity plums in this autumn tart
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • More effort

Rhubarb, marzipan & citrus cake

4.666665

(12 ratings)

This rhubarb sponge with orange and lemon zest can be served warm with a dollop of crème fraîche or cool as a cake - a spring dessert or afternoon tea treat
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Spiced stollen plait

4.75

(8 ratings)

This pretty twist on a classic German Christmas bake is lightly spiced, filled with mixed dried fruit and marzipan, then dusted with icing sugar
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • A challenge

Easiest ever battenberg

4.666665

(9 ratings)

This classic chequerboard cake wrapped in marzipan is easier to achieve than you think
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy

Lemon & marzipan hot cross buns

4.125

(8 ratings)

A zesty twist on an Easter favourite, serve with creamy lemon curd and watch these tasty hot cross buns disappear
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Pear, chocolate & marzipan strudel

4.2

(5 ratings)

Prepare ahead and freeze this rich filo pastry pud, then cook from frozen for the perfect fuss-free seasonal dessert
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy

Marzipan Eccles tarts

4.8

(5 ratings)

This fun spin on the traditional Lancashire fruit cakes uses leftover marzipan to make irresistible individual pies
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy

Battenberg cake

4.51724

(29 ratings)

Sarah Cook's traditional Battenberg cake is a delicious project for an afternoon in the kitchen
  • 3 hours
  • Easy

Marzipan-in-the-middle bundt cake

5

(6 ratings)

Half-cake, half-stollen, this last-minute Christmas bake doesn't need to mature, and is bursting with festive flavours, mixed spice, dried fruit and nuts...
  • 1 hour and 40 mins
  • Easy

Plum & marzipan pie

4.333335

(3 ratings)

Top this deep pink pie filling with a lattice crust made of buttery sweet shortcrust pastry for a showstopping end to a special meal
  • 1 hour and 40 mins
  • More effort

Simnel battenberg cake

4.333335

(3 ratings)

This stunning Easter bake has pink and yellow squares of light sponge, sandwiched with apricot jam and is topped with balls of marzipan
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • More effort

Gingerbread man party cake

5

(1 rating)

Follow our step-by-step guide to icing a fruitcake with white fondant and marzipan, then decorate with smiling gingerbread men and cute candy canes
  • 1 hour
  • More effort

Stollen wreath cake

5

(1 rating)

The sweet German fruit and marzipan loaf recipe is adapted into a gorgeous wreath cake with decorative fondant holly icing and almond marzipan
  • 1 hour and 50 mins
  • Easy

Sour cherry & marzipan chrysanthemum pastry

5

(1 rating)

Serve this stunning cherry and marzipan dessert warm with clotted cream or crème fraîche. Any leftovers can be reheated as a breakfast pastry
  • 1 hour and 30 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian
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