“Wood of Suicides” Cake by Elisabete Caseiro

Wood-Suicides-Cake-Dantes-Inferno-Elisabete-Caseiro“This was the result of a challenge made by the fabulous Kevin Martin a while ago – to create a cake or sugar centerpiece inspired by Dante’s work Divine Commedy.

“This is my first international collaboration and I’m really thrilled to be part of it. Dante’s work was not very familiar to me so It was a great opportunity to learn more about it.

“My creation was inspired by the Wood of Suicides (Dante’s Inferno, Canto XIII, 7th Circle, 2nd Ring – Violence against themselves). The suicides occupy the circle of violence. Since they have ‘denied the God-given sanctity of their bodies on Earth,’ their souls are condemned to grow into anguished and gnarled trees or bush, into the Wood of Suicides. The souls of the Suicides endure further pain and torment due to the harpies (creatures with big wings, the head of a woman, feathered belly and claws on their feet) that inhabit the forest. These harpies nest in the forest, rend the branches of the trees and feast on their leaves, causing immense pain and making them bleed. This is the only time they can speak and express their pain.” — BetySugarland Cake Design by Elisabete Caseiro (Lisbon, Portugal), on cakesdecor.com

9 Layers of Chocolate Heaven

9-layers-of-chocolate-heaven“This is a recipe for a 9 layer cake – a play on the 9 circles of hell in Dante’s Inferno. While that cake is representative of hell it tastes positively divine.”    –Dan Lipkowitz

“As a teenager, I fell in love with Dante’s Inferno, it paired nicely with the nine levels of hell in my dark, twisty, 16 year old, angst filled little mind. Make that a dramatically romantic, angst filled little mind. I’m an over achiever.

“I’ve read it countless times since, each time finding comfort in the rhythm of the words, moments of beauty contrasted in an intricately woven dark world. Of course it’s a love story, and what’s not to love about love…food is love after all.” [. . .]    –Jessica, Positively Ravenous, March 14, 2011

Contributed by Dan Lipkowitz (Bowdoin ’14)

A Divine Dessert


This delicious version of Dante’s Inferno was found on the “What Cakes May Come” Flickr page.

Contributed by Gretchen Williams (Bowdoin ’14)

Laboratorio Terzo Girone, Gelato in Bologna


 (retrieved on March 25, 2011)

Dante’s Inferno Cinnamon Flavored Candies

dantes-inferno-cinnamon-flavored-candy “These amazing little candies are hand forged by demons in the third circle of hell.”    —Firehouse Pantry

Contributed by Lisa Flannagan

Dante’s Inferno Cakes


Made by Renee Palma and Sundee Koffarnus for the Edible Books Show

(retrieved on January 24, 2007)

The Gluttony Cake


Found on Flickr

Contributed by Dien Ho

“Canto 6” Bakery and Cafe, Jamaica Plains, MA


“After tossing around potential names for almost a year, the women decided to call their bakery Canto 6, from Dante’s Inferno, where Canto VI describes the circle of hell reserved for gluttons. ‘We always thought we’d end up there,’ says Emmott.”    –Leigh Belanger, Boston.com, January 17, 2007 (retrieved on November 27, 2006)

Photo by Adam Cohen-Leadholm

Contributed by Adam Cohen-Leadholm (Bowdoin, ’07)

Sin-O-Mints: “For the Sinner in You”


Found at: Santosha (retrieved on September 15, 2006)
See also: Philosopher’s Guild (retrieved on June 7, 2013)