Young baker takes the cake |

Young baker takes the cake

Nina Allen has a special talent. She bakes some of the best brownies around – and she is only 11 years old.

Allen’s marshmallow-mocha brownies came in first place in a recent baking contest held in San Francisco.

Allen beat out 25 other contestants in the First Annual Kids’ Bake-Off Contest, sponsored by Pillsbury and Albertson’s. Participants were required to include two Pillsbury ingredients.

Allen’s efforts earned her a $1,000 savings bond and a trip for four to Sea World in Orlando, Fla., to compete at the regional level.

“When we found out about the contest, Nina knew right away that she would make these brownies,” said Ron Allen, Nina’s father. Ron is the chef at Stanford Alpine Chalet and Nina credits him for getting her interested in cooking.

Ron says that Nina’s recipe is very technical and as with all baking requires very precise measurements.

Nina is a fifth grader at Prosser Creek Charter School. But don’t let her age fool you, her talent is real.

When asked if she was nervous about the upcoming event Nina replied with a cool, “Nope.”

Nina’s parents and two brothers plan to cheer Nina on at the upcoming regional competition. If her brownies measure up, Nina has the chance at raking in a $25,000 savings bond.

But Ron says after tasting the recipe over and over, the family is getting a little sick of brownies.

“We’ve been giving them away to anyone who will take them, even our dentist got some,” said Rob.

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