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How to Make Marzipan Pumpkins

Festive vegan marzipan (almond paste) pumpkins perfect for decorating your sweets during fall/autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 12 pumpkins (1" wide, 1/2" tall)

Ingredients

  • 3.5 oz marzipan (1/2 of a 7oz package)
  • orange food dye gel (or food coloring) (see notes)
  • brown food dye gel (or food coloring) (see notes)

Instructions

  • Cut off a piece of marzipan approximately 3.5 oz in weight (if you use the same product I did, it was 1/2 of the 7 oz tube) (click on the marzipan ingredient to buy)
  • Pinch off a piece of marzipan that is 0.1 ounces or about the size of a marble. This is for the stems.
  • Flatten the marzipan to make a flat disk or bowl shape. Apply one brief squeeze of orange food dye gel into the large marzipan and a very small squirt (or even just rub the marzipan on the lid) of the brown food dye gel into the small marzipan piece.
  • Knead each marzipan to incorporate the color. I strongly suggest using a glove to avoid staining your hands orange! Keep kneading until the color is fully incorporated or leave some marbling effect if desired..
  • Add more orange if desired and knead again until you reach your desired shade of orange.
  • Form the marzipan into a sphere or block that is somewhat symmetrical (just to easily cut equal pieces, it is not necessary to be exact).
  • Cut the marzipan block into half, and then each in half again so you have four equal pieces.
  • Cut each piece into thirds, so you have 12 pieces.
  • Using your hands, shape each piece into a sphere. Then slightly flatten the sphere at the top and bottom.
  • Using a toothpick, gently press the side of the toothpick into the pumpkin in various places to create the ribs. Repeat this around the pumpkin as desired (I did this 5-6 times on each pumpkin). The toothpick should rock between the top and bottom to get lines that reach all the way up and down the sides.
  • Use the point of the toothpick to make a shallow indentation at the top of the pumpkin. This will make it easier to insert the top. I made mine approximately 1/4" deep.
  • Take the brown and divide into four pieces. Roll each piece into a thin rope and cut each rope into thirds. This will give you 12 stems.
  • Round off the cut ends of the stem and insert one into each pumpkin top.

Notes

Food dye is preferred over food coloring because it has less water (moisture) in it.  If you use food coloring, be aware that using too much may start to change the consistency of the marzipan due to all of the extra moisture.
This is the set of food dye gels that I have, and I love them!  The pack comes with 12 colors which are perfect for various baking needs.  They work very well and the pigments are wonderful!
Easily make more or larger pumpkins by increasing the batch size.
Keep your leftover marzipan fresh by following package directions.