Former Los Alamos Fire Marshal Mike Thompson and his look-a-like cake that Darby Martinez created for his retirment party. Courtesy photo
By Bonnie J. Gordon
From cakes shaped like Yoda or a fire hydrant to the most elegant tiered wedding confection, to a cookie bouquet, Darby Martinez, owner of Kitchen Spice and Everything Nice, can dream it up and bake it.
Yoda cake by Darby Martinez. Courtesy photo
She wants customers to be able to manage the same kinds of kitchen magic with the help of her online store.
Kitchen Spice and Everything Nice has a wide variety of kitchen essentials and a huge array of baking and candy-making supplies.
The whimsical and even whacky collection of candy and cake molds is especially fun to browse.
A visit to www.kitchenspiceandeverythingnice.com this morning yielded candy molds shaped like mortarboard-wearing graduates and a very scary dinosaur cake pan, for example.
Martinez operated her popular kitchen store in Espaňola until a poor retail economy caused her to close down a few years ago.
Wedding cake by Darby Martinez. Courtesy photo
Although she’s busy with her job in the Los Alamos County Community Development Department, Martinez missed the store. She launched Kitchen Spice and Everything Nice as an online business in December.
“I started baking with both of my grandmothers when I was a child,” Martinez said. “It’s something I truly love.”
Martinez is a certified Wilton Method cake decorating instructor and sharing her skills is another of her passions.
“I’m planning to have cake decorating classes soon, both live and online,” she said. “Be sure to like us on FaceBook to find out about special offers, get recipes and see what how-to videos are available,” Martinez said.
Martinez is stocking her website with new items every day. She’s gearing up for Valentine’s Day and the spring wedding season.
“I’ll have all the equipment you need to make an amazing custom wedding cake,” Martinez said.
Kitchen Spice and Everything Nice will inspire creative cooks to try something new. Martinez suggested making a cookie or candy bouquet for a special occasion.
With the molds and cookie cutters available on her site, there’s something for everyone. For example, how about running horses and horseshoe lollipops for the cowboy in your life?
The site carries brand name pots and pans like Nordic Ware and Wilton that will make your creations come out beautifully, Martinez said. She also has many hard-to-find vintage kitchen items. Come on, don’t you need a Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger waffle iron at your house?
Visit www.kitchenspiceandeverythingnice.com and make some kitchen magic of your own.