The time change is messing with me right now. We stayed up too late the night of the time change thinking that we would get an extra hour of sleep and boy was I wrong. My kids woke up almost two hours earlier than normal Sunday morning, which mean that I didn’t get that much sleep. Plus I’m used to it getting dark so much later so bedtime for the kids Sunday night felt like it would never get here. Not to mention that Sunday night my body was telling me that since it’s been dark for the past 4 hours, it must be bedtime.
But I still want to share a good idea with you to encourage you this fine fall Monday. Instead of concentrating on the Monday blues, just take time to enjoy the pumpkins and fall colors before the red and green jingle bells take over in three short weeks.
This morning I want to share with you a tutorial on how to make Marzipan Pumpkins which make great cupcake toppers.
It’s an old tutorial, first wrote in 2009. (Yes this blog was around then.) The pictures are small and dark and I don’t even have a great finished picture. But it’s a fun project that you could easily do today and it’s a great project to do with kids, just use a butter knife instead of a shark knife.
I hope you enjoy it. If you make them as cupcake toppers, fell free to send me some.
Marzipan Pumpkins Tutorial:
Marzipan pumpkins are so easy to make and a great decoration for fall cupcakes. It’s a great way to impress your friends with minimal effort. All that it requires is marzipan, which is available on the baking aisle of your local grocery store, red and yellow food coloring and whole cloves.
Marzipan is a candy dough made from almonds. In other parts of the world cakes are usually covered entirely in marzipan, in the same way that we use fondant here in America.
To start on the pumpkins, tint the marzipan orange using the red and yellow food color. Simply need the colors in the dough. I use gel colors but you can also use the liquid dye colors. I added a small amount of corn starch to help it from being too sticky but you can also use some powdered sugar if it is sticking to your hands.
Next you simply roll the marzipan into a round ball the size that you desire the pumpkin to be.
Take a knife and make vertical marks 5 or 6 times around the ball by pressing the knife deep into the marzipan. You will finish shaping it later so it doesn’t have to look perfect.
Now take one whole clove and press it into the top of the ball. When you press it in, the pressure on the clove will help shape the pumpkin. Leave a small amount of the clove’s stem sticking out to make the pumpkin’s stem.
Voila’. Festive and very easy pumpkin that even I can’t mess up.
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