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Monday, January 17, 2011


Who doesn't like to watch TV drama series? I for one have been forbidding myself from falling into the Korean TV series mania that hit the whole world like a storm. Say a few.... Winter Sonata, Stairway to Heaven, Coffee Prince? Any of these you haven't watched? I confess, I have watched none...

And I was just doing okay turning away from what everyone or anyone was talking about in the last few years. Our office maid is a Korean serie fanatics, she claimed she had watched and kept every single Korean series she could laid her hands on in this country. And feel free to talk to her about any actor or actress, old and new. She knows it all.

But to my surprise, I could never keep my eyes off of the US TV series. Some were exposed to me and got me glued to every minute and second of the storyline. Once I was a big fan of Carrie Bradshaw in "Sex and The City". I had watched and rewatched the episodes a couple of times and started to write my sentence that went like "I can't stop but wonder ......". And then there were a few more provocative ones that entertained me shortly afterwards like "Six Feet Under", "The Ghost Whisperer" and "Lost". These three evently got me annoyed - don't know why, I just saw my interest diminish overtime until I found "Nip Tuck" and "Desperate Housewives".

The latest has become my all time favorite and funny enough I think the production could not catch up with my viewing speed so I ended up facing a lot of void for a certain period of time. And while waiting I got myself busy with replaying the old episodes or ..... opening myself to new options...

I stumbled into "Ugly Betty" a while ago and never really thought of getting into it until a closed friend told me she really liked it. My niece left our family trip this month with a message that I should catch "Glee". Wow, can I commit to that? While eventually came to meet face to face with "Ugly Betty" first episode, I had to admit - despite being a bit dull in the beginning - she grew into an interesting personality and soon enough she was adorable and had to exit Disc 6 of the first season. Oh man!

Do I miss Betty already like I miss all my family members that left after spending our wonderful time together in Thailand? Yes, I kind of do... so just have to catch the second season, shouldn't I ?. Meanwhile I have a few in my list: "The Traveler", "The Mentalist". "Brothers and Sisters" and "Dirty Sexy Money". Which one will drop and which one will sustain? Lets' see!

Do you have any favorite series too? Share your titles with me :-)

Makes 13

- Cake flour > 250 grams
- Salt > 1 teaspoon
- Baking powder > 6 grams
- Evaporated milk > 100 ml
- Coconut milk > 165 ml
- Salted butter – room temperature > 75 grams
- Granulated sugar > 270 grams
- Vanilla extract > 2 teaspoons
- Eggs > 3
- Whipping cream > 200 ml
- Desiccated coconut - to decorate
- Gooseberries

- Preheat oven to 180 C.
- Combine cake flour, salt and baking powder. Sift. Set aside.
- Mix evaporated milk and coconut milk together. Set aside.
- Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla extract with electric cake mixer at medium speed for 5 minutes.
- Add eggs, one at a time and beat thoroughly.
- Set to low speed, fold in sifted flour mixture and evaporated milk mixture, alternately a little bit at a time. Beat until smooth.
- Pour batter into cupcake moulds, about 80% full.
- Bake for 25 minutes or whilst inserting toothpick into cupcake, it comes out clean.
- Leave to cool.
- Beat whipping cream at high speed until soft peak.
- Fill into the piping bag and pipe on top of cupcakes as desired.
- Sprinkle with desiccated coconut. Top with goosebery.


  1. I love using coconut milk...I use it in so many dishes. Anytime it says milk in a dessert, I use coconut milk! So these are right up my alley. They look delicious, Kris.
    As far as series are concerned, I got hooked on Lost and on True Blood. Mad Men is good too. I don't watch very many, and usually only when someone raves about a show.

  2. I love series like Nip/Tuck, True Blood or Six Feet Under. What exquisite cupcakes!



  3. I am totally hooked on Gray's anatomy, I think I have watched all the episodes. I also watch Private Practice, which is shown here right after Gray's anatomy. I love watching Lie to me, but haven't seen all the episodes. My new favorite is Detroit 187, a brand new show on a police precinct in Detroit. The main character is played by Michael Imperioli, an Italian American actor previously seen in The Sopranos, and I think he is brilliant in this role. I used to watch Desperate Housewives but lost interest when it became really absurd.

