BY LESLIE DINABERG
SOUTH COAST BEACON
Launching imaginative voyages for boys and girls since 1917, and
glorified in a 1992 movie, the ubiquitous little red Radio Flyer wagon
chalked up another adventure recently. Local cake artist Sarah Farmer, of
Sugar, relied on one in her journey to New York City’s Grand Central
Station, where she was among the 50 leading sugar artists showing off
their creations at the largest wedding cake event ever held.
said she was thrilled to be invited to the event, called Cakewalk at Grand
Central, and hosted by Brides Magazine and Martini & Rossi, but
getting her three-foot tall confection to New York was a challenge, to say
the least. The stunning, complicated, Moroccan-themed wedding cake,
inspired in part by Chef Karim’s Restaurant in Victoria Court, had its own
airplane seat, but still had to be completely deconstructed for the
Plus, the original vision of the two boxes in which the cake
would travel had to be modified into three boxes at the eleventh
“Then I had to figure out how to get these three boxes
through the airport,” said Farmer, who credits local United Airlines staff
members Tim Crews, Aaron Muller and Sean Russer with helping her — and her
cake — make it safely to Grand Central Station.
And then there’s
the little red wagon belonging to her daughter, Lily.
“It was a
Radio Flyer that my sister had found on the side of the road ... this
beat-up thing covered with leaves and rust and sticks hanging off it, and
I thought, that will work,” she said. “By the end of the trip I had named
her Lucy, because I thought this is more than just a wagon, this is my
Stretching the limits of her creativity is
nothing new for Farmer. Along with partner Kirsten Soria, who is the baker
half of the duo, they’ve created completely edible cakes that look like a
Monopoly Game, Manolo Blahnik shoes, Academy Award statues, Santa
Barbara’s downtown district, Michael Jackson and an exact replica of the
Four Seasons Biltmore Resort.
“Every artist’s dream is to make a
living doing what they love,” said Farmer, who studied illustration and
design at the Fashion Institute before fate intervened and she began
working with baked goods at Debbie’s Delights.
“For me, cakes are
clay. Cakes are a canvas. Each one is a personal challenge to me to create
something new and fantastic,” Farmer said. “Everything I have ever
studied, painting, sculpture, graphic design, illustration, jewelry
design, all comes into play when creating our cakes.”
In addition to the dozens of weddings, birthdays and events on the
docket for Sugar, coming up soon is a Halloween photo shoot commissioned
by Child Magazine. It’s a safe bet that whatever witchy creation Sugar
comes up with will not only be incredibly clever, but extremely delicious
For more information visit, www.sugarcakes.com. Sugar is open
by appointment only Thursday-Saturday. Call 683.5600 or 452.4659 to
schedule a complimentary tasting.