Celebrating Children's Day 2013

It was Children's Day yesterday, so I took a time off from work to spend it with my children. Because I want them to feel that the day is special, I prepared some simple treats and surprises. They woke up with this goodie with greeting cards and red packets waiting for them. And what do you expect? So extremely delighted they were!
I also made a yummy food repertoire that they will surely love. Every kid likes Nutella. I haven't encountered any who doesn't so far. Hence, Donna Hay's Self Frosting Nutella Cupcake makes a very fitting choice. This is one of the easiest cupcakes to make and the taste is simply superb. My kids usually describe it as the yummiest cupcake of all!  

SELF FROSTING NUTELLA CUPCAKE by Donna Hay (adapted by Kell's Kitchen)
What you need:
10 tbsp. butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract, pure
1 3/4 cups sifted all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup Nutella spread
How to make:
1. Pre-heat the oven to 160 C. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners.
2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Add in eggs one at a time until fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl with each addition.
4. Add vanilla. Stir in flour, salt and baking powder until batter is uniform and no flour remains.
5. Fill each cupcake case with batter, about 3/4 full. Top each cake with 1 heaped teaspoon of Nutella spread. Swirl Nutella in with a toothpick, making sure to fold a bit of batter up over the Nutella.
6. Bake for 20 mins until the tops of the cupcakes are slightly browned and a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean. Remove from the tin and cool completely.
7. Decorate with 1/2 tsp of Nutella spread and Ferrero Chocolate (However, I find the Almond Coconut too sweet, so I think you can substitute it with another chocolate or you can simply take it out. The cupcake is already good enough to consume as it is).

Likewise, kids' favourite food items adored the breakfast plates - Ham and Bacon Burger  and Penne Bolognese
Here's how to make them:
Ham and Bacon Burger - simply layer cheese, ham, bacon, tomatoes and lettuce in a toasted bun
Penne Bolognese - cook 250g mini penne according to package directions, drain and set aside. Sauté 1 tbsp. minced garlic, 1 tbsp. chopped onion in 2 tbsp. olive oil until fragrant. Add 300g minced beef, stir fry and cook until tender. Season with salt & pepper. Add in 500g spaghetti sauce and simmer for 10 mins with continuous stirring. Serve on a plate with grated parmesan cheese.
It's only once in a year that we celebrate Children's Day. Needless to say, every child matters and therefore deserves to be loved and made feel special everyday. Don't you think so?   


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