20 Aug2009

bday cake3

I have been meaning to try Bettyq’s famous chocolate cake recipe for the past year. But somehow I just never got around to it. So the Teen took it upon herself to bake the cake last night and decorated it this morning for my birthday. Betty, it was DELICIOUS. Really nice and moist and chocolatey. Thank you so much again for sharing that recipe. The Teen had a pretty easy time with the recipe, and used chocolate milk instead of buttermilk. She used unsweetened chocolate because that’s what we had in the house. For those of you who wanted to try the recipe, it is in an old post, here (scroll down to the comments section to look for the recipe).

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The teen decided to make her own icing for the cake, rather than use a chocolate icing, because she wanted to add color to the cake. It was really good. And a second cake was decorated with a Jackson Pollock style splattering of icing… :) Thank you Betty for the recipe. Thank you to the Teen and Mrs. MM for the fantastic cake!

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  1. Emily says:

    Happy Birthday, MM!! Looks like a delicious way to celebrate, courtesy of the Teen and prepared with a huge sprinkling of TLC!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:00 pm


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  3. betty q. says:

    Teen: when you get the chance and if your dad can find the other one buried among his “messy files”, I urge you to make that one!!!!!

    OH, you’re very welcome, MM and May the Good Lord continue to Bless you with happy, healthy years to come!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:15 pm

  4. cumin says:

    Happy birthday, MM! I liked the top photo. Jackson Pollock to you looks like Bird’s Nest to me! :-)

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:15 pm

  5. angela says:

    Happy birthday, MM! Thank you for sharing your passion for food, etc. to us. God bless!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:15 pm

  6. Lilibeth says:

    Happy birthday MM! God bless!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:15 pm

  7. sanojmd says:

    whoa! you did not hide your age??? i attest that cake is soooo good.. i also made it almost 2 months ago.. eventhough i’m not so good at baking, felt like a pastry chef after baking and tasting betty q’s chocolate cake recipe.. followed it to the letter except for the brewed coffee i used espresso instead with the same amount.. thanks betty q.. and thanks MM for this wonderful site.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:18 pm

  8. Brenda says:

    Happy Birthday MM!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:20 pm

  9. Marketman's Fan says:

    Happy 45th Birthday Marketman!
    You are a spring chicken!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:24 pm

  10. Gay says:

    Happy Birthday, MM! Here’s to more joys in cooking and eating and sharing with us :)

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:31 pm

  11. pedro says:

    happy birthday !

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:33 pm

  12. greengrapecake says:

    happy birthday marketman! easy on the calories old man. hehehe. cheers and many returns! :)

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:35 pm

  13. greengrapecake says:

    happy birthday marketman. easy on the calories old man. hehehe. cheers and many returns! :)

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:37 pm

  14. katwinamawie says:

    happy birthday! what a wonderful daughter you have there… :)

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:42 pm

  15. diwata says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MM… I was born in August also but under the Leo sign… You’d be a Virgo na, right?

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:42 pm

  16. tna says:

    Save us a slice! Cheers on your 45th!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:44 pm

  17. lyna says:

    Happy Birthday!! May you continue to be blessed with good health

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:48 pm

  18. pegi says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! May GOD shower you with good health, peace and happiness. More power, Mr. MM!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:49 pm

  19. suzette says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MM!!! eyeball, eyeball, eyeball (chanting)… :)

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:53 pm

  20. Jaja says:

    Happy birthday!!!! May God continue to bless you and give you good health always :D

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:54 pm

  21. marcial bonifacio says:

    maligayang kaarawan MM!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:54 pm

  22. Fred says:

    Happy Birthday MM!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:55 pm

  23. victor says:

    happy Birthday!!!!! Marketman,,,,

    Aug 20, 2009 | 3:59 pm

  24. Mameng says:

    Hi Marketman:

    Happy Birthday!!! Am new to your site and I just have to say I luv it, am an amateur cook who loves to eat so I like the features in your site.

    Will try your bicol express recipe this weekend, will let you know how it goes :)

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:00 pm

  25. mudra says:

    Happy Birthday, MM! Happy New Year! =)

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:10 pm

  26. Batangueno says:

    Maligayang pagbati sa iyong kaarawan Marketman!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:12 pm

  27. ay abaw says:

    Happy birthday, MM!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:14 pm

  28. Dea says:

    Happy birthday, Marketman!