  4. Forgot to thank you for the recipe, I love coconut flavor.

  5. These are so cute! I love the way you decorated them.

  6. These are so cute! I love the way you decorated them.

  7. These are so cute! I love the way you decorated them.

  8. We seem to like many of the same things so here is my list :
    The Tudors
    The L Word
    Shameless (very new)
    Big Love
    Nurse Jackie
    US of Tara

    Love your pictures as always!

  9. that is another reason to avoid TV !! :D I used to be the person always falling in love with tv-drama. Long ago we used to watch Little House on The Praire.. next move to US, I fallen in love with Sex in The City. :O .. but one day i said, "enough" but the truth is never enough..

    *the crazy thing is, I always watching "Gosh Hunter International" - well, just currious about another world even after that I kind of scare to go basement, silly me.

    what a lovely cupcake, Kris..while you enjoy your TV than grab the cupcake..oh no !! watch for the weight LOL..

  10. My "newest" discovery is "How I met your mother". Which is really funny. I was a huge fan of "Sex and the city", too. Who wasn't? Such a great series.
    I like watching those series, too. It's so relaxing. I can totally understand you.

  11. Your cupcakes are so cute(looks like an egg on top), and your photos so sharp and vivid! Hmmm, t.v. shows...Mostly the Food channel:) Have a wonderful week, Kris!

  12. Cute cupcakes!! I just got back from Vietnam where I had coconut all day every day! Glad to read I'm not the only one obsessed with tv shows... right now I'm into the new 90210!

  13. Ha! I do like watching Asian dramas (Korean and Japanese kinds) - but only a few which are well-written and acted. They are addictive, just like these cupcakes! :)

  14. I don't enjoy the soap opera dramas very much, but I do enjoy your baking, and these cupcakes look heavenly. Love how you decorated with the gooseberries.

  15. Gorgeous cupcakes Kris! I love love love Castle...I'm addicted to that at the moment. Was glued to TrueBlood and Fringe for a while also :)

  16. hmmm...talking about TV Series. I do have have quite a lot to share. Let see...Brothers & Sisters, Grey's Anatomy, NCIS, NCIS LA, Gossip Girls, Bones, Private Practise, Vampire Diaries, Parenthood, House, 90210 and Human Target. I'm so behide this season. lol. I hope you will find something interesting in my list! By the way, I saw this cape gooseberry at the King's Market store. Wonder what it taste like. Some says it similar to tomato. I can't find any recipe that use it. Do you have any good recipe for the cape gooseberry?

  17. Very clever decoration of the cupcakes. I can admit to not being a fan of any of teh hsows you mentioned. NCIS or any of teh CSI's are my current downfall!

  18. Buonissimi e splendidamente presentati!
    Buona giornata

  19. These look so lovely! The perfect snack to eat when watching your favorite tv show! My favorites are; Sex and the City (of course), La Femme Nikita, The It Crowd & The New Adventures Of The Old Christine.

  20. Your photos always make me want to eat! I've been baking with coconut, too, lately. I guess it's perfect for this time of year.

    Don't get me started on TV! As soon as I get sucked into a show, that's it, I'm out of commission. I just started watching Glee, and love it! I got hooked after 1 episode. I also like Grey's Anatomy, House, The Good Wife, Gossip Girl, and Damages.

  21. I have never had the opportunity to try gooseberries. I will surely look for them now. Your photos are stunning as always!
    We watch the NCIS series and love "24" when it is on.

  22. Coconut vanilla really sound delicious and exotic! Got to try this exquisite flavor combination you made. Never tried the Cape gooseberries, I am sure they are sweeter than the Ribes gooseberries. I'll see if i can find them here.They look so juicy. So many cupcake recipes nowadays but yours is the best, I must say!
    You are right about these TV novelas, you outgrow them very quickly!

  23. I'm a Desperate Housewife and Brothers and Sisters fan too. I'm sure I'd be a big fan of these luscious cupcakes too!

