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Pop Art CUPCAKES

The frosting upon Wayne Thiebaud’s 1963 painting, Cakes, is really so thickly used that i'm frequently lured to reach out, operate my finger along among perfect cake-tops to taste the sugary dessert. Thiebaud cleverly utilizes a thick application of paint to mimic the design and surface of frosting, showcasing the notion of ‘object transference’ where in actuality the paint literally assumes the appearance of the element its depicting. His work from 60s centered on mass culture was characterised by heavy, colourful pigment and solid outlines put upon stark backgrounds. The balanced and symmetric arrangement associated with the cakes shows a counter display at a patisserie and attracts the audience to visually eat the nice confections.

Wayne Thiebaud, Cakes, 1963
oil on fabric, 152.4 x 182.9 cm, nationwide Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

In her own Thiebauds series, American musician Sharon Core recreated and photographed Thiebaud’s sugary nice Pop Art paintings from very early 1960s. The photographs, focused on memory and repetition give a material form towards the coated confections. Core inverted the standard structure of painting from pictures by composing an image from a painting. Ironically, Thiebaud presumably composed his paintings from photographs which often, make Core’s art a number of pictures from paintings from pictures – strengthening the themes of repetition. The frosting carefully put on the cakes by Core to seem as brushstrokes upon a canvas imitates the paint Thiebaud put on appear to be frosting, once again engaging the concept of ‘object transference’. Issues of artifice occur because of the convolution between paint and frosting, food and fabrication based in the dialogue involving the artwork and picture.

Sharon Core, Cakes, 2004, C-print, 152.4 x 187.7 cm

Thiebaud’s ‘Cakes’ can be easily recreated home making use of a fundamental cupcake and icing recipe that's quickly adaptable to create the range of sweets based in the painting. A little bit of perseverance in addition to a piping bag and food colouring are essential.

{Basic Cupcake Recipe}

tends to make 24 cupcakes

2 ¾ c flour
240 g butter, softened
2 c granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 c milk
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. In a big bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with an electric powered mixer through to the butter becomes light and fluffy. Include the eggs, one at a time, blending really between each new addition.

In a smaller sized dish, sift the flour and set-aside. Start integrating the flour and milk, 1/3 at a time, alternating the wet and dried out. Combine well between each fresh addition and include the vanilla at the conclusion using milk.

Line a 12-cup muffin tray with cupcake papers and spoon in ½ regarding the blend. Slip into the oven for 20-25 mins. Look at the doneness of cupcakes by inserting a toothpick to the centre of a cake, if it slides on clean, the cupcakes tend to be done.

Cupcake Variations:

LEMON: include 2 TB lemon juice and 1 tsp lemon zest on basic dish
CHOCOLATE: Substitute ¾ c flour for ¾ c cocoa dust in standard dish
MOCHA: Add 2 TB instant espresso dust, 1 TB cocoa powder and omit ¼ c flour from the standard dish.
PISTACHIO: replace ½ c flour for ½ c floor pistachios into the basic dish.
PUMPKIN: Add 1/3 c cooked & pureed pumpkin, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger and 1 tsp nutmeg to the fundamental recipe. Omit the vanilla.

{Icing Frosting}

4 c icing sugar
1 package cream-cheese
milk

Start mixing the icing sugar and the cream-cheese in a sizable dish with an electric mixer. Add the milk, 1 TB at the same time, through to the desired consistency is reached.


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