Beautiful Art-Inspired Desserts
Pastry Chef Caitlin Freeman
Click through the slideshow for Freeman’s subjects, sketches and gorgeous final desserts.
Young Girl with a Ruffled Collar
Italian painter Juana Romani was part of the Realism movement.
Lemon Curd Macarons
Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss
“Inspired by a French éclair book that I have, I had the idea that éclairs and cream puffs in all-white glaze would be a great way to represent a marble statue,” says Freeman. This sculpture is by Antonio Canova.
Portrait of Lunia Czechowska
The shock of red hair in Amedeo Modigliani’s portrait inspired Freeman to reach for vibrant nectarines.
Portrait of a Woman with a Fan
Inspired by this painting by Renaissance artist Giovanni Battista Moroni, Freeman envisioned a rose tartlet that recalls the subject’s ruffled collar.
Strawberry Tartlet Sketch
Formed in a metal brioche pan, the tartlet features pâte sucrée filled with rose geranium pastry cream, whipped cream, and topped with a crown of peaked strawberries.
Freeman serves her strawberry tartlet on a vintage plate that mimics the patterns in the subject’s sleeve and coat.
Portrait of a Young Girl
Giovanni Battista Moroni’s portrait inspired Freeman to start with a “plate” made of a black cocoa sablé that is stenciled with the dress pattern and colored with edible gold spray paint.
Pink Peppercorn Vacherin Sketch
Piped meringue matches the young girl’s ruffled collar. The meringue will be filled with grapefruit sorbet, whipped cream and either spun sugar, curls of homemade fruit leather or cotton candy decoration.