Marzipan consists of a mixture of almond paste, granulated sugar, icing sugar and light corn syrup. It is used to decorate confections such as cakes. Marzipan can be moulded like modelling clay into just about anything you can think of. Popular marzipan shapes include fruits and animals. You can mould marzipan into frogs. If you want, you can make them even cuter by moulding them to look like they are blowing you a kiss.
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Things you need
- Green food colouring
- Round food modelling stick
- Tooth picks
- Sugar syrup or simple syrup
- Red food colouring
Knead the marzipan to warm it up with your hands, which will soften it and make it malleable. Add drops of green food colouring while you knead until you get the shade of green you want for your frog. Tear off a 1-inch piece of marzipan and roll it into a ball with the palms of your hands. Press down on it with your palms slightly to elongate the ball into an oval shape to make the frog's body.
Tear off a little more of the marzipan and roll out two string shapes that are 1 1/2-inch long and 1/4-inch thick. Loop the string shape by bringing the top end of the string down to the bottom end and pinching them together to create a hind leg for the frog. Do the same with the other string shape to make the other frog leg. Position the pinched together ends of one looped string shape with ends facing down, against the bottom left long side of the oval-shaped frog body so that the top of the loop looks like the rounded part of the hind leg of a frog sitting down. Press the pinched together ends of the legs onto the oval frog body. Do the same with the other string shape to create the right hind leg.
Tear off two small pieces of marzipan. Roll them into small 1/2-inch balls to start making the frog's feet. Press one ball to the frog body in front of the pinched together ends of the bottom of a leg. Use a modelling stick to make two evenly spaced indentations into the bottom of the round ball to make a webbed foot. Do the same with the other round ball to make the other foot.
Insert a small toothpick into the centre of the top of the frog's body. You may want to snap the toothpick in half and insert the broken end down into the body with the sharp end sticking up out of the frog.
Tear off a 1-inch section of marzipan and roll it into a ball. Press down on it with your palms slightly to elongate the ball into an oval shape to make the frog's head. Hold the oval shaped head in the palm of your left hand and place your right hand index finger on one of the long sides of the oval and use your thumb to pinch the marzipan together to make cone shaped frog lips. If you like, you can insert the end of the modelling stick into the top centre of the cone shape to make a hole, which will make the frog look like it is blowing a kiss.
Roll out two thin, 1-inch long, 1/8-inch thick strings for the arms. Flatten one end of each string to make hands. Press the unflattened end of the arm onto the frog's body between the top of the leg and the head. Bend the left arm down where it looks like there should be an elbow, and then bend it up to the mouth so that it looks like its holding its hand out to blow a kiss at you. Attach the other hand, placing the flattened end between the feet.
Roll two small 1/4-inch balls to make the eyes. Draw a U shape in the bottom of each eye to make the eyelids with a toothpick. Dab a finger in sugar syrup or simple syrup and run the syrup along the top of the frog's head. Place the balls on the top of the head to create the eyes, which should be sitting above either side of the frog's mouth.
Make a tiny ball of marzipan and add three drops of red food colouring to it. Knead to mix in the food colouring. Press the tiny ball to the frog's mouth to make the lips. If you like, insert the end of the modelling stick to make a hole in the centre of the lips to make it look like it's blowing a kiss at you.
Tips and warnings
- You can make white eyes with uncolored marzipan and add black coloured marzipan to make the pupil. If you want you can also make darker coloured green spots to put onto the frog's back for added detail.
- If your marzipan is too sticky, add a little bit of confectioner's sugar to it. If it is too stiff, add a little bit of sugar syrup to it.
- If you find that you have made a colour too dark, you can add uncolored marzipan to it to make it lighter.
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