Baker Transforms Ordinary Macarons Into Exquisite Edible Sculptures That Look Too Good to Eat

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Macarons are a notoriously challenging confection to prepare. The delicate meringue-based sweet treats are known for their sensitivity to moisture and will easily fail if the baking conditions aren't just right. So for Kim Delia to be able to craft impeccable macarons is already impressive, but she takes her skills a step further and uses the food as the basis for her amazing edible sculptures. She forms tiny flowers, animals, and even landscapes and then places them on top of, as well as inside of, the sandwich confections.

Delia began making macarons in January 2019. “It was for no special reason,” she tells My Modern Met. “I just like to eat them and I had to try it.” Once she mastered the undressed macaron, she began to inject her creativity into the process. “I only work with fondant,” Delia reveals. The icing is known for its pliability as well as its clay-like properties that lend itself to sculptural creations. In addition to fondant, she uses modeling tools, edible colors, edible glue, toothpicks, and needles to shape and put all of the delicious additions in place.

As you might imagine, macaroon art is meticulous work. “That’s why it takes so long to post new stuff on Instagram,” Delia says. But if you are interested in trying it, Delia has some advice. “The important thing is: having patience and good music or medical detective shows on in the background.”

Kim Delia creates macaron art that transforms the confection into edible sculptures.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Kim Delia.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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