    I’ll try that chocolate out the soonest, it will be my first chocolate cake.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:15 pm

  29. Ging says:

    Happy Birthday MM!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:19 pm

  30. consol says:

    happy happy birthday!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:21 pm

  31. Susie says:

    Happy Birthday from Cebu! I am older than you by 9 days…wonder if we were in the same hospital nursery?!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:23 pm

  32. Lei says:

    happy birthday MM!!!

    and to The Teen, good job again on the cake. it seems that you are growing up to be one adept baker. =) it’s so nice to see you baking your folks their birthday cakes, so very thoughtful and loving of you.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:24 pm

  33. Marketman says:

    Susie, I was delivered at Cebu Doctors Hospital. I wouldn’t be surprised if we were in the same hospital… :) Thank you all for such wonderful greetings, I really appreciate them. Thanks!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:26 pm

  34. denise says:

    happy birthday MM! and I think The Teen will make great use of your baking equipment and that baguette basket you bought :D

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:27 pm

  35. Xed says:

    Happy Birthday MM!!!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:27 pm

  36. joey says:

    Happy Birthday MM!!! :) The cake sounds fantastic and am now rushing to that link to get the recipe (thanks BettyQ)!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:29 pm

  37. Lenlen S. says:

    Happy Birthday MM!!!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:35 pm

  38. k. ramos says:

    Happy birthday, MM! What a coincidence – my father and sister’s birthdays were yesterday, and mine was on the day before. And it’s Quezon City Day yesterday and Ninoy day tomorrow (no classes on both days hehe). I LOVE August! :D

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:39 pm

  39. ArieL says:

    Happy Birthday MM…nice cake, I like the icing design.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:46 pm

  40. joyce says:

    happy bday! =) the cake looks great. thanks for taking the time to maintain this wonderful site. ganbei!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:47 pm

  41. Gej says:

    Happy Birthday MM! Have a great year ahead , and many posts for us to learn from and enjoy.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 4:47 pm

  42. Joanne says:

    betty q, this is very late but may i please have the recipe of your other, special choco cake? Or has that been posted here na?

    Just in case, Im at jgp_@hotmail.com

    Thanks in advance!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 5:01 pm

  43. Joanne says:

    Happy birthday, MM! Have a great one! cheers!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 5:02 pm

  44. sister says:

    Happy Birthday! May you have many more years of food and wine, markets everywhere, and other happiness.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 5:03 pm

  45. mbv says:

    happy happy birthday mm!
    Good health & happiness…cheers to you!

    btw mm, i visited d area. It seems i made the right choice for my culinary studies. I’m enrolled.

    Betty q, remind ko lng ur award winning recipe pls. Tnx again

    Aug 20, 2009 | 5:06 pm

  46. Joni says:

    Happy Birthday MarketMan! :)

    Aug 20, 2009 | 5:08 pm

  47. kyang2x says:

    Happy bday MM! Drooling over the cake…

    Aug 20, 2009 | 5:27 pm

  48. terrey says:

    happy happy birthday MM…may you and your family be blessed more and more.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 5:33 pm

  49. Blaise says:

    Happy Birthday Marketman. My wish is that you will no longer encounter irritating rants… sorry to bring it up but just read your post about Power Mac. Congrats to The Teen for that good-looking and -tasting cake! :) Blessings

    Aug 20, 2009 | 5:39 pm

  50. Divina says:

    Happy Birthday Mr. Marketman.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 5:40 pm

  51. sggirl says:

    happy birthday!

    bettyq – could I have a copy of the recipe of your other choco cake??? my email is sggirl2407@yahoo.com

    Aug 20, 2009 | 5:41 pm

  52. Marketfan says:

    The first cake reminds me of the Beijing Bird’s Nest. Happy Birthday, MM.
    Nice job, Teen. I’m sure it tasted extra delicious because you baked it for your dad.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 5:41 pm

  53. ryanclaw says:

    Happy birthday Marketman!! I’ve been reading your blogs for sometime now. I seldom leave a comment but since it’s your day my fingers force me to write one. Keep it up!! ;) Gob Bless

    Aug 20, 2009 | 5:45 pm

  54. sonnysj says:

    Happy Birthday MM.
    just like cumin, the cake reminds me of the Bird’s Nest – the stadium of the Beijing Olympics.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 5:45 pm

  55. Mila says:

    Happy Birthday MM!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 5:50 pm

  56. GayeN says:

    Happy Birthday MM!!

