Edible Art: Caitlin Williams Freeman’s SFMOMA Creations

13 Oct

San Francisco pastry chef Caitlin Williams Freeman is a girl after my own heart. Her scrumdiddlyumptious desserts combine two of my favorite interests: eating and 20th century art.


SFMOMA Pastry Chef Caitlin Williams Freeman


For the past year, Freeman has been selling sweets at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s rooftop bar that are each inspired by a different work in the museum’s collection. It all started with this painting:


Display Cakes by Wayne Thiebaud, 1963.


Display Cakes has always been one of Freeman’s favorite paintings. When her husband was asked to open a coffee shop on SFMOMA’s rooftop, Freeman saw an opportunity to bring Thiebaud’s cakes to life.

Thiebaud Cake

Freeman eventually began exploring other parts of the SFMOMA collection, making these delightful creations:


Mondrian Cake



Michael Jackson & Bubbles by Jeff Koons and Freeman's Jeff Koons White-Hot Chocolate



Right Angle Plus One by Richard Serra and Freeman's Richard Serra Cookie Plate



Ocean Park #122 by Richard Diebenkorn and Freeman's Diebenkorn Trifle


Food that literally looks like art? Yes, please.

Freeman is always coming up with new treats to reflect the museum’s current exhibitions. What a great way to connect viewers to works of art. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

Want more? Click here for an interview with Caitlin Williams Freeman that recently ran on The Huffington Post.


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