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Topic: Can I paint marzipan? NOW WITH PICS OF FINISHED PRODUCT!  (Read 6920 times)
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« on: August 25, 2010 08:13:43 PM »

 I'm working with marzipan for the first to make my moms birthday cake (due on the 28th!). I wanted to know if i could paint marzipan like they do with fondant? My mom hates fondant (does anyone really like eating that stuff?), but she like marzipan, and she loves birds. I know I can dye it and mold it pre-coloured, but I'll need to be able to paint the birds so they're somewhat realistic. How would I prepare it and what should I use? I googled it and found a lot on how to paint fondant. Can I just use the same technique?
 Also, is there anyways to make the marzipan white? I bought some from the store, but I think it's a tan colour.

I used vodka to thin some wilton cake decorating gel colours and some patience, and voila! I did all of these (and baked the cake!) in about 4 hours, including setup and cleanup. I'm pretty darn proud of myself. This was my first time ever working with marzipan, or doing any kind of figure sculpting!
Here are some pictures of the finished birds!
Here's the gold finch:

A group shot, from right to left: Bluebird, Cardinal, Gold Finch (on toothpick), Chickadee (not on toothpick), and a Nuthatch

Some closeups!

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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2010 02:49:38 AM »

You can paint marzipan. I've seen some amazing work using that medium. Smiley

However, I can say that I've never seen a true white marzipan. I
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2010 03:50:00 AM »

i don't think you could get white marzipan, it's made from ground almonds, which aren't white
but painting marzipan should be the same as painting fondant

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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2010 09:58:12 AM »

Thank you so much!! I have to have the cake done by tomorrow (heh, thought my moms birthday was a day later than it is!). So I get to sculpt and paint birds like a madwoman today before work.
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2010 01:51:50 PM »

I love the cardinal! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2010 05:19:41 PM »

i know it's a little late, but where i live marzipan is sold in 2 different types:

- one is almost white, that's "finished"

- and the other kind is almond coloured, but it's missing sugar, so you just have to add confectioners sugar until you like the colour/consistence.
it gets less sticky the more sugar is added (and, at the same time, it becomes more and more white)

of course you can add sugar to the "ready-to-use" type as well.

your birds are great! lovely project. i bet your mom loved the cake.

« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2010 09:32:41 PM »

I actually haven't finished the cake, I'm doing the flowers (buttercream, nothing too fancy) and the frosting/decorating tomorrow. I'm hoping to post it tomorrow night Smiley
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2010 04:32:11 PM »

I'm very impressed! Who'ld'a'thunk you could make identifiable bird species from candy?

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