Hi there...It's me again and this time I am bringing one of my advanced sculpting techniques used with marzipan to create a magic monkey. To be honest same techniques can be used with sugarpaste and polymer clay as well. Since this is an advanced tutorial I am breaking into 2 parts.
Working with marzipan is a bit challenging but yes worth the pain as it tastes so good and the sugar content is lesser than it would be in sugar paste,it has tiny bits of almonds in it giving a good texture to it.
There are few varieties in marzipan with regards to colour,texture and taste.
The most common one is the almond marzipan, it has 3 variations in it, the cream one that has its colour from the almonds, white marzipan is made with peeled almonds and yellow marzipan with a smooth texture.
Cashew marzipan gives a light cream to white colour and makes a smoother paste,I personally like this one as its kind of nostalgic for me since my granny made few treats and fruits using the cashew marzipan, they had various fillings in them including dry fruits and coconut.
Marzipan recipes include both cooked and uncooked recipes, it can be very crumbly at times and might take longer to dry but adding tylose powder to it can help and improve elasticity and comparatively becomes less brittle, while adding CMC powder helps it dry quicker.White and cream marzipan dries out just like sugar paste but yellow marzipan takes a lot longer to dry, depending on the oil content that is released from the nuts, the smoother the paste more the oil content and thus takes longer to dry but on the other hand the yellow paste blends so well that makes it a lot easier to model, plus due to longer drying hours it can be easier to make faces especially for beginners.
Hazelnut marzipan and chocolate marzipan are great options too.
Adding flavours and extracts can give a lovely taste and awesome smell.
While adding colours make sure what colour you are using as it originally has a cream to yellow shade and colours like blue may change to green or red into orange, in this case airbrushing is a lot easier than blending the colours in.