Orange Cream Cheese Frosting and Petite Marzipan Carrots

This sweet recipe for orange cream cheese frosting and marzipan carrots. It’s the perfect topping for brownies, cake or cookies.

This sweet recipe for orange cream cheese frosting and marzipan carrots. It's the perfect topping for brownies, cake or cookies.


This week has been a bit crazy. I had time off last weekend but it was so hot I no desire to be anywhere near my kitchen. It’s not normal for it to be ninety degrees in April. I didn’t want to neglect my blog so I have decided to post something I made at Easter. Now before I continue this post everyone must realize that I’m human. I get busy and sometimes I cut corners. In this case I cut a corner. A big corner. Instead of making homemade brownies, which we all know are better, I made box brownies (gasp!). BUT in my defense I used good box brownies. Seriously the Ghirardelli brownies are really not half bad. What I want to showcase is the frosting and cute adorable mini marzipan carrots.

Orange and chocolate has always been a classic combination and it worked wonderfully in this recipe. The light citrus flavor from the frosting mixed with rich chocolate from the brownies was delightful. The marzipan carrots were really easy to make and when I was making them it made me feel like I was on Ace of Cakes, although there molding skills are about 110% better than mine. I used gel food coloring to color the marzipan and it worked out well but I put on latex gloves so I could mix it by hand. I didn’t want to end up with carrot orange fingers.

I also used real carrot fronds to put on the top of the carrots. I just snipped off a few of the fronds and poked a hole in the top of the carrot with a toothpick and put in the frond. To make them look even more realistic I dipped a paring knife in cocoa and made marks across the carrots. The carrots are editable but they do get hard if made the night before. The only thing to remember is that when using the fresh carrot fronds do not put them in the carrots until you are ready to serve. If you do it too early they will start to wilt. If you are not wild about using fresh carrots fronds you can always just make a little green marzipan and put them on top of the carrot.


Orange Cream Cheese and Marzipan Carrots

This sweet recipe for orange cream cheese frosting and marzipan carrots. It's the perfect topping for brownies, cake or cookies.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


Orange Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange peel

For marzipan carrots:

  • 1 ounce marzipan
  • Orange gel food coloring
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Small fresh carrot fronds - rinsed and dried well

Source: Epicurious and Martha Stewart


For frosting:
Using electric mixer, beat room temperature cream cheese and next 3 ingredients in medium bowl until smooth.

For marzipan carrots:
Tint marzipan with orange food coloring, a drop at a time, to reach desired color. Divide in 12 pieces. (Cover with plastic wrap when not using) Shape each piece into a ball, then roll into logs, tapering one end to resemble carrots.

Dip a paring knife into cocoa powder. Make tiny indentations in each carrot with cocoa-dusted knife to evoke the vegetables texture. Carrots will keep, covered, for up to one week. Push fronds into top of each carrot before serving.

32 Responses to “Summertime Sangria”

  1. #
    Aggie — June 25, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Summertime is most definitely sippin’ time!! I love sangria, and I love these knives! Looks great girl!

  2. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — June 25, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I worked as a receptionist for a Cutco branch sales office in high school. Remind me to tell you about that next time…it’s an interesting one 😉

    • Brandy replied: — June 26th, 2012 @ 1:08 am

      Haha how funny! I can’t wait to hear the details 🙂

  3. #
    Sarah Caron — June 25, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Mmm. Sangria is the perfect summertime sipper. YUM!

  4. #
    Joan Nova — June 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    That’s a mighty potent Sangria – and it looks delicious!

  5. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 25, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Pass me a glass!

  6. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — June 25, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I am coming over. Seriously. This is right up my alley!! Love it Brandy! Great job.


  7. #
    Julia — June 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    My bro worked for cutco yeeeears ago. I have quite a few of their knives and I LOVE them!!!
    I also love sangria, by the pitcher. Thank you very much.

    • Brandy replied: — June 26th, 2012 @ 1:09 am

      How funny! I love the knife I was given. It really is great!

  8. #
    Keeley @ My Life on a Plate — June 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I love sangria! I skip the sugar because I don’t like mine overly sweet. I also like mine extra strong (I’m bad!), so I go without the seltzer. Great recipe!

  9. #
    Joanne — June 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    You should know that i”ve become addicted to sangria lately. And you’re totally fueling that with this!

    • Brandy replied: — June 25th, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

      Well, I always try to fuel the passion for booze 🙂

  10. #
    rebecca — June 25, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    nice recipe and summer and love the new site, very professional

  11. #
    Cathy @ Savory Notes — June 25, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Haha, I totally know what you mean about the cocktail category. I seem to throw booze into all of my recipes. But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a delicious cocktail! Also, now I’m dying for a big glass of sangria now; it looks so yummy.

    • Brandy replied: — June 26th, 2012 @ 1:09 am

      Hahaha exactly! I do love me some booze filled beverages 🙂

  12. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — June 26, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I could totally sip on this while sitting on the porch, and it’s so pretty!

  13. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 26, 2012 at 2:27 am

    This looks perfect. I made a white sangria with peaches and mango last month. I need to try your red!

    • Brandy replied: — June 26th, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

      Oh yum! Peaches and mango…I would love that sangria!

  14. #
    DessertForTwo — June 26, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I agree, it’s time for sipping & sangria is a must!

  15. #
    Reeni — June 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I haven’t commented in so long – I love your new look! And this Sangria! Definitely something I want to relax with and enjoy on a hot summer day.

  16. #
    Lyndsey@TheTinySkillet — June 27, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I love your new look. I really need to update my look too, I’m slipping behind! I love the Sangria, it is so perfect for summer and serving to your friends that come over for grilling and such. Bring it on!

  17. #
    Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious — June 28, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    What a wonderful drink! And how nice to be on the same menu with you.

  18. #
    grace — June 29, 2012 at 5:00 am

    i VERY rarely have any kind of alcohol, but sangria is something i really enjoy. the flavor of the booze can be very, very subtle, and that’s what i prefer. 🙂

  19. #
    Renée J. (RJ Flamingo) — July 11, 2012 at 10:15 am

    This looks so refreshing for these hot summer days (and nights!). I may have to toss some mango in there… 🙂

  20. #
    Renee — July 25, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Do you know a red wine that will not cause a headache. I can’t remember why, but I get a headache everytime I drink wine and most beer brands. I would love to have advice on this because I would love to try this cocktail! I think it would be a little odd tasting, though to use whiskey, lol!


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