Mock Marzipan – 1940s Christmas Recipe No. 217

Another wartime 1940s Christmas recipe revisited! This time it’s Mock Marzipan and you can cook-a-long with me, step-by-step on my latest video on YouTube.

This “Mock Marzipan” never fails to come out well and while not quite the same as real marzipan, it does a really good job when rations are low and it’s impossible to find some in your local shop! It’s such an easy recipe too as you’ll see in my video!


  • 4 oz soya flour
  • 4 oz sugar
  • 2 oz margarine
  • several drops of almond essence (I used more!)
  • 2 tablespoons of water


  1. Melt margarine in the water
  2. Add essence and sugar and stir
  3. Add flour and mix in bit by bit and then turn out onto a floured board and knead well
  4. Roll out and cut to shape of top of cake using the tin to use knife to cut around
  5. Smear top of cake with jam of your choice
  6. Cover with marzipan
  7. Cake can then be iced

Makes enough to cover a medium sized Christmas cake!

Much love, C xxxx

6 thoughts on “Mock Marzipan – 1940s Christmas Recipe No. 217

  1. Very interesting recipe! I have a mock marzipan recipe from my granny that is made with cooked potatoes.
    I think it was to go into baked goods, not so much to be rolled out to cover a cake.
    No, I haven’t tried it 😅

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