Marzipan Animals: Marzipan is a paste made out of finely ground almonds mixed with sugar. The result is a pliable, edible, non-toxic crafting material, ideal as a substitute for modeling clay. With marzipan, the only potential side-effect with accidental ingestion is a sugar high. An incredibly malleable, alternative, whatever you can dream up, you can make with marzipan. These farm animals are a good start. With a single tube of marzipan, a small amount of food coloring, and a whole lot of fast little fingers, this project is sure to turn your countertop into a barnyard.
Marzipan can be found at the grocery store or the craft store in the baking department and is easily colored by dropping a tiny amount of food coloring in to a clump of marzipan. When dying the marzipan pink, use just a tiny dot of red food coloring because a little goes a long way with red. One tube of marzipan is enough to make all five farm animals if you are accurate with your measurements of the different colors.
First separate a quarter size portion of marzipan to make 10 natural marzipan colored discs for all the animal’s eyes. Take the rest and separate it into five parts so that all the animals are more or less the same size.
The lamb is the easiest to make because you only need black food coloring and marzipan.
STEP 1: Roll 2/3 of the marzipan into a natural colored ball, into a pea sized little beanie-half round, two pea sized oval/tear-dropped shaped arms.
STEP 2: Dye 1/3 of the marzipan black. Separate a little of the black out for the eyeballs of all the animals and the spots for the cow.
STEP 3: Taking the rest of the black, make a round head and two eraser sized black round lamb ears and two tinier eye balls for the lamb. Flatten the front top half of the head
STEP 4: Wash your hands well because the black dye tends to stain hand and assemble according to the photo.
STEP 5: Use your little knife to make a horizontal slit for the mouth.
STEP 1: Take your portion for the pig and dye it all pink using the tiniest dab of red food coloring. Mix the dye in well making sure there are no streaks. Reserve a quarter size for the nose of the cow and the rooster wattle and comb.
STEP 2: Roll out ¾ of it into a big pink ball.
STEP 3: Make six little balls- four for the feet and two to flatten and fold in half for the ears.
STEP 4: Make one squiggly curly tail.
STEP 5: Use the rest to make a bigger pink ball for the nose that will be slightly flattened onto the front of the pig face.
STEP 6: Attach all the parts according to the photo then add the eyes.
STEP 7: Poke two holes into the nose to make the pig nostrils.
STEP 1: Blend all of the marzipan yellow. Reserve about two pea-sized portions for the cow’s horns and the rooster’s feet and beak.
STEP 2: Take two pea sized portions and add the smallest trace amount of red, blend to make orange.
STEP 3: Take 2/3 of the yellow and make one big ball for the body and use the rest to make a smaller ball for the head and two teardrops for the wings.
STEP 4: After attaching the head to the body blend the marzipan to make the seam between the head and the body disappear by gently rubbing where the head joins the body.
STEP 5: Flatten the back of the body and bend it upwards slightly into a tail.
STEP 6: Take the orange and make two small feet, an oval for the mouth, and an oval line for the top of the head.
STEP 7: Attach eyes and press knife into mouth horizontally to make beak and two little cuts into the top of the comb on the head.
STEP 1: Blend the marzipan with three drops yellow, one red and one green. Mix well to make a medium to dark brown rooster color.
STEP 2: Take 1/3 to make a ball for the head and two pea sized teardrop shapes for the wings and 2/3 to make a ball for the body.
STEP 3: Take the yellow that you’ve reserved from the chicken and make a ball then point it into a cone, and two discs for the feet.
STEP 4: Take a dime sized portion of pink and add a drop of red, blend well to make a medium red then separate into a pea sized portion to roll out into a comb for the top of the rooster’s head, and a the rest to make a baguette shape for the wattle.
STEP 5: Attach all the parts then add eyes.
STEP 1: Separate the natural colored marzipan into 1/3 for the head and 2/3 for the body taking a quarter size piece off for the arms, feet, and ears.
STEP 2: Make a round ball for the body and add three black dots to the body by rolling three different sized balls out of the black and flattening them randomly to the body of the cow. Save a little black to make two worm-like pieces for the cow’s eyelashes.
STEP 3: Roll two teardrop shaped pieces into arms, then four smaller pieces into feet and ears.
STEP 4: Make a pink ball for the nose and two yellow cones for the horns.
STEP 5: Assemble all the parts, including eyes then take your toothpick and make indentations in the eyelashes
STEP 6: Make two holes in the upper third of the nose.