How To Color Marzipan?

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Nov. 18, 2010

What adds the icing to the cake? The crème of the bake puffed with pride. Marzipan of course! For decorative sculpting work(carving fruits and vegetables), which is really worth to chew upon, marzipan can mould in creative streaks. A spectrum of colors to the icing  can also bring out 'rainbow wonders'. So, how to color marzipan?"fid":"538842","viewmode":"wysiwyg","fields":"format":"wysiwyg","type":"media","attributes":"alt":"","title":"How to color marzipan and add the icing to the cake?","style":"border-style: solid border-width: 1px margin: 2px width: 400px height: 268px float: left","class":"media-element file-wysiwyg"Generally, the food coloring is kneaded with the marzipan piece(s) in a way it spreads evenly. Now with a wide range of food colorings available in different consistencies namely powder, gel and liquid, how to color marzipan the ideal way?
There are the liquid food colorings, which can be used but are not the most suited as they tend to upset the consistency of the marzipan. Moreover, the colors in the liquid form tend to weaken. The gel coloring is comparatively better for a wider palette of colors and is more convenient to use with its thick consistency. Powdered coloring, on the other hand, give a plethora of options to allow the artist give the exact shade he/she wants. The powder can be kneaded directly with the marzipan for light shades, or mixed with a little bit of vodka for bright shades or even dusted on the surface of the marzipan.How to color marzipan?
    The bottom line is that while coloring marzipan start with small quantities-the lesser the better.
    Take a toothpick and dip it in the food-coloring paint .
    Now tint a small part of the marzipan with the paint.
    Allow the color to settle in (mix thoroughly)
    Once the color has settled in, mix the other parts of the marzipan with the small tinted part to ensure that the color gets spread uniformly.Dust-powdered coloring on marzipan
    Take a paint brush, which is clean, with soft bristles and free of moisture.
    Touch upon the paint powder with your paint brush
    Brush a little bit of the powder on the surface of the marzipan. This will give a subtle effect of coloring the marzipan and is best used for glitter-colors, where such effects are sought.Color-paint your marzipan powdered coloring
    Here your paint powder is mixed with a little bit of vodka to get a rich color.
    A thin brush or a tooth pick can used to dip into the color and have the marzipan as a canvas for strokes of creativity.
    This technique on coloring marzipan can be best used for finer strokes, to accentuate the color effect.

If you are the kind to wield a paintbrush with creativity and want to make a dash at a beautifully decorated home-made cake(with your own hands), then marzipan is the ideal canvas for your strokes and our tips on how to color marzipan is sure to enhance your style.
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