Many years ago when I had a lot more sleep and two less children I started a little blog known as Clumsy Crafter. One of the first tutorials I ever did was a simple How to Make Marzipan Pumpkins. The pictures on that post are old and dark. The grammar and spelling errors are interesting.
So today since I’m holding on tight to fall and Thanksgiving when everyone else is running full force towards Christmas, I’d like to once again try to show you how to make marzipan pumpkins.
These are the perfect fall decoration to top cupcakes with. They’re easy and really hard to mess up. Trust me, I would know!
What’s marzipan? It’s a dough made from almonds. If you or a family member have a nut allergy, stay away from marzipan. However, you can make the same exact pumpkins using fondant. If you’re going to be taking these to a Thanksgiving party or other event involving children, I would use fondant just to be on the safe side.
To make marzipan pumpkins you need marzipan, which you can find in the grocery store in the baking aisle, food dye, cloves and a little bit of cooking oil.
A very thin layer of oil on your hands or tools will give the marzipan a smoother appearance since it is a tad bit sticky.
Mix one drop of red food dye and three drops of yellow food dye into a small wad of marzipan. If you want a brighter pumpkin, add a small amount more food dye. Simply knead the marzipan until the color is even all the way through.
Once the color is mixed all the way through, pinch off a small piece and roll it into a smooth ball.
Using a knife, score the side of the ball several times to make the vertical lines that we all know and love on the side of pumpkins.
Place the pumpkin down on a plate or piece of parchment paper and press a clove into the top of the pumpkin where all the lines intersect to make the stem of the pumpkin.
You can play around some with the shapes of the pumpkins and the lines on the pumpkins. Squatty pumpkins need just as much love as tall pumpkins. That’s what I tell Mr. Byrd.
Once you place the clove stem into the marzipan ball you’ll have the perfectly cute little tiny pumpkins.
If you’re feeling adventurous and have a hankering for cake, whip up some cupcakes and gently place the marzipan pumpkins on the top of each cupcake.
Aren’t those little buddies just adorable? Who wouldn’t want to share these cute cupcakes with friends at your holiday gatherings?
Now let’s stand up for Thanksgiving and take it back from the Christmas hype! Do me a favor and save these Marzipan Pumpkins to your favorite holiday Pinterest board.