Celebrating Mondrian’s birthday
This Friday, March 7th, is Piet Mondrian’s 142nd birthday. As you may know, we do not mess around when it comes to celebrating artists’ birthdays, but this Dutch painter’s work has had such an impact on our project over the years that we are making a weekend of it.
Please join us at the W.C. Morse Building (our newest Blue Bottle location, that could pass as a gallery as much as it could for a café) for a little Broadway Boogie-Woogie. Slices of Mondrian cake will be available on the menu for $4 and some sweet tunes will be played over the speakers throughout the weekend.
Friday: 7am – 6pm
Saturday + Sunday: 8am – 6pm
W.C. Morse Blue Bottle Cafe
Oakland, CA 94611
When we served our first slice of Mondrian cake on May 9th, 2009 on the rooftop at the Blue Bottle SFMOMA café, we had no idea that a cake inspired by a Dutch painting would become a book cover, or that we would later teach classes on how to make it, or that SFMOMA visitors would admit to paying museum admission just to get a piece of the edible art, that it would be "instagrammed" so voraciously, or that we would finally find a way to ship it to your doorsteps.
While SFMOMA is closed for expansion, we want to keep the Mondrian cake relevant, special, and fresh, all the while creating new desserts to share with you here. In order to do this, we need to carve out some time in the kitchen testing recipes and out in the world studying artworks and then put the two together with focus and finesse. And so, as exhibitions go up and come down, so do art-based cakes on the web. This week will be your last chance to order the Mondrian cake online… until the holiday season!
If you are unable to join us for the celebration this weekend, but would like to order a cake in time for Mondrian’s birthday, be sure to place your order before noon on Wednesday, March 5th. After that, you will have to wait until December. Or make it yourself! We will be sure to keep you posted here on the holiday shipping dates, but in the mean time, here are a few a few photos sent to us by friends who have ordered and served the Mondrian cake at their special occasions, and those brave and well-equipped souls who have made it on their own. We hope you keep up the baking, the dancing, using blue food coloring at will and finding time to create your own masterpieces, edible or not.
So rare to see this cake in black + white, but we love these photos taken by Emma Pickering at a fancy 2013 holiday party.
Lost + Found makes the Mondrian cake one Sunday afternoon.
One of our beloved cake testers/cake maker extraordinaire, Ronna Magelson and her brother enjoy the mondrian cake in a 1870’s log cabin!
One of our main ladies at Blue Bottle, JoEllen, brought all her little munchkin nieces and nephews Mondrian cake for the holidays this past year!