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Marzipan Tree Cake Decorations DIY

All you need are three items from the grocery store to create this magical forest of evergreens. They can be made several days ahead of time. You know that saying –  “You can’t always see the forest through the trees?”  Well, this time, you can eat your way through the forest, it’s completely edible!

Marzipan Tree Cake Decorations DIY | Oh Happy Day! Marzipan Tree Cake Decorations DIY | Oh Happy Day! Marzipan Tree Cake Decorations DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Materials needed: marzipan (2 boxes), green sanding sugar, green sprinkles, green jello, pretzel sticks, bamboo skewer

Step 1: Pinch about 2” of marzipan off and begin kneading it in your hands.
Step 2: Roll into a cone shape.
Step 3: Insert skewer in base of tree and make a little hole. Insert pretzel into hole. (You could skip the skewer and just use the pretzel but be careful not to break the pretzel).
Step 4: Lightly dampen your fingers and then dampen the marzipan. (This will help the sugar stick to the marzipan).
Step 5: Roll the dampened marzipan into the sugar or sprinkles.
Step 6: Set aside and repeat. I was able to get about 9 trees out of one box of marzipan. Insert into cake and enjoy!

Marzipan Tree Cake Decorations DIY | Oh Happy Day!Marzipan Tree Cake Decorations DIY | Oh Happy Day!

PS: These could also be used for cute little cupcake toppers.

Photography by Tim Gibson

  1. Christina

    November 26, 2014

    Neat! What is the green jello for?

  2. chiara

    November 26, 2014


    Hi Christina ~ great question, sorry I didn’t explain that fully. I used it the same way I did the sprinkles. So Step 5: Roll the dampened marzipan in the sprinkles, sugar or powdered jello. (It made that light green you see on the tallest tree). Thank you for your comment! ~Chiara

  3. Jessica

    November 26, 2014

    This is so cute, love it x

  4. Meredith

    November 26, 2014

    This is such a brilliant idea! I love how fun and whimsical the little trees look. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  5. She's Poised

    November 26, 2014

    Marzipan is my favorite!!

  6. Monique | WritingMonique

    November 27, 2014

    These look beautiful and so cute! Perfect for Christmas dessert this year :)

  7. Tracy R.

    November 27, 2014

    Love these! I’m inspired and can’t wait to try this.

  8. Leslie Rossi

    November 27, 2014

    These are adorable! I now need an excuse to make a cake to use these, hmmmm who wants to have an impromptu party?!


  9. Yie

    November 27, 2014

    Always the best ideas! I can already see these on the table for Christmas dinner, yum!

  10. Giuku

    November 28, 2014

    Great idea for this Chrismas. Thank you

  11. Louise

    November 28, 2014

    This is such a great cake. Love how simple it is, but still super pretty <3 Gonna make this for my holiday 😀 thanks

  12. Anne-Charlotte

    November 28, 2014

    This is such a great idea! In love with this cute cake!

  13. sara

    November 30, 2014

    OHHHH I like, like, like!!! glg

  14. claire

    November 30, 2014

    love this! So festive :)

  15. patricia from pop-a-porter

    December 2, 2014

    j’adore ! c’ést super cute :-)

  16. Merrygoroundgirl

    December 2, 2014

    I didn’t know about your blog but now that I discovered it, I must say that you’re a great artist, this is so beautiful!

  17. kari

    December 5, 2014

    How did you achieve the different hues of green? I think the mix of colors is what makes it so pleasing, but if the jello gets you the lightest green, what gets you the darkest?

  18. kari

    December 5, 2014

    Oh! Never mind. I see now that it’s sprinkles.

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