Celebrate January 12, The International Marzipan Day.
By Priyanka Verma
Marzipan is one of those food items that evoke extreme reactions. Love it or hate it, it is one of the most well-known and widely used food items in kitchens and bakeries around the world.
Marzipan is a confection considered a ‘classier’ cake topping, marzipan is a firm paste made of almond meal and sugar that spreads well and holds its shape on wedding cakes and other special occasion cakes. Shaped into small animals or fruits, it is eaten as a confection at times as well. Give some thought to marzipan the next time you bake a cake or just want to celebrate National Marzipan Day!
It is often made into sweets. Common uses are chocolate-covered marzipan and small marzipan imitations of fruits and vegetables. It can also be used in biscuits or rolled into thin sheets and glazed for icing cakes, primarily birthday, wedding cakes and Christmas cakes.
Marzipan paste may also be used as a baking ingredient, as in stollen or banket. In some countries, it is shaped into small figures of animals as a traditional treat for New Year’s Day.
Made of almond meal and sugar, marzipan is usually used to decorate cakes. Its dough-like consistency makes it an ideal material to make novelty shapes and figures.
Some historians believe that marzipan has Arabic roots, while others believe that the Chinese introduced it to the world. Either way, it has now become the mainstay of holiday and wedding celebrations in many parts of the world.
You may be familiar with covering cakes with marzipan, but did you know it’s great for modelling with too? Marzipan can be kneaded and moulded easily and holds its shape really well, making it perfect for extra tasty cake toppers.
You can also add colour to marzipan with gel paste colours to suit your need, so you don’t need to stick to traditional cake decorating ideas. Take your original white Marzipan, add a splash of colour and let your imagination run wild.