    Mrs. MM & the Teen did an excellent job with the cake. It looked so yummy!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 5:54 pm

  57. farida says:

    Happy birthday MM. Enjoy your day. May you have many more.
    I, too, tried bettyq’s recipe and everyone loved it.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 6:24 pm

  58. chinachix says:

    Happy birthday! Very curious to try Bettyq’s recipe for my daughter’s upcoming birthday….

    Aug 20, 2009 | 6:36 pm

  59. natie says:

    HAPPY, HAPPY Birthday, MM!!!!!!!!!!!! Yum cake!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 6:49 pm

  60. dizzy says:

    congratulations to The Teen for a wonderful cake and happy birthday to you, Mr. MM!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 6:50 pm

  61. Gina says:

    For each new morning with its light,
    For rest and shelter of the night,
    For health and food, for love and friends,
    For everything Thy goodness sends.
    ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Happy birthday, MM.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 6:54 pm

  62. thelma says:

    happy birthday,mm…
    good job, teen!the cake lookd delicious!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 6:58 pm

  63. Ally says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!Hope it was a good one

    Aug 20, 2009 | 7:00 pm

  64. Connie C says:

    I am celebrating MM’s birthday by baking bettyq’s chocolate cake today. I already got the buttermilk and will slather ganache on it. Yummm. We might eat it the next day. As bettyq says, it is better the day after.

    Happy B day again, MM! you know already how your blog has made a difference in a retiree’s life like me, so have many many more happy blogging days ahead, rants and all!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 7:09 pm

  65. belle says:

    happy happy birthday marketman!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 7:14 pm

  66. bengski says:

    That’s a wonderful-looking cake.
    Happy birthday Marketman!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 7:17 pm

  67. charmaine says:

    Happy Birthday MM!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 7:23 pm

  68. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Congrats to the Teen for her awesome interpretation of BettyQ’s cake.

    MM, you were probably born in Chong Hua Hospital or Perpetual Succour Hospital. Cebu Doctors Hospital was still a pipe dream of my father 45 years ago.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 7:33 pm

  69. panache says:

    Maligayang Kaarawan MM

    Aug 20, 2009 | 7:46 pm

  70. smiles4angels says:

    Happy birthday sir! :)

    Aug 20, 2009 | 8:08 pm

  71. calorie-shmalorie says:

    All the best to you Marketman. Happy Birthday!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 8:38 pm

  72. aggy says:

    beautiful cakes! happy bday mm! a long and healthy life to you!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 8:43 pm

  73. Susan says:

    Happy birthday MM! Good health and happiness always!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 8:45 pm

  74. Maricel says:

    Happy Birthday MM! God bless you always.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 8:52 pm

  75. moni says:

    Happy birthday MM. May the Lord keep you and bless you more in the years to come.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 9:07 pm

  76. chrisb says:

    Happy birthday MM! I think between you and Bettyq, (and other recipe sharers) you have enough material for a couple volumes of a MM “community” recipe book. =)

    Aug 20, 2009 | 9:11 pm

  77. Angela says:

    Happy birthday, MM! May you have many, many more years of exploring markets :)

    Nice job on the cake, Teen. I’m sure it was extra special because you made it for your dad.

    Thanks, Betty Q., for always sharing your tips and recipes.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 9:16 pm

  78. Angela says:

    Hey. . .I didn’t know there was another “special” chocolate cake. If you find the time, would appreciate if you could forward me that recipe, Betty Q. Or perhaps MM could post? Pretty please?

