little marzipan covered cakes are popular in France and
Argentina. Marzipan is made from finely ground almonds, sugar
and egg whites. It is more pliable than almond paste as it has
been cooked. This paste is rolled out to cover the cakes, which
are then drizzled with almond icing and decorated with almonds.
cup granulated sugar
cup granulated sugar
sifted cake flour
teaspoon vanilla extract
(8-ounce) roll marzipan
cup apricot jam
cup vanilla syrup
teaspoons almond extract
cups confectioners' sugar or more as needed
almonds for decoration
the oven to 350
. Melt the butter in the top of
1 1/2-quart double boiler with 1/2-inch water in the base.
should come to a gentle boil over medium heat.
2. In a deep medium
bowl, beat eggs until thick and light lemon yellow,
at least 2 minutes. Beat in melted butter and a 1/2 cup
Pour back into the double boiler;
continue to beat over medium
heat for 6 minutes.
3. Beat in the last
1/2 cup sugar and beat another 4 to 6 minutes until
mixture is creamy and thick. Pour into a large bowl.
4. Fold in the cake
flour and then the vanilla. Pour the batter
a buttered and floured 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish.
for 25 minutes, cake will be firm. Run a spatula around
edges, then turn out onto a large cooling rack.
5. Roll out the
marzipan on a well-floured breadboard. Form
rectangle by rolling the marzipan lengthwise until it is 13
long, then roll it out to 9 inches wide.
6. Melt the apricot
jam and strain it into a small bowl. Brush
cake with a pastry brush while the cake is still warm.
with marzipan sheet. Square up the cake around the
with a long non-serrated knife. Cut into 1-inch squares.
a ruler laid across the cake and cut with a sharp knife.
7. Separate cakes
so they are not touching any other piece.
Beat vanilla syrup, water, almond extract and confectioners'
with a mixer until the icing is smooth and has a
9. Pour icing
around the edges of each cake and then over top.
immediately with sliced almonds. When the icing has
dried enough on each cake, set them
into mini-baking cups that
are decorated to suit the
Color extra marzipan with food coloring, roll and cut
tiny shapes to decorate cakes.
Makes 1 party plate