• Cooking Time: 15
  • Servings: 12
  • Preparation Time: 25


If you've never made your own marzipan you won't believe how easy it is. You'll never buy ready made marzipan again.


  • For the cupcakes:
  • 175g butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the buttercream:
  • 180g butter
  • 450g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk, if needed
  • For the marzipan bees:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1tsp fresh orange juice (or apple juice)
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 50g chocolate, melted
  • Some flaked almonds


  • Pre-heat the oven to 175°C and pop 12 cupcake cases into a muffin tray. Set aside.
  • To make the cupcakes, add the butter and caster sugar to a bowl and mix well until combined.
  • Add the vanilla extract and the eggs one at a time mixing well after each egg.
  • Finally, add the flour to the mixture and mix well, making sure you get all the flour off the edges of the bowl! This should now give you a smooth batter.
  • Spoon an equal amount of batter into each cake case and pop into the oven for around 12-15 minutes or until firm and golden brown. Put aside to cool.
  • To make the buttercream:
  • Pop icing sugar, butter and vanilla into a bowl and beat until a smooth thick buttercream is formed. If the buttercream is too stiff then add a little milk to loosen it up.
  • If you want to do different coloured icing like I did, divide your buttercream into three and use food colouring to reach your desired colour for each batch. I used Sugarflair colours Daffodil, Tangerine/Apricot and Pink.
  • To make the marzipan bees:
  • Put all of the marzipan ingredients into a bowl and mix up until a firm ball is made.
  • Roll 12 individual balls from this (for bees).
  • Stick 2 flaked almonds into each bee to make wings.
  • Put your melted chocolate into a piping bag, snip off the end and use it to create stripes and eyes to complete your bees!
  • To decorate:
  • Spoon your buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 2D nozzle then use it to pipe buttercream roses. To do this start from the middle of the cupcake and make a couple of outward circles stopping when you reach the edge of the cupcake.
  • Pop a marzipan bee onto each cupcake.
  • ENJOY!

Categories: Cupcakes 

Author Credit: Jamie's Cookery

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