Sugar and Magic baker takes creative cakes to the next level

Sugar and Magic Cake Company owner Samantha Macfarlane says she lives for the moment when she gets to see the look on a customer's faces when a cake is delivered.

Cake artist Samantha ‘Sam’ Macfarlane is happy to meet the growing demand for creative cakes with her Sugar and Magic Cake Company in Yucca Valley.

Her clever cake designs include everything from a funky pink flamingo to a large Cîroc vodka bottle cake created for Coachella clients.

“I love doing sculpted cakes. Those are my favorites,” she said.

Holidays, birthdays, weddings, graduations and now even music festivals wouldn’t be the same without the punctuation of sugary and delightful centerpieces.

“I’m a fanatic when it comes to creating art from sugar,” Macfarlane wrote on her website. “There’s something magical about taking flour and sugar and turning it into a delicious edible work of art.”

The creativity it takes to make a unique dessert may have sparked Macfarlane’s initial love for cake designing, but the happy reactions she gets from customers seeing their cakes for the first time have helped fuel her passion. Macfarlane said she lives for the moment when she gets to see the look on a customer’s face when a cake is delivered. 

“There’s nothing like it in the world,” she said. “I am so blessed to be able to do what I love for a living. It’s my passion!”

Although a stunning appearance is important, these are still cakes and require eating for full enjoyment, Macfarlane said.

“No matter how pretty the cake is, just cut it already! Cakes are meant to be eaten, so enjoy,” she said.

Originally from Redondo Beach, Macfarlane and her husband Jack, who retired from the Navy, now live in Yucca Valley.

“We love it here,” she said. “I am never moving from this house.”

Macfarlane’s grandma had a cabin in Landers in the 1950s and she has always loved the area.

Macfarlane has two grown daughters from her first marriage and three grandchildren.

“It was my husband and girls who pushed me,” she said of starting her cake business. “I wanted to do something I love and have no regrets.”

She credits her creativity to the years she spent in the Girls Scouts of America, which she said taught her to never be afraid to try something new.

“I started in Virginia just doing cakes for people at work,” said Macfarlane.

Her family’s time based in Puerto Rico helped launch the business.

“I was busy every weekend,” she said.

In San Diego, her business was called Samantha Sweets. Now based in her home in Yucca Valley, Sugar and Magic has permits from San Bernardino County Environmental Health and a Yucca Valley business license.

For information, call (760) 830-4219 or visit

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