These marzipan "daffodils" are as cute as a button and add happy pops of color to Martha's showstopping Easter cake, which was designed to resemble her real-life farm in Bedford, NY. A six-point-star cutter forms the base of the flowers, and then a flower tool that comes in modeling kits for fondant and gum paste is used to shape the inner petals.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2020


Credit: Stephen Kent Johnson

Recipe Summary

50 mins
4 hrs 50 mins
Makes about 30


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  • Divide marzipan into 3 pieces, keeping each piece in an airtight container when not working with it to prevent it from drying out. Dip a toothpick into gel paste and swipe across one piece of marzipan, starting with 2 swipes of yellow. (Use a fresh toothpick to add more color.)

  • Knead until color is even, adding more gel paste as desired. Repeat with another piece of marzipan and orange gel paste. Leave last piece untinted.

  • Tear off one-third each of yellow and orange marzipan; roll separately into 1/4-inch-diameter ropes, each 10 to 12 inches long. Cover both with a kitchen towel to keep from drying out. On a clean surface, roll out remaining yellow, orange, and untinted marzipan very thinly, each a scant 1/8 inch.

  • Cut out flowers using a 1/2-inch six-point-star aspic cutter. Make indentations in centers of each "petal" using a blade gum-paste tool (6 indentations total). Cut an 1/8-inch piece from one of the ropes and roll into a ball. Gently press ball around the tip of an arrow gum-paste tool to create a center flower "cup." Using tool, press cup into center of a flower. Repeat with remaining marzipan, creating a variety of color combinations of daffodils.

  • Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and let stand until dry, at least 4 hours and up to overnight. Store dry flowers in an airtight container up to 5 days.

Cook's Notes

Keep marzipan covered when you're not working with it so it doesn't become brittle. We used the star cutter that came in the Ateco 12-piece aspic or jelly cutter set, 1/2", which can be found at Amazon. The flower tool came from the fondant and gum-paste modeling-tool set which can be found at