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Marzipan Frosting Babies Hoax Email

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline:
Message claims that attached photographs show cake-frosting babies made from marzipan.


Brief Analysis:
The photographs are genuine, but the babies are not made from marzipan nor are they used as cake decorations. In fact, the babies are polymer clay sculptures created by artist, Camille Allen.

Example:
These babies are made of cake frosting , but who could take a bite? THIS WOMAN IS DEFINITELY TALENTED….

Marzipan Babies
Thought you’d be as fascinated with these as I. These are made with marzipan….really unbelievable! Every detail is amazing, and they look VERY real.

Marzipan is Almond paste: a sweet paste made of ground almonds and sugar, often with egg whites or yolks, used as a layer in cakes or molded into ornamental shapes.
UNBELIEVABLE!



Detailed Analysis:
According to this email, the delightful and incredibly detailed miniature babies featured in the attached photographs are made of marzipan frosting and are used as edible cake decorations. However, this claim is untrue. Although the photographs are genuine, the babies they depict are in fact polymer clay sculptures created by talented artist, Camille Allen.

The photographs are also sometimes attached to an inspirational story about a premature baby called “The Smell of Rain” that has circulated via email for a number of years. While the story itself is basically factual, the images of Camille Allen’s clay babies were apparently added to some versions of the email later and have no relation to the events described.

Note: If you’ve seen the following emails:Camille Allen’s website includes the following statement about these emails:

“The Smell of Rain”
“Marzipan Babies” ( Or “Sugar Babies”)
“The most expensive chocolates in the world”
“She makes babies”
“This is incredible! She makes babies…”
“Elle fait des bébés….. !!! on en mangerait!!!”
“WOW! marzipan babies”

If you have seen these emails you have probably seen some images taken from this website. However those pictures are really of sculptures created out of clay by Camille Allen.

The babies are NOT made of Marzipan, icing, chocolate or soap; they are not edible.
They are not real premature babies.

Marzipan – a paste made from almond and sugar – is indeed suitable for creating frosting models and is often used to decorate cakes with attractive three-dimensional shapes. However, it certainly was not used to create these wonderfully detailed baby sculptures.

More images of Camille Allen’s babies are available on her website. The artist creates life-size baby dolls as well as miniatures. While many of the babies featured on the site are now in private collections, some are for sale via the artist’s website.


Last updated: 30 April 2010
First published: 7th December 2007
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Camille Allen – Artist Dolls and Sculptures
The Smell of Rain
What is Marzipan?

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