Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Guest Post Wednesdays: My Love for Baking by Mary Ning L.

Guest Post Wednesdays is a new feature on my blog. I feature guests who don't necessarily blog, but have the penchant to write and have the passion for food. 

Our guest today is a young baking enthusiast. She just graduated from elementary school with flying colors -- proof that this young lady knows how to work hard -- but she still knows how to have fun following her passion: baking. When I saw her pictures posted on Facebook, I knew that I wanted to feature her on my blog. At a young age of 12, she has created and baked more goodies than I have created and baked in my entire life! LOL! When I asked her to guest post, she immediately said yes. Working in correspondence with her was a delightful experience: she's very sweet, swift with her responses and very courteous! Oh and she also sent me pictures that are just too adorable to keep hidden away in my computer files, so I'm sharing them with you. After reading this guest post, I know you will definitely agree with me when I say that this girl knows how to bake!  

Isn't she adorable?   

Her cake creations; one for every occasion. 

 and her fondant cake...

 Isn't she amazing? Friends, say hello to Mary Ning!  

My Love for Baking
by Mary Ning

I was only 9 years old when my close friend introduced me to baking and I fell in love with it ever since. At first, I only baked brownies and cupcakes but when I started watching Baking shows on TV, I was inspired to make my own cake.

My very first cake was especially made for my Dad's 45th birthday. I made Devil's Food Cake with Cookies and Cream Filling.
That's me and my Dad.
Whenever there are holidays and special occasions, such as birthdays, Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's, I would bake to make the holiday even more special. Baking not only gives me excitement but also allows me to showcase my talent, creativity, and passion for making them.

I would gladly share this recipe to all the baking enthusiasts out there. 

Chocolate Covered  Oreo Cookie Cake
This recipe is from taken

1 pkg. (2-layer size) devil's food chocolate cake mix
4 squares  BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups  thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
12 OREO Cookies, coarsely crushed

HEAT oven to 350ºF.
PREPARE cake batter and bake in 2 (9-inch) round pans as directed on package. Cool cakes in pans 10 min. Invert cakes onto wire racks; gently remove pans. Cool cakes completely.
MICROWAVE chocolate and butter in small microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Cool 5 min.
MEANWHILEbeat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Gently stir in COOL WHIP and crushed cookies. Stack cake layers on plate, spreading cream cheese mixture between layers. Spread top with chocolate glaze; let stand until firm. Keep refrigerated.

Instead of using COOL WHIP, I used homemade whipped cream and used the remains of whipped cream from the filling to cover the whole cake. i put chocolate chip morsels to border the cake and garnished the top with fresh strawberries dipped with chocolate. ^_^

Thank you, Mary Ning, for being so gracious to accept my invitation to guest blog. You are such a sweet girl. I hope you continue to bake and express your creativity in the kitchen.  

To Bing and Emily, thank you for sharing your daughter's talents to my readers. She's truly gifted and I'm sure she brings so much happiness into your nest.

To my readers, thank you for stopping by. Please help me encourage Mary Ning to continue her passion by leaving your comments. Your kind words will definitely inspire her. Thank you!



  1. Beautiful cake creations! I am now an avid follower of your Guest Post Wednesdays.

  2. I love this new feature of yours. I am also thrilled to see Bing's daughter to be featured.
    Mary Ning continue to do what you love. You will definitely grow up to be a fine baker.
    Bing and Emily: you have fostered a loving home for your daughter,keep it up!

  3. What a terrific Wednesday feature. This young lady is well on her way to becoming a great baker. I started when I was young too. I've never lost my passion for baking!

  4. What a lovely post, Malou! See, we all love and LOOKING FORWARD to your Guest Post Wednesday! So ORIGINAL!

    Mary Ning, thank you for gracing Skip To Malou's this day! Please let us know when you also decide to blog. We'll be cheering you on from the get-go!

  5. Malou, it was an honor for us that you guested our daughter Mary in your blog. As parents, we will continue to support her on her love and passion for baking. It is always a delight to see her enjoy herself in the kitchen just doing what she loves most--- baking!
    Again, thank you.

    Bing & Emily

  6. i was amazed when i saw yangyang's (as we call her back home) video where she played the guitar and sang during their promotion day at school..and now, here she is being featured as a young and good baker! i am indeed a proud cousin! thanks ms. malou for guesting our dearest yangyang in your blog..

  7. Good job Mary Ning!! Go go go with ur passion. I can you see you have lots of enjoyment n fun baking!! As a friend, I am here to support you. I pray someday you will fulfill ur dreams!!

  8. Good job Mary Ning!! Go go go with ur passion. I can you see you have lots of enjoyment n fun baking!! As a friend, I am here to support you. I pray someday you will fulfill ur dreams!!

  9. Yangyang is growing to be a well rounded person. She's intelligent, musically talented and now this! It's a wow!
    Thank you Malou for featuring her. This guest post Wednesday is a great avenue for newbies. Way to go!

  10. Mary Ning is such an inspiration. Keep it up and to you also Malou for Guest Post Wednesdays :)

  11. i love cake and as of now em truly craving from your creation keep up and hoppin you'll be a great baker and that is history.

  12. Oh my gosh, what a talented young lady Mary Ning is ! I love this cake. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I feel like rushing out to buy the ingredients right now. What a wonderful series, Malou !

  13. .i would like to congratulate you parents of mary ning...she's great and amazing at a very young age to be fond of baking...nakakainggit!!!pa​ra k yang....ang galing galing're a very talented young lady...keep it up my dear....godbless us all!!!

    Priscilla C.

  14. Yang, can't say anything else... you're amazing... a very talented girl... wish you could teach Toni, all your ideas in baking... am proud of you (of course am proud of your mom and dad, too)!

    Malou, i think il be an avid follower of your guest post wednesdays... looking forward to it... more power

  15. Medy: Thank you for always being there for STM!

    TagaTugue: thank you for the kind words...

    nancy: HI thrilled to see you! thank you for stopping by

    Annapet: I share this with you. You inspiredmekasi no.

    Ems: My pleasure. SHe's an amazing young girl, Im so proud of her.

    nikkolai: thanks for stopping by. Im sure you are a proud cousin of Yangyang.

    Tito Bong: thanks for the support. I love the cheery tone of your comment haha!

    A: thank you for the kind words. Im sure Mary Ning will read it and hopefully brings a smile to her face

    Tito wis: yeah YAngyang will become a good baker and that's for sure!!!

    Betty Ann i hope you try her recipe, being a baker yourself. thanks!

    Priscilla: thanks for taking your time to comment. Im sure Yang appreciates it too.

    Manet: Thanks my friend. We are all proud of her ... she's amazing!

  16. Wow! She's only 12 (or 13)? I'm 43 and I don't have the slightest idea of baking. Good job, Mary Ning. Your mom and dad must be very proud of you.
    Malou, it's nice that you feature Cagayano food/cooking enthusiasts in your blog.
    Best wishes...

  17. you have grown up so well sister, we are all proud of you. even though i'm not overly fond of cakes and sweets, i'm always here to support you.

    -proud brother. :D

  18. Good job Mary Ning. Keep it up, you're one of the most amazing Master Chef :)

  19. wow so so talented cool feature for your blog
    I think you should do a Filipino inspired lasagna

  20. i am so proud of you our dearest yang yang.. i'm a graduate of HRM but it sucks that i don't even know how to bake and do amazing cakes like yours.. thanks miss malou for featuring my cousin.. you made us more proud of her.. keep it up yang and be the next top baker in america..lovelots..

  21. Mary is quite a talented young lady...what wonderful creations!
    Malou, brilliant and wonderful guest post :)


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