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Marzipan Carrots. Where can I get them?

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celestica Sep 10, 2007 08:43 AM

Hi everybody,

I'm looking for a carrot cake decoration and I would love to find some marzipan carrots. I would settle for a sugar version if no marzipan is available but I would prefer the former. Any ideas?

Thanks!

  1. Kagemusha Jan 24, 2008 05:34 PM

    Find a good marzipan recipe and make your own. Wilton candy colours work well if kneaded into small batches for different colours. All you really need are blanched almonds and a good coffee grinder. I make up a couple of pounds at Xmas and crank out all sorts of fruit, vegetables, etc. It's really not that tough to do. Try commercially-made marzipan for practice, but DIY tastes less artificially/chemically "almond."

    1. pescatarian Sep 11, 2007 03:21 PM

      Have you tried Bulk Barn? Most of them have a pretty big cake decorating section.

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        hungry_pangolin Sep 11, 2007 02:33 PM

        The bakery on College St. in Little Italy is Riviera. Elisabeth Delicatessen in the Annex on Bloor has been closed for quite some time now, and is a chain pub of some sort.

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          Shayna Madel Sep 10, 2007 03:22 PM

          http://www.odense.com/recipes/recipes...

          I found the above after my earlier post. It has photos, so you can see what you are shooting for. The method is slightly different than the one I explained, but the look is the same.

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            pearlD Sep 10, 2007 04:26 PM

            I have found Marzipan in various shapes (pigs, witches,frogs, cats & others of the fruit/vegetable family like apples,oranges, pears etc....I used to get them at European(Elizabeth??) Meats (at the old store on Bloor Street in the Annex) I have also found them at Dufflet's on Queen Street, perhaps look at some of the stores on Roncesvalles or at some of the stores in the Bloor Street Village. It is very much a European 'thing' and generally more popular(quantity-wise) around Christmas. The ones I found at Dufflet were made for Halloween. Good Luck finding some.

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              pancake Sep 10, 2007 09:43 PM

              the bulk store at 401/weston road sells some cake decorations already made, if not the tools to make your own (icing kits, etc....). They also sell marzipan. It might not be too difficult to colour the marzipan and roll out your own.
              Its one of those yellow signed bulk stores - so might be similar chains across the gta. They also sell cakes like that at loblaws superstore, so you might be able to get some from there. Good-luck.

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                Apple Sep 11, 2007 06:51 PM

                Also this month's issue of Martha Stewart Living has instructions on Marizipan carrots. Bit of work - but I bet very gratifying.

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            Shayna Madel Sep 10, 2007 02:35 PM

            Sorry I can't suggest where to find them, as I am in New York, but they are not hard at all to make and can be made a few days in advance. The instructions are in Maida Heatter's book Great American Desserts, which I believe is now out of print. Basically, you take some marzipan or almond paste and you tint it with food coloring. I think I have used 1/4 of a package of Odense marzipan. Then you roll it into a thin "log" about 1/2" wide and cut it into 10 pieces, then shape each piece into a carrot shape about 1" long, in the palms of your hands. Then take a knife and make little lines at various points around the carrots, to give them those little wrinkles. For the carrot tops, you can cut pistachio nuts into wedges and poke little holes in the tops of the carrots. By the way, if you can get the book, the carrot cake recipe is to die for.

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              millygirl Sep 10, 2007 02:21 PM

              Pretty sure I've seen them at Avenue Road Pusateri's.

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                Teep Sep 10, 2007 02:39 PM

                Pusateri's would be big and expensive, probably not ideal for cake decoration. I also suggest making them. Marzipan can be found in many big grocery stores, in the cake section. I definitely got them at Bruno's once, and I think also at Ziggy's at St. Clair.

              2. Rabbit Sep 10, 2007 01:35 PM

                I found marzipan fruit and veg at a bakery on College's Little Italy strip... but I can't remember which one. It was within a couple blocks of the Cafe Diplomatico (also on the north). This was last Christmas (I was looking for a marzi-pig), so I'm not sure if they were seasonal or a year-round thing.

                Sorry I can't be more specific.

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                  mikeb Sep 11, 2007 07:32 AM

                  I also find marzipan in my local Italian bakery near Christmas, but not this time of year. My suggestion is to call Sweet Gallery and see what they have. I had decorative marzipan from them a couple years ago. It was pretty good.

                  http://www.sweetgallery.redto.com

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