Yummy Tummy Bakery owner overcomes health struggles, pandemic to serve community

Letty Martinez owns both Yummy Tummy Bakery locations in Humble and New Caney. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Letty Martinez owns both Yummy Tummy Bakery locations in Humble and New Caney. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

Letty Martinez owns both Yummy Tummy Bakery locations in Humble and New Caney. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Yummy Tummy Bakery provides custom cakes and baked goods for events and weddings. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
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In addition to cakes, Martinez makes other baked goods such as macarons. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
After several years of personal struggles, Yummy Tummy Bakery owner Letty Martinez has faced her toughest challenge yet in the coronavirus pandemic. But she said she is hopeful for business to return to normal at her two shops as 2021 approaches.

“I’m blessed because we have a lot of responses from our customers; they always tell us, ‘We’re here to support,’” Martinez said.

Martinez opened Yummy Tummy Bakery in Humble in 2010 after learning to bake while working at The Woodlands Country Club and perfecting her skills as a home baker. She said her custom cakes and baked goods—such as chocolate-dipped strawberries and macarons—quickly became popular, with venues and events contacting her to cater for them.

“It was very, very hard in the beginning because the first days that I opened, nobody stopped by; nobody knows who was Yummy Tummy,” Martinez said. “But then when a person stop and try my cakes and then they put a review, ... then a lot of people started getting in here.”

In July 2019, Martinez opened a second location in New Caney’s Valley Ranch Town Center, which Martinez said is slowly building a customer base. The location features a cafe with coffee and espresso and more pastries.


However, like many small businesses, Martinez said the coronavirus pandemic limited her business. Without events or parties, very few customers ordered custom cakes. She also said many people turned to home baking as a quarantine hobby, leading to fewer people ordering from the bakery.

“You need to do what you need to do to survive; I completely understand,” she said. “But we have a lot of customers that they’re always going to come back because the quality’s from scratch, totally different, and that’s why they love Yummy Tummy.”

The pandemic is not the only challenge Martinez has had to face in recent years. She said she nearly lost her leg due to health complications, went through five surgeries and was later diagnosed with skin cancer. Currently in remission, she said the past few years have been full of blessings, as well.

“God gave me the strength that I need again, and I’m here to make my customers happy,” Martinez said. “I want them to know that I’m here; I’m back; I’m better; I’m strong, and I want them to be happy when they buy a cake from Yummy Tummy.”

Yummy Tummy Bakery

www.yummytummypastries.com

Hours: Tue.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon.

Valley Ranch Town Center location

21572 Market Place Drive, Ste. 200, New Caney

281-354-1515

Original Humble location

1005 First St. E., Humble

281-446-0450
By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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