This sorrowful portrait of Sophia Peletier before and after being infected was made by my friend Jean from Cakes with Character. Jean made this for The Baking Dead, a collaboration consisting of 50 plus cake and sugar artists celebrating the hit AMC series The Walking Dead. The Baking Dead is also helping to spread the word about Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness. You can find The Baking Dead on the web, Facebook, and Twitter.
These sugar artists come from all over the globe. Cakes with Character is located in Hicksville, New York. Each artist chose a character or scene from the show to recreate in sugar or cake form. They were asked to incorporate the emotion and relationships that are conveyed in the show and use butter, sugar, candy and cake to make you “feel” through their piece, in much the same way that the show conveys such strong emotions. Jean chose the morning and sadness that Sophia felt when she became infected. Jean wanted to convene this by showing who Sophia was and what she would become. Jean did this by showing Sophia’s two halves in an old antique frame with the broken glass.
Since the beginning of the show, the issue of domestic violence has reared it’s ugly head and continues to be an issue faced throughout the series. The Baking Dead is dedicate to all the survivors of domestic violence and to wants to link with as many domestic violence prevention and awareness organizations as possible, including the National Center on Domestic & Sexual Violence. Many in the group have been touched by or are survivors of domestic violence in one form or another and felt that this would be a great opportunity to get the word out. On The Walking Dead, Sophia’s father, Ed, is show to be abusive and it is strongly implied that Sophia was abused.
Since Easter weekend begins tomorrow, I’ll be featuring an amazing Easter cake collaboration all weekend. On Monday, I’ll be back with more of The Baking Dead.