    Aug 20, 2009 | 9:20 pm

  79. Maria says:

    Happy birthday MM. The cakes are awesome – well done to the Teen.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 9:22 pm

  80. jessica says:

    Greetings and wishes for a happy birthday and many more years of happiness and good health! God bless you!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 9:24 pm

  81. Angela says:

    Sorry, forgot to add my email addy. In case you want to email the recipe for the other choco cake, please email it to:



    Aug 20, 2009 | 9:27 pm

  82. tulip says:

    happy birthday and BURPday!
    I’m sure there were great meals throughout the day :)

    Aug 20, 2009 | 9:44 pm

  83. s says:

    happy birthday, mm! have a good one. cheers!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 9:45 pm

  84. marguerite says:

    Happy Birthday!!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 9:46 pm

  85. meng says:

    happy bday mm more birthdays to come, more happy years ahead

    Aug 20, 2009 | 9:48 pm

  86. JENNIE says:

    Happy Birthday MarketMan…

    Many more birthdays & posts to come…

    Aug 20, 2009 | 9:52 pm

  87. edel says:

    Happy Birthday, MM =)

    Aug 20, 2009 | 9:57 pm

  88. trinam says:

    Happy Birthday MM! May you have many more to celebrate!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 10:10 pm

  89. Tracy Sison Torre says:

    Happy Birthday, MM! Thanks for sharing the culture and cuisine of the Philippines with the world.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 10:19 pm

  90. lemony says:

    Happy birthday, MM!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 10:44 pm

  91. deirdregurl says:

    happy, happy birthday to you,MM. cheers!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 10:46 pm

  92. britelite says:

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for sharing yourself with us–healthy years ahead please.

    Aug 20, 2009 | 10:59 pm

  93. Mom-Friday says:

    “LIVE, LOVE, EAT!” — Wolfgang Puck.
    Happy birthday MM! Thank you for sharing your love for food and wonderful discoveries here…one of which I have shared on my recent post: https://mymomfriday.blogspot.com/2009/08/sauce-express-aligue-pesto.html
    Lucky you for having a thoughtful teen, I will try Betty’s recipe soon! :)

    Aug 20, 2009 | 11:02 pm

  94. chloe says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MM! The cake looks so yummy!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 11:07 pm

  95. Marisa says:

    Happy Birthday MM!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 11:14 pm

  96. Cookie says:

    Happy birthday!!!

    Chocolate cake looks really good – will try to do this weekend! yum!!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 11:14 pm

  97. Bong says:

    Happy Birthday MM!!!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 11:17 pm

  98. faith says:

    “You are only young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime.” -John P. Grier

    Happy birthday, MM!^___^

    Aug 20, 2009 | 11:17 pm

  99. Tuesdayy says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MM!! Cheers!!

    Aug 20, 2009 | 11:24 pm

  100. noes says:

    Happy Birthday MM! How young are you? lolz

    Aug 20, 2009 | 11:54 pm

  101. Botchok says:

    Happy Birthday MM!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 12:26 am

  102. homebuddy says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you MM! MAY GOD BLESS YOU TODAY AND ALWAYS. Since the teen has announced your age,will the MM identity now be revealed too?

    Aug 21, 2009 | 12:30 am

  103. maia says:

    happy birthday, MM! you are a gift to us all.. thank you.

    hi mam bettyq. i admire you so much. i was able to follow the comments section where you gave a chocolate recipe but then you also mentioned of another recipe which you will just send by email? if so, may i be emailed that one too please? thanks a lot!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 12:39 am

  104. betty q. says:

    Mom-Friday: you pasta dish there sure looks nakakagutom! I will make it for supper tonight…don’t have much bottled aligue left but have lots of XO so maybe I will mix them together…HAAAAY! Paano na ba papayat people like me! OK: this is really deadly….aligue with XO pasta! MM….if I don’t comment on anything in the next few dys, that means I croaked!….hahaha….

    Doc,…when you make the XO, huwag mo ako sisisihin pag medyo napadami ang kain mo. Better yet, ipamigay mo na lang . Send some to San! On second thought, better not…pati ikaw sisisihin if she ends up eating more because of it!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 12:44 am

  105. millet says:

    happy birthday, MM! more food, more adventures and more people to meet!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 12:59 am

  106. Tricia says:

    Happiest Birthday wishes to you MM!