  24. Yumm your pictures are so beautiful !!
    This cupcakes look delicious .. ;)

  25. Gorgeous cuppies, Kris! I've been resisting the Korean dramas trend, too. Even my college roommate who rarely did anything but study got so addicted that she'd watch them for hours a day. Perhaps I'll give in once the fad fades 8). As for US shows, I think you watch more than I do! My favorites include a vampire show called True Blood, one about a doctor solving medical mysteries called House, and a fantastic scifi series (that's very relevant to real issues) called Battlestar Galactica. But mostly I watch Japanese animes hehe. I've heard great things about The Mentalist and Glee, though, and have been thinking about getting into them myself.

  26. Your cupcakes look wonderful and I can almost taste those flavors playing on my tongue. I love your recipes. My T.V. watching is very limited so I should be embarrassed to publicly admit what I watch when the set is on. I am addicted to NCIS and BBC Mystery. I never miss them. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  27. Kris, these sweet little cakes have captured my heart. I'm bookmarking the recipe!

  28. Our family is addicted to two Australia TV series - Packed to the Rafters and Sea Patrol! We watch each series then buy the DVD's to rewatch and rewatch! Crazy, I know!
    I love your cupcakes but really I adore the gorgeous white cake stand!

  29. Oh Kris! Where to begin?!

    - Desperate Housewives
    - Cougar Town (quirky humour)
    - Glee
    - House (My favourite! A genius dr with no bedside manner at all)
    - Fringe (Dabbling in the paranormal like X Files)
    - CSI Las Vegas (Crime, forensics)
    - CSI New York (Crime, forensics)
    - Criminal Minds (Crime, FBI)
    - Bones (FBI agent & anthropologist who solve murders by the bones of found bodies)

    There are more but those are my top favourites :)

    STUNNING photos, as always. Now to find gooseberries....

  30. Oh! One more!

    - Dexter (Dark comedy, A serial killer with a conscience who only goes after criminals who are not brought to justice. He's an actor from Six Feet Under)

    Ok, that's all! ;)

  31. I don't have a TV don't know any of the series you mention, I do stream AU Masterchef of the Internet though and hated to miss one! Love your photos and those cakes are adorable

  32. oh those are GOOSEBERRIES! neat! lovely, lovely cupcakes.

    yes i am a tv hound! i never got into k-shows, but i used to love sex and the city. lately i keep it restricted to house, modern family, and 30 rock, they keep me busy enough. and of course the FOOD NETWORK. im considering glee too, but like you i have to ask, can i commit to that??

  33. What a wonderful blog and delicious recipes ... I was fascinated ... excuse my English but use a translator, we good Ely

  34. Love that you added coconut milk :) The gooseberries make such a pretty presentation.

    I'm so hooked on Desperate Housewives. I also like How I met your mother, Law & Order SVU and Psych (isn't Shawn so cute?)

  35. These cakes look so cheerful, like sunny side up fried eggs!

    My favourite US series have been Six Feet Under, Sopranos, Lost. Currently working my way through a re-run of Twin Peaks on the UK Horror Channel (didn't see it the first time) and next we're starting on box set of Mad Men... I definitely love my US shows, they're so much better in the past 10 years than they were when I was growing up.

  36. Kris, I was and still am a HUGE fan of Sex and the City, still watch the eps on DVD occasionally. The past few years, I haven't gottebn hooked on any network television, just cable reality shows like Top Chef, and uhh..hate to admit it, but the Real Housewives of 'fill in blank', all of them!

    That said, loving those cupcakes. Only you could make a gooseberry look like candy, my friend :)

  37. I love Korean Dramas. I recommend you watching them. Watch Save The Last Dance for Me. Or if you're looking for a romantic comedy: Boys Over Flowers, You're Beautiful, My Girl.. they're all really great. WAY MORE ADDICTING than American tv shows.

  38. Kris, I must say I'm more of a suspense and sci-fi fan. So CSI, Fringe, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds are more up my alley. BTW the cupcakes look scrumptious.