Easter Treats: Carrot Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting and Marzipan Carrots
Easter is a big deal in the DiSomma household. For me the holiday conjures up memories of family time, Easter egg hunts, and maybe even a little bit of mischief-making in my younger years. A cornerstone of the Easter festivities in our house is dessert–in fact, having several Easter desserts to enjoy is always a must! My cute-as-can-be carrot cupcakes are topped with mascarpone frosting and edible marzipan carrots. I love this recipe because the cupcakes are just adorable and appeal to all ages.
How to Work with Marzipan and Make Marzipan Carrots
Don’t be intimidated by working with marzipan if you never have before. It’s actually pretty simple. This traditional European treat is made of ground almond, sugar, and egg whites. That’s it. It tastes divine and it’s a lot of fun because it’s easy to mold, sculpt, and dye into whatever shape your heart desires! You can find it in the baking supply area of your local grocery store. If you can’t find any—or if you’re feeling really ambitious—you can always make your own marzipan from scratch!
How to Make The Marzipan Carrots
Molding and sculpting marzipan is a pretty straightforward process. I make mine into little carrots for this recipe, but feel free to get creative once you get the hang of it. Flowers… bunnies… Easter eggs… the possibilities are endless! Here’s how you do it: Just break off a little piece and knead the tiniest drop of orange food coloring right into it. Start conservatively—you can always add more if you need it.
Next, roll the orange marzipan into a cylinder and cut it into smaller pieces. Taper one end off into a point and garnish the other end with a little piece of parsley or mint and voila! You’re ready to decorate your cupcakes.
The nice thing about marzipan is that it can last for up to 2 months in the freezer, so you can use any leftovers to make another delicious treat! Or just eat it. I wouldn’t blame you.
Pro tip: Use gloves when adding color to your marzipan so you don’t stain your fingers!
Word to the wise: Wear a pair of disposable gloves whenever you’re working with food coloring. The dye will also color your hands and some types of food coloring can be difficult to wash off.