    God bless you for your generosity. Thanks so much for your help in finding the flower supplier on 28th st in NYC. I made a lily of the valley bouquet for my sister’s wedding. The place really like a Dangwa in NYC. Except the choices are really awesome. Thank you! :)

    By the way, we’re both August birthday celebrators. Mine is on August 29.

    Aug 21, 2009 | 1:04 am

  107. Teresa says:

    Happy Birthday MM! Wish you many more celebrations to come! That’s so sweet of the Teen to bake you a cake. This is priceless! The cake looks delish! I had to jump to bettyq’s recipe so I can copy it try it out one of these days. Looking at your yummy cake makes me crave for a slice right now :-)

    Aug 21, 2009 | 1:12 am

  108. Connie C says:

    Hi BettyQ. so far so good. My temperance genes are ruling out, thanks to my Mom.

    I only snack on XO (store bought) pag mamamatay na ako sa gutom, I’ll try it with pasta or Chinese noodles or udon with a dash of seasoned rice vinegar. But first, I must get hold of the dried scallops, still traveling in midair or train. I hope postal services don’t close up on them….P.O. having financial diffculties here. But don’t croak yet. I am trying to be good to be in glutton mood come EB. I am already buying my plane tickets. How ’bout you?

    Aug 21, 2009 | 1:18 am

  109. angelbride says:

    Maligayang kaarawan po MM! :-)

    Aug 21, 2009 | 1:18 am

  110. Riza Arellano says:

    Happy Birthday Market Man! Mmmm, yummy looking cake.

    Aug 21, 2009 | 1:24 am

  111. Jade186 says:

    Happy Birthday and all my very best wishes!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 1:29 am

  112. kim says:

    Happy Birthday, MM !!! we look forward to more food adventures in the coming years : )

    MS BETTY Q … this is the same recipe i saved from the old posts … can i also have “the other one” pls ??? i might try both when i go on maternity leave : ) pls email to smapinmo@yahoo.com … thanks in advance !!!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 1:47 am

  113. betty q. says:

    Doc, I am beginning to think maybe Canada Post sent it through PONY EXPRESS at sa bigat ng package, maybe the PONY had to take several rest stops!!!!!…hahahahahaha

    Aug 21, 2009 | 2:04 am

  114. fortuitous faery says:

    Happy Birthday, MM! Home-made birthday cakes, especially made by loved ones, have that special ingredient you can’t find in bake shops: LOVE!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 2:21 am

  115. Mari says:

    Happy Birthday MM! More power to you! Good health and many blessings to you! May you continue to share your knowledge on everything that you encounter with food.Love the Teen’s chocolate cake for you.

    Aug 21, 2009 | 2:44 am

  116. Jing from Seattle says:

    Happy Birthday MM! May God continue to bless you and your family!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 3:10 am

  117. mabs says:

    Happy Birthday Marketman and many more to come! Enjoy!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 3:33 am

  118. bebot says:

    Happy Happy Birthday, long life and good health to you.

    Aug 21, 2009 | 3:38 am

  119. zap says:

    Happy birthday, MM! And thumbs up to the Teen, very creative! :)

    Aug 21, 2009 | 3:52 am

  120. edee says:

    maligayang bati sa iyong kaarawan MM :)

    Aug 21, 2009 | 4:35 am

  121. Marketman says:


    Aug 21, 2009 | 6:10 am

  122. elit says:

    Pahabol naman! Happy birthday MM!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 6:27 am

  123. linda says:

    Happy Birthday,gorgeous! May you have much more to come!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 6:39 am

  124. marilen says:

    Cannot miss this opportunity to wish you a very happy birthday, MM! You and your family bring much delight to this shared blogosphere! You are a Renaissance man to me, with your varied interests.

    Aug 21, 2009 | 7:20 am

  125. chinky says:

    Happy Birthday, MM!

