From the desk of FRANK - 08/09/2014
In today's "From the desk" posting, we explore desserts with modern art influences -- specifically a Piet Mondrian cake served at a certain modern art museum that is taking the art world by storm. We invite you to share your own experiences with art-themed baking in the comments, or on Twitter @FrankGallery1.
The SFMoMA Mondrian Cake
At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the pastry chéfs at Blue Bottle Bakery have served up a delightful cake made to resemble artist Piet Mondrian's famous geometric artworks. An original (Composition No. III ) hangs in the SFMoMA today, and thus the museum café boasts a nod to his art in dessert form. As excerpted from this NPR article on the subject:
" [T]he café's most popular item [is] a dessert inspired by the art of Piet Mondrian, featuring geometric blocks of white velvet cake, colored red, blue and yellow, stacked together and 'glued' with chocolate."
This SFMoMA café features many other desserts inspired by modern art, and the pastry chéfs have even published a recipe book that explains how to bake their creations from the comfort of your home. However, after browsing through the cookbook myself, I noticed that these are not easy recipes. From page 80, the beginning of the Mondrian cake recipe: "The Mondrian cake is a multiday project that takes... preparation before it can be assembled." Yikes!
That being said, I hope that this posting has inspired you to consider more ways to incorporate art into your daily life, including but not limited to baking.