Easter is around the corner! How about something really different and special this year? Cakes, baked in eggshells!
These are easy and fun to make (though a little time consuming), and would be a great project to do with the kids. They would also make an impressive addition to a fancy brunch. Or a clever surprise in the Easter Basket!
Cake Filled Eggshells:
You’ll need: Eggshells, Cake Batter (from homemade or mix), mini muffin tins, an icepick or other sharp pointy object.
Prep your Eggshells
- Using an icepick, carefully make a hole in the top of each egg shell, then enlarge the hole to about a 1/2 inch in diameter.
- Pour out the insides and reserve for your cake batter, and/or other uses. Use a toothpick to mix the egg up a bit in the shell, then pour out.
- Wash your egg shells.
Looking for more info, I googled and found these instructions, which suggest the egg shells should then be soaked in salty water for 30 minutes. I have no idea if this is necessary, but I decided to try that. That recipe also suggested drizzling a little oil in the shells, but I found that problematic. Since I’m serving these in their shells, I’d just skip that, or try a squirt of non stick spray.
Fill and Bake:
- Place your eggs in a mini muffin tin, with the hole pointing up.
- Pipe cake batter into each shell, filling about 2/3-3/4 to the top.
- Put your cake batter in a piping bag or a plastic baggie with a corner cut off, and pipe batter into egg shells, filling about 2/3 of the way up.
- Use your cake recipe/mix as a guide to determine baking temp and time. It will take about as long as cupcakes would. Use the toothpick test to determine doneness.
- Remove any excess cake that has overflowed the shell.
- If desired, paint on additional easter decoration on the shell with food coloring .
- Serve in an egg cup or a clean egg carton. If you wish to add icing or whipped cream, peel off some of the shell to expose the cake, and top with your toppings.
- You could also just top the egg with an edible flower, and let the cake be a bit of a surprise!
(thanks to Grieg for helping me with the photos!- You can see a few more process photos and some more info at my blog!)