    MM/BETTQ: clicked on the old post for the chocolate recipe where BettyQ posted a recipe. Is that the same one the Teen used? Other readers were giving their email address to BettyQ for a chocolate cake recipe–WAS THERE ANOTHER CHOCOLATE CAKE recipe? If so, would appreciate it if you could send to me at calukban@yahoo.com

    Thanks and best regards!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 9:09 am

  126. peterb says:

    Happy Birthday MM! The cake looks delicious!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 10:16 am

  127. shasha says:

    happy birthday MM! Thank you for the interesting and beautiful stories you share!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 10:28 am

  128. titashi says:

    happy happy birthday MM! wishing you good health and lots of food adventures!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 11:34 am

  129. marissewalangkaparis says:

    BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! My internet on the blink these days so missed your special day…gee…so much catching up to do….hope you had lots of fun…great cakes there!!!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 11:44 am

  130. bagito says:

    Happy Birthday, MM! That cake looks so delish. Great job, Teen! (nice handwriting, too)

    Aug 21, 2009 | 11:57 am

  131. diday says:

    Belated Happy Birthday!!!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 12:06 pm

  132. Nina says:

    Cheers to you, MM. Thank you for the wonderful blogs on food, flowers, places, etc…..I’ve learned so much from your blogs. Kudos to your feeding program. You know how to live life to the fullest and at the same time sensitive to those in need. God bless.

    Aug 21, 2009 | 12:14 pm

  133. Fabian M says:

    Happy Bday :)

    Aug 21, 2009 | 12:31 pm

  134. tina says:

    All the best, MM and many many more to come.
    I got hooked to your blog the very same day I found it and life has never been the same. My day starts with reading your
    blog and it is so varied, true, interesting and sensitive and of course, yummy most of the time.
    Cheers! Happy, happy Birthday!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 12:32 pm

  135. Nina says:

    I think I missed the post on Betty Q.’s award-winning chocolate cake recipe. I tried to search it but was not able to. If anyone has a copy, would you please forward it. Thanks.

    Aug 21, 2009 | 12:50 pm

  136. Lee says:

    happy birthday!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 1:02 pm

  137. Ley says:

    Happy birthday MM!!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 2:07 pm

  138. Maj says:

    Happy birthday, Marketman!! I’ve been reading your blog for such a long time now :) Thanks for all the great entries :)

    Aug 21, 2009 | 2:12 pm

  139. crisci says:


    happy birthday!
    the cake looks so yummy!!!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 3:26 pm

  140. JOHN PAUL SARABIA says:

    mm happy birthday. i want to send you gift but dunno your place. anyway i just give you something more lasting best wishes.

    Aug 21, 2009 | 3:49 pm

  141. shalimar says:

    Bon anniversairie.

    Aug 21, 2009 | 4:57 pm

  142. Meg Mationg says:

    Happy Birthday Marketman :)

    Aug 21, 2009 | 5:04 pm

  143. mbv says:

    betty q, if u have time na here, my email mbvillena@yahoo.com for the award winning chocolate cake pls. Tnx

    Aug 21, 2009 | 5:34 pm

  144. istine says:

    Happy Birthday MM!!!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 7:30 pm

  145. paulo says:

    Happy Birthday MM! Thank you for this blog. the cake looks delish

    Aug 21, 2009 | 8:26 pm

  146. sasha says:

    Happy birthday MM, lotsa love, well done to the Teen! xox

    Aug 21, 2009 | 9:10 pm

  147. sometime_lurker says:

    HBD, MM!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 9:21 pm

  148. docgelo says:

    More delicious and inspiring posts to come!
    Happy Birthday MM!

    Aug 21, 2009 | 11:23 pm

  149. Mom-Friday says:

    Excuse me MM for using this to ‘talk’ to Betty Q :) Betty- thanks and hope you enjoy the aligue pasta…I think i missed the XO thingy here, hehe – do you have a recipe for that or i just buy the bottle sauce? and your award-winning Chocolate cake receipe,kindly post or email: weddings.michelle@gmail.com thanks! Also, i’m sure MM and lots of followers here would like to have you create your own blog filled with your treasure trove of kitchen delights and vast knowledge on food, I will be watching out for that! ;)

    Aug 22, 2009 | 12:12 am

  150. Mom-Friday says:

    oops, pardon my typos up there…it’s past midnight…

    Aug 22, 2009 | 12:14 am

  151. 4btiddy says:

    happy birthday MM!

