How to Color Marzipan

Marzipan is often used to decorate cakes and other desserts. Marzipan contains more sugar than almond paste, but it has a similar texture and appearance. The paste can be shaped into objects such as fruits and animals, or it can be applied to the cake in a flat layer to resemble icing. Adding food colouring to marzipan changes the colour of the paste, and it allows you to create a wide range of decorations. Colours can be combined with the paste to create many different hues and shades to make realistic looking objects.

Separate the marzipan frosting into sections. Only remove the amount of marzipan that you plan to colour.

Add 2 to 3 drops of food colouring into the marzipan. Knead the paste to mix the food colouring well.

Add more food colouring to reach the desired colour.


Use food colouring paste when possible because the liquid can change the consistency of marzipan. Store leftover marzipan in an airtight container.


Wear latex gloves when working with marzipan because it is sticky.

Things You'll Need

  • Food colouring
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