Put the Art In Your Mouth
April 18, 2013 8:57 AM   Subscribe

Caitlin Freeman started out as a photographer, but along the way she fell in love with Wayne Thiebaud's work Display Cakes and it sent her in different direction.

Now she and her husband James Freeman bring art onto the plate at the Blue Bottle Cafe inside of SFMOMA. Interpreting art into food, like an ice cream float inspired by a Cindy Sherman photograph, a cookie plate made to look like teetery Richard Serra planks, or a Mapplethorpe-inspired chocolate-covered banana (with privacy screen), Freeman changes her offerings as the museum changes exhibitions. Here's an NPR article with her Mondrian cake and she blogs here and includes templates for some of the pieces so you can make them at home. Here's a link to the cafe's Flickr photostream where the desserts start appearing.
posted by PussKillian (9 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
This is great. Not only do they really resemble the works they're riffing on, they look tasty and appealing.
posted by sixohsix at 9:08 AM on April 18, 2013

they look tasty and appealing

They are pretty yummy, in fact: and Blue Bottle coffee is terrific. It's a long slow line, though.
posted by yoink at 9:11 AM on April 18, 2013

I've eaten the Serra planks. Thumbs up, would eat again.
posted by Theta States at 9:21 AM on April 18, 2013

posted by Juliet Banana at 9:21 AM on April 18, 2013

wow, that's cool. At the BlueBottle in Chelsea NYC all we have is the toast bar upstairs.
posted by sweetkid at 9:23 AM on April 18, 2013

I'm so in love with Display Cakes and always have been. To see a photograph of the edible deal is just a whole new delicious abstraction of cake.
posted by iamkimiam at 10:05 AM on April 18, 2013

This is well done and way cool.
posted by sibboleth at 10:49 AM on April 18, 2013

Her cookbook Modern Art Desserts was just released on Tuesday and it's gorgeous.
posted by I'myourMuppet at 3:41 PM on April 18, 2013

My husband had seen the Modrian cake somewhere on the internet recently and told me about it but we didn't know the story of the artist behind it. So thanks for fleshing it all out, this is much more interesting than just that one cake.
posted by shelleycat at 4:57 AM on April 20, 2013

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