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

4.615385

(13 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

4.666665

(12 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

4.7

(10 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

4.11111

(9 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

4.636365

(11 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

5

(5 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

5

(5 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

(7 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

5

(4 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

4.714285

(21 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

(3 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

4.5

(2 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

(2 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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