Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Babies Sweet enough to Eat







My Florida cousins sent me these pictures. Believe it or not, there is a woman who makes marzipan babies-- yes babies made out of frosting! And here are the pictures to prove it.
This woman has some serious talent.

Having seen real premies (prematurely born infants) I have to say these are remarkable replicas. And they remind us--- those 'buns' in the oven, well they are much more than buns or fetuses, they are little people!!! And anyone who doesn't think so--- well they really frost my cake :)

15 comments:

K.W. Leslie said...

Except they look just real enough so that eating them would be creepy.

Kevin said...

i second k.w.'s comment. cool but creepy.

FishHawk said...

The great level of artistic talent is indisputable; but who could eat such a thing??? I'm sorry. I just don't get it.

e-Mom said...

Hi Ben,

I've been lurking here for awhile. Just stopped by to thank you for these amazing photos. I really think they're fantastic.

Blessings,

e-Mom @ Chrysalis

Hollands Opus said...

I do not think that the intention is to eat them - I think that the frosting just connotes their sweetness.

Rev. Spike said...

Yes... creepy it is...

Michael Gilley said...

Yep, this is demented. I understand the making of prematurely born babies for display but to eat??? I felt sick when I read that.

Brotherhank said...

amazing, but i echo everyone else....why out of frosting? definitely a creep factor of 10...

Ben Witherington said...

Who said anyone was eating them? They're food art!

BW3

Pastor Chris Roberts said...

Well, in a time when the sacred symbol of the cross (which by the way was/is a means of execution) is made into chocolate and regular fare to buy, give to children, and eat at Easter time (when we revere the cross), eating babies should not surprise anyone.

See you on the 24th.
-- Chris in Kokomo

Shaun Tabatt said...

It looks like the marzipan babies are an urban legend. You can read more about it at snopes.com.
Turns out the sculptures aren't actually marzipan, but are made from Prosculpt polymer clay and mohair. The artist's web site is here.

Jonathan said...

Hi Dr Witherington;

dont want to spoil everyones enjoyment of the pictures; but for my exams, i recently read that these sort of pictures (along with those of Anne Gedes), showing babies in flowers ext. are actually indicitive of the materialsitic nature of society, and echoes the fact that for many, babies have been become a 'designer object', have become something that is shown off and used for personal gain. the authors compared these photos with photos of kids playing in the mud (mostly form the previous era), having fun, having scrapped knees and not being perfect ancd clean, but being dirty and real and really enjoying life.

now i am aware that these actual photos are of Marzipan babies; yet i was wondering if you would agree that these types of photos reflect the individualsitic, consumeristic, egosostical society of America?

Rev Tony B said...

Well, there is the age-old question of whether you eat jelly-babies by biting the head off first...

janible said...

I have to agree with Ben on this one. They are meant as food art, not as a light snack or refreshments for a baby shower. And I'm afraid the authors Jonathan wrote are really stretching to make erudite generalizations. The people I know who love Anne Geddes' pictures tend to get mushy over all babies and children, whether the subjects are wearing fairy wings, animal costumes, or have been playing in the mud.

e-Mom said...

Oops! So intrigued, I did a little checking too. I have to say that my findings were the same as Shaun Tabatt's. I still think they're fabulous works of art though, no matter what the medium.