    Aug 22, 2009 | 12:58 am

  152. Mary Kim says:

    Happy Birthday MM! Many more healthy and happy years to come^ ^

    Aug 22, 2009 | 1:07 am

  153. betty q. says:

    Mom-Friday: Can I just call you M-F? Ang haba your name lalo na si Artisan! Yes, you can make your own XO. Please just type in XO at MM’s search engine.

    Aug 22, 2009 | 3:14 am

  154. Beth says:

    Better late than never—–HAPPY 45th BIRTHDAY MM!

    Aug 22, 2009 | 10:13 am

  155. Jing_Bacolod says:

    happy birthday to you! august ka rin pala…mine was 11….happy bday to us! cheers…

    Aug 22, 2009 | 10:40 am

  156. kulasa says:

    Happy Birthday MM. (Late greeting as always)

    Aug 22, 2009 | 10:44 am

  157. GJN says:

    Happy birthday!

    Aug 22, 2009 | 2:46 pm

  158. Enteng says:

    Belated Happy Birthday MM! :-)

    Aug 22, 2009 | 5:18 pm

  159. Mom-Friday says:

    that’s great, thanks betty! – MF ;)

    Aug 22, 2009 | 11:45 pm

  160. kit says:

    happy birthday marketman!

    Aug 23, 2009 | 2:18 pm

  161. iya says:

    belated happy birthday, MM!

    Aug 23, 2009 | 6:07 pm

  162. Quillene says:

    Belated birthday greetings, MM!

    Here’s to more wonderful food discoveries and less “FISH PAN-TASTIC” encounters for the next year!

    Aug 24, 2009 | 6:44 am

  163. yan-i says:

    Happy Birthday MM. Nice cake teen =) very creative indeed!

    Aug 24, 2009 | 7:54 am

  164. Mameng says:

    Belated Happy Birthday Again MM!!!
    Prepared your Bicol Express recipe and served it for Family, Significant Other and Friends last Saturday. Family found it too spicy but they aren’t really into the hot stuff, but Significant Other and Friends loved it. And for me that’s all that mattered.

    Thanks, thanks, thanks!!!

    Aug 24, 2009 | 9:15 am

  165. jing says:

    just got back from cebu, MM! Belated happy birthday. Nice cake!
    May I also have the award-winning chocolate cake recipe from Ms. Betty Q pls? Here’s my addy: ginasycu64@yahoo.com

    Aug 24, 2009 | 9:43 am

  166. CecileJ says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, to my favorite blogger! Sorry have been silent lately but have been inundated with work.

    Aug 24, 2009 | 10:24 am

  167. iluzionada says:

    belated birthday wishes, MM. it must be a thrill to have such a wonderful surprise from your daughter. my son is only three years old, so i can only venture a guess at the warm, fuzzy feeling you must have gotten after seeing the Teen’s handiwork :)

    Aug 24, 2009 | 12:47 pm

  168. mojito drinker says:

    happy birthday mm!

    Aug 24, 2009 | 2:45 pm

  169. Helen says:

    Belated Happy Birthday, MM!!!

    Aug 24, 2009 | 3:59 pm

  170. corrine says:

    Happy birthday, MM! Love that cake icing! Nice work teen!

    Aug 24, 2009 | 9:33 pm

  171. patty says:

    Belated Happy Birthday, MM!!!
    That cake looks like the chocolate cake I usually bake – double layer chocolate cake from epicurious. Love that cake!

    Aug 25, 2009 | 5:34 am

  172. betty q. says:

    M-F: Thank you for having your vote of confidence in me about this blogging thingey. Unfortunately, I CANNOT go back on my word to the ALMIGHTY for I made a bargain when my oldest son was 10 years old. I think I already made a comment about it when MM lost his files or his computer crashed.

    Like any mother, I will give anything to make my son feel better…not sick! He developed these headaches that he didn’t know how to cope. He was only 10 years old then. I was at a loss what made hm sick and he would go into seizures. Pediatric neurologists couldn’t tell me anything. So, out of desperation, I asked HIM one day while I was driving not to take my son away yet for I waited for him a long time to come inot my life so give me a few years more and HE could take anything that I won and will give it with open arms even my life!

    Now,for the past 30 years, my whole career was in the 3 binders. Recipes given to me and pieces of paper just handwritten down and notes torn from pieces of paper, too! I know I where I stored it when we moved here to our new home. Then it just disappeared. Hubby was so apologetic for he took the bklame saying he might have thrown it away thinking it was garbage. He even offered to post a rewqard of a few thoussand $. Then I remembered the BARGAIN I made. Yes, when those binders disappeared, so did my son’s headaches and seizures stopped. My son of course, did not know anything about the bargain I made.

    It made me realize then that I did not need binders for what I know is already imbedded up in my head and in my heart! So, I do not anymore transfer recipes in binders or notebooks. When someone shares me their recipes, I just scribble them on a piece of paper and then stored in my TUPPERWARE….no CD or binders or folders! I made a bargain which I intend to keep no matter what!

    MM… I was cleaning my Tupperware when I came across this icing recipe. This is the one I learned back home when I was 14 years old. I think it is similar to Mrs. Polly’s based on the picture I have seen. My siblings prefer this frosting over ganache. It uses condensed mlk, evap. milk and cocoa powder. I do it over double boiler so it doesn’t scorch the bottom of the boil.

    I am relying on my memory here: 1 can condensed milk, 1/2 can evaporated milk (diluted), 6 tbsp. cocoa powder, i tsp. vanilla, 1 stick butter. I am sure of these propotions. This enough to frost 1 8 inch cake and some as palaman for pan desal! Just cook evertyhing in double npoiler until thickemed. Let it sit ovenight before using it so it will become really really thick.

    Aug 25, 2009 | 6:24 am

  173. betty q. says:

    Ok..typo up above, M-F…asked the ALMIGHTY and HE could take anything that I have even my life…

    Aug 25, 2009 | 6:26 am

  174. bluegirl says:

    BettyQ, your story is very touching and heartwarming. And your Bargain not only blessed your son but also blessed us, MM’s readers.

    Aug 25, 2009 | 9:12 am

  175. nikki says:

    Hi, MM..happy birthday! :)

    Can I also have a copy of bettyq’s award-winning chocolate cake recipe? my email is nitrogenv@yahoo.com.

    thank you. :)

    Aug 25, 2009 | 7:30 pm

  176. eustressor says:

    pahabol na maligayang bati sa iyong kaarawan MM!

    Aug 25, 2009 | 10:24 pm

  177. mdg says:

    betty q. im so moved by your story. im thankful that even thnough i don’t know you personally, it seems that your 1 of a very close friend or relative.

    God Bless you and your family always.

    Aug 26, 2009 | 9:50 am

  178. dhayL says:

    happy birthday MM, at 45 you’re looking good! :)

    Aug 27, 2009 | 6:26 am

  179. chris says:

    a belated birthday greeting to you mr.mm. god bless you and your family.

    Aug 28, 2009 | 9:32 pm

  180. chris says:

    hi bettyq. nainggit ako sa cake ni teen using your recipe. will i be able to do justice to it if i try? will let you know. i will make it come september. and if maganda yung result, i’ll make kulit to your award winning choco cake. :)

    Aug 28, 2009 | 9:42 pm

  181. san says:

    MM….sorry for being late…was out of town…a very Belated Happy Birthday!….May you have many many more to enjoy! San

    Sep 1, 2009 | 9:27 am

  182. Chesca says:


    Hi Ms. Betty Q., I was looking for a recipe for chocolate cake ala Mrs. Polly’s when I stumbled on this post. My fiance will have his birthday this November and he really likes Mrs. Polly’s cake. I don’t really cook or bake but I want to surprise him. If it’s not too much to ask, can you please email me (chesca26@gmail.com) the complete recipe of your cake. I also saw some of your recipes that you posted here and you inspire me to try to cook them for my love. God Bless and More Power!! Thank you!

    Oct 27, 2009 | 2:29 pm

  183. mike memo says:

    Hi Betty Q,

    Can I have a recipe of your famous Chocolate Cake and frosting? I’d be very happy to have it.

    Thank you.

    Mike Memo

    Mar 1, 2011 | 5:27 pm


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