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Spiced pecan marzipan

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Makes enough to thickly cover an 18cm/7in round cake
Dietary Vegetarian
Dan Lepard's pecan marizpan gives a richer, more grown-up taste to your cakes than regular almond marzipan.


  1. Combine the ground pecans and icing sugar in a bowl and mix together.

  2. In a saucepan, whisk together the brown sugar, egg yolks, glucose, honey, glycerine, cinnamon and vanilla, then cook over a low heat whisking constantly until pale, light and piping hot.

  3. Pour this over the pecan mixture and stir well to make a smooth paste. Wrap well and leave until cold before using.


  • 200g/7oz finely ground pecans, or half walnuts and half pecans
  • 100g/3½oz icing sugar
  • 125g4½oz soft brown sugar
  • 3 free-range egg yolks
  • 2 tsp liquid glucose
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp glycerine
  • 1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Shopping List

Spiced pecan marzipan

Cooking ingredients

Dairy, eggs